Murray State University Amateur Radio Club

        Kentucky State Parks on the Air

KYPOTA Official Contest Rules


To promote public awareness of ham radio and Kentucky’s beautiful state park and national park system; to contribute to the recognition that Kentucky has a very diverse and wonderful ecology; to promote camaraderie within the ranks of Kentucky’s Amateur Radio Operators; to encourage contact with other Amateur Radio Operators around the state, country, and world;  and to provide additional operating experience for Amateur Radio Operators.


 To have competing stations operating from as many of Kentucky’s fifty state parks and nine national sites (referred to here as Kentucky Parks) as possible.  Making contacts from a Kentucky Park to other Kentucky Parks is the goal all stations should strive for. Note:  Non-Kentucky stations may work only Kentucky stations located in a Kentucky Park; Kentucky stations not located in a Kentucky Park may only contact stations operating from inside a Kentucky Park

Contest Date

 1st KYPOTA – October 24, 2020

Contest Period

 October 24, 2020: – 1400 UTC to 2200 UTC (9 am – 5 pm CDT). Eight hours.

Modes and Bands

  • Modes of Operation: SSB, CW and Digital

(Only digital modes capable of including the park ID in the exchange can be allowed)

  • Amateur Radio Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.
  • Please honor all band plans.
  • Stations may be worked once on each band, mode and park

Suggested Frequencies

 These are only suggested frequencies. Operators should use good amateur radio practices and be considerate of others – do not cause interference.

 Band (Meters) Phone (MHz)

80                    3.825

40                    7.200

20                    14.250

15                    21.300

10                    28.450

Entry Categories

You may work this contest as either a Single Operator or Multi-operator, you can use any legal power limit.  But only one log should be submitted by each user for each park worked.  Park to Park contacts will be found by matching the logs submitted from each park and having matching contacts with exchanges.

Reminder: Low Power = .1 to 100 watts     High Power = Greater than 100 watts

Kentucky Park Identifiers

Park:                                          ID:                                     Park:                                       ID:

Barren River Lake                  BRL                                   Big Bone Lick                        BBL

Blue Licks Battlefield             BLB                                   Breaks Interstate                  BI

Buckhorn Lake                        BLR                                   Carr Creek                              CC

Carter Caves                             CCR                                   Columbus-Belmont              CB

Cumberland Falls                    CF                                      Dale Hollow                           DH

Dawkins Line Rail trail          DLR                                   Dr. Thomas Walker              DTW

“Tom” Sawyer                          TS                                       Ft. Boonesborough               FB

General Burnside Island       GBI                                     General Butler                       GB

Grayson Lake                          GL                                       Green River Lake                  GRL

Greenbo Lake                         GLR                                     Isaac Shelby Cemetery         ISC

Jefferson Davis                       JD                                        Jenny Wiley                            JW

John James Audubon            JJA                                       Kenlake                                    KLR

Kentucky Dam Village           KDV                                   Kincaid Lake                            KL

Kingdon Come                        KC                                       Lake Barkley                            LB

Lake Cumberland                   LCR                                    Lake Malone                           LM

Levi Jackson Wilderness       LJW                                   Lincoln Homestead                LH

Mineral Mounds                    MM                                     My Old Kentucky Home       MKH

Natural Bridge                        NB                                      Nolin Lake                               NL

Old Fort Harrod                      OFH                                  Old Mulkey Meetinghouse    OMM

Paintsville Lake                       PL                                     Pennyrile Forest                      PF

Perryville Battlefield              PB                                     Pine Mountain                         PMR

Pine Mountain Scenic Trail PMT                                   Rough River Dam                    RRD

Taylorsville Lake                     TL                                     Waveland Historic Site          WSH

White Hall Historic Site        WH                                    Wickliffe Mounds                   WM

William Whitley House        WWH                                Yatesville Lake                         YL

Kentucky National Sites

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace  ALB                                Big South Fork                        BSF

Camp Nelson                          CN                                       Cumberland Gap                    CG

Fort Donelson                         FD                                      Lewis and Clark                      LAC

Mammoth Cave                      MC                                     Trail of Tears                           TT

Land Between the Lakes       LBL


 – Stations operating from a Kentucky Park send their call sign and their Kentucky State Park Identifier.    Example: “K8BF, LBL”

– Kentucky stations NOT operating from a Kentucky Park send their call sign and “Kentucky”.    Example: “K8BF, Kentucky”

– Non-Kentucky W/VE stations send their call sign and State or Province.                    Example: “KD4BF, Georgia” or “VE3BF, Ontario”

– DX stations outside of W/VE (including KH6/KL7) send call sign and “DX”.       Example: “KL7BF, DX”


All contest stations must be inside the actual boundary of the Kentucky Park they are reporting to be transmitting from. You cannot pull off the highway near a Kentucky Park and claim to be in the Kentucky Park.   Our expectations are for everyone to operate on an honor system and follow all the rules in order for this contest to be fair to everyone that participates.  This is a RADIO contest and you should put in your log what you heard during the contest – not what you found on the internet afterwards.

