Activator FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

A "Participant" is a ham radio operator that is listening or hunting for one of the 16 states club call signs being activated for the LCTOTA event.

An "Activator" or "Activating Station" is one of the clubs listed on the LCTOTA home page that will be actively calling CQ as one of the 16 states associated with the Lewis and Clark trail.

Each club activating stations for LCTOTA has a signup administrator. This person will be signing up the activating stations for their club and passing on the names, call signs and email addresses to LCTOTA so the stations can register to activate. They will also be your key contact to coordinate the use of your club call sign for this event.

The signup administrator for your club will pass on your name, call sign and email address to the LCTOTA organizer. After LCTOTA has received this information, you will receive an email inviting you to register with the LCTOTA site and enter the dates, time and modes that you will be activating. If you don't receive an email request with 2 days of the event starting, please check your spam folder and contact your club signup administrator to verify they have submitted your information.

Clubs are encouraged to use their own club signs. LCTOTA is not requesting or promoting the use of special call signs. However, an activating club can use whatever call sign permitted to them by the call sign owner or trustee. Keep in mind, the call sign your club uses to represent your state, will be the call sign shown on the certificate.

No, however, it is good etiquette not to have two stations with the same call sign on the same band and mode calling CQ at the same time. For example, If a club was calling CQ on 20m SSB, CW and FT8 all at the same time, that would be ok.

You can activate your station anywhere within the State your club is registered in. For example, the Clark County Amateur Radio Club in Washington State is on the Columbia River next to the State of Oregon and has club members in both Washington and Oregon. Since a goal of this event is to contact each state on the Lewis and Clark trail, we are asking all CCARC members to activate in Washington State.

Yes, providing you follow all the rules for a POTA activation. The POTA rules for logging are fairly simple and the information required for the log is similar to the LCTOTA event.

LCTOTA will not accept any paper logs. You will need to manually enter your log into a logging program and create an ADIF file. Be sure when you do this to verify your dates and time for each entry as most logging software will default to the date and time the entry was made. Once the ADIF file is created, you can upload it to the LCTOTA webpage.

Use your login to access the signup schedule at the LCTOTA webpage and modify the dates and times you will be operating.

All activating stations are to use the call sign for the club they are registered with. These are the club call signs that are listed on the LCTOTA web page and are what the LCTOTA participants will be listening for when you call CQ. The use of the club call sign for your club will be coordinated by your club's Signup Administrator. The Signup Administrator will coordinate with the club's license trustee to use the license.

LCTOTA will be promoting this on-the-air event through the ARRL, social media and section newsletters. All activating stations are encouraged to promote this event using their own means.

LCTOTA is only issuing participating certificates to those that request one. LCTOTA is not issuing or sending any QSL cards. Each participating club is free to send their own QSL cards. The LCTOTA logo will be made available to all clubs participating so they can create their own QSL cards.

Yes, you can but you need to follow the following rule: the location of the transmitter and antenna count for the state you are activating. For example, if your transmitter and antenna are in Washington State and you are operating remotely from your apartment in Oregon, you need to be registered to activate as a Washington State station with the CCARC of Washington and use the W7AIA call sign.