This weekend is a cornucopia of special event stations! With summer in full swing, there are a lot festivals and fairs, some of which feature special event stations. As usual, there are historic events and birthdays to recognize; this weekend features the birthdays of Ernie Pyle and the US Coast Guard along with historic events. The weekend and week ahead will also see various island, summit, and park activations. It should be a great weekend to find some special event stations on the air!
27 July – 4 Aug, 0000Z-2359Z, KB3WBE – Camp Perry National Match: A number of shooter/hams at the Camp Perry, Ohio National Matches are slated to field calls between shooting matches at the Camp Perry Nationals this year under the umbrella organization of Shooter’s ARC. This will include a number of military, military packsets, civilian packsets and other portable rigs. Scheduled frequencies are 14.261Mhz between 1600 and 2200Z and 7.213Mhz between 2200 and 0400Z or until the band drops out. QSL via SARC, PO Box 147, Summit Station, OH 43073; all requests for QSL must arrive on or before 30 September 2012. A donation of either $1 and SASE, or $2 to help defray costs would be appreciated.
3-20 August, 2200Z-0400Z, W9ISF – Indiana State Fair: The Indiana State Fair Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the Indiana State Fair on or near 14.240 7.240. QSL via Ken Bandy, 7405 E County Rd 900 N, Brownsburg, IN 46112. They will also be QRV periodically on various bands.
3-5 August, 1400Z-2300Z, K7K – Cove Fort Days: The Cove Fort Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the annual re-enactment of Cove Fort from Cove Fort in Beaver, UT. Cove Fort was a fort and way station built in 1867 and restored in 1992. They’ll be operating on or near 14.250, 7.272, 3.987, and 146.52. Certificate via Alan Bryner, KK7UD, 4021 North 500 West, Ogden, UT 84414.
3-5 August, 0000z-2359Z, W9I – Ernie Pyle’s 112th Birthday: Indy Hams will be operating on or near 21.060, 14.060, and 7.030 in honor of Ernie Pyle’s 112th birthday. Certificate & QSL via Brian Murrey, 47 Grassy Dr, Whiteland, IN 46184. (For those not familiar with Ernie Pyle and wonder why a special event station might honor him, take time to read this.)
3-5 August, 2300Z-2200Z, XL31812 – War of 1812 200th Anniversary: The Amherstburg Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the grounds of Fort Malden National Historic Park in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812. They’ll be operating on or near 14.150, 7.200, and 3.760. QSL via David Beckett, 52 County Rd 10 (Middle Sideroad N), Amherstburg, ON N9V2R9, CANADA. Website: va3arg.arcservice.ca
3-6 August, 2000Z-1500Z, W1T – Thacher Island Activation: The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will be activating Thacher Island (IOTA NA-148, USI MA001S, Lighthouses USA-105 and USA-1027) on or near 21.040-21.065, 14.030-14.035, 7.040-7.065, 28.400, 14.250, 14.070, 7.185, and 7.035. They plan on operating CW, SSB, and PSK. QSL via Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association, 6 Stanwood St, Gloucester, MA 01930. Website: http://caara.net/main/?page_id=865
4-5 August, 1200Z-2359Z, W8AL – Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival: Canton Amateur Radio Club will be operating in conjunction with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival (My Saints will be playing in the 2012 Hall of Fame Game this year and Saints great Willie Roaf will be inducted into the Hall of Fame) on or near 28.365, 21.365, 14.265, and 7.265. Certificate via Roger Gray, W8VE, 3506 21st St NW, Canton, OH 44708 – include QSL and $2 S&H. Website: www.w8al.org
4-5 August, 1300Z-1800Z, VE3WCD – Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival: The Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club will be operating on or near 28.250, 21.250, 14.250, and 7.250 in conjunction with the Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival. QSL. Niagara Peninsula ARC, PO Box 20036, Grantham Postal Outlet, St Catharines, ON L2M 7W7, CANADA. Website: www.nparc.on.ca
4-5 August, 1200Z-1900Z, KC2YYL – International Lighthouse – Lightship Weekend: The Niagara County Amateur Radio Events Services Station will be operating on 40 Meters from Fort Niagara Lighthouse for the International Lighthouse – Lightship Weekend. QSL via John Titta, 1460 Staley Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072. Website: kc2yyl.net
Note: Although this event lists the weekend as 4-5 August, the event’s website shows 18-19 August. 314 stations worldwide will be participating in the International Lighthouse – Lightship Weekend; a list of stations and QSL information for those stations can be found at http://illw.net/index.php/entrants-list-2012.
4-5 August, 1400Z-2000Z, W9B – Sheboygan Brat Days: The Sheboygan County Amateur Radