I was able to operate portable four times this year. Briefly, here are some photos and comments.
Texas State Parks on the Air (TSPOTA)
I operated only on Saturday - April 7th. As it was cool (~39F), damp and threatening rain, I elected to operate while sitting in the car at Longhorn Cavern State Park (EM00tq). I only made 15 QSOs No other Texas state parks were heard. As of this writing, no scores have been posted. Used the K1 @ 5W with a 20M dipole. This is a pleasant and scenic location, and my closest state park.
QRP to the Field (QRPTTF)
The Flight of the Bumblebees (FotBBs)
The Skeeter Hunt
This was on the 29th of August and once more at Black Rock Park. Again 29 QSOs with the K1 @ 5W, the 20M dipole and the 40M EFHW.
More on Black Rock Park
This park, on the west side of Lake Buchanan, is operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). This is not a state park, but is operated in a similar manner. In my experience, these parks are very popular with families, especially in the summertime. I would strongly suggest reservations or getting there early and being flexible. Here are some links:
Black Rock Park
I had a very good experience at this park. The staff was both friendly and very helpful. I did a scouting run through the park early in 2018 and made note of the sites with 20 and 40M spaced trees. :-) No one seemed to have any problem with me hanging antennas - and on my last visit, I was greeted with, "Oh, you're that radio guy."
cln - Nick