Operation from a boat is allowed but the locations (GPS coordinates) and the nearest mile maker on the lake operated from must be supplied as part of the entry.  The operation must occur within the park boundary or from within a bay where the park is located.  Operations from within a bay on the LBL side of either Kentucky Lake or Barkley Lake will be considered as located in LBL and must be surrounded on three sides by LBL territory.  For example, at Kenlake State Park (see image to the right) operation within the bay containing the Kentucky Dam Marina is considered inside of the park because the bay is under the control of the park.  Likewise, the bay where Kenlake Marina is located is also considered to be inside the park.


 – QSO POINTS – Each complete non-duplicate contact is worth one point, per mode, per park.

– MULTIPLIERS – Multipliers are the 59 Kentucky Parks (1 per park = 59 maximum).   1 multiplier for each different Kentucky Park contacted

– FINAL SCORE – Multiply QSO points times the total number of multipliers.

– Contestants making contact with the host club, K4MSU, can receive 3 QSO bonus points.  Maximum 3 bonus points per contestant per park activated.

– Murray State University Amateur Radio Club (MSUARC) members and logs submitted under the K4MSU call sign will be considered check logs only.

– Send in a standard Cabrillo file only.

– It is recommended to use a contest template that offers an exchange sent and one received.  This is similar to many QSOPARTY type formats.  Your logs should show the exchange you send (your park ID) and the exchange you received (park/state/province), as well as the time and signal report.


 K8BF operating from Kenlake State Park – 10 contacts on 80 meters, 15 contacts on 40 meters, 12 contacts on 15 meters, Total Contacts = 37, plus 3 bonus points for contacting a K4MSU site.  Number of different Kentucky State Parks contacted = 10, Total score = 10 x (37+3) = 400.


-Call signs and exchange information must be received, confirmed and logged by both stations for a complete contest QSO.

– No cross-mode contacts and no credit for contacts made through repeaters or satellites.

– Please honor all band plans.

– No station may claim simultaneous operation of the same call sign in more than one Kentucky Park, State, Province or Country at the same time.  Except the host club call sign, K4MSU.

– No individual shall make a QSO utilizing more than one call sign.

– Stations inside a Kentucky Park must make a minimum of four contacts. Three of the four contacts being made to three other (different from where you are transmitting from) Kentucky Park stations. This gives others the opportunity to contact your Kentucky Park.

– Multi-Operator entries may only use one call sign during the contest.

– Contacts made with captive stations do not support the stated purpose of KYPOTA and will not be counted. This includes contacts made with other passengers in a mobile, as well as so-called “California Train operations”, wherein a group of mobiles travel together for purposes of making contacts within the group.

– Soliciting for contacts is encouraged to promote more contacts being made during the contest. You can ask a station to meet you on a different band in order to make an additional contact. You should not self-spot on a cluster or spotting network, but you can ask another ham operator that is not in your group to spot you.

– Use of spotting networks is allowed. Since the use of mobile smart phones and wi-fi in Kentucky Parks is now commonplace, looking up spots on clusters is easy to do. This will encourage additional contacts for everyone during the contest.

– Remote operations are not allowed. Remote operations are defined as an operator having a transmitter at one location (example: in a State Park) and is controlling it remotely from another location (example: outside the State Park). Or an operator has a receiver in a different location than the transmitter where the operator is located. For this contest the operator, transmitter and receiver must be in the same location.

– If you are multi-op, you can get assistance from other humans in your operation. We encourage the monitoring of packet or spotting systems during the contest so additional awareness of the contest can be made to encourage participation during the contest.

– Decisions of the Kentucky Parks On The Air Contest Committee are final.


 – e-mail entries to: .

– Logs must clearly indicate UTC time (not local time), Band, Mode, Call Sign Contacted, State/Province/DX, or Kentucky Park Identifier received for all QSOs as applicable.

– Cabrillo files are required to be used for log submissions.

– E-mailed logs must be sent to and must be sent in no later than November 7, 2020, 14 days after the end of the contest. Logs arriving after the 14 day entry window will be considered check logs.

Reasons Why Your Log May Be Considered a ‘Checklog’

– Log sheet(s) missing – UTC times not listed – exchanges missing.

– Log sheet arrives past the due date.

–  Part or all of the operation occurred outside of the boundary of a Kentucky park or outside of Kentucky for a park that spans states.

If you have any questions, please contact the KYPOTA team by e-mail:


Electronic Certificates will be awarded to:

– 1st place – in each of the entry categories (Overall High Score entry will also be noted on the top winner’s certificate)

Certificates will be awarded to: – 2nd and 3rd place – in each of the entry categories

Logs must be emailed no later than November 7, 2020, 14 days after the contest.

Cabrillo Logs may be E-mailed to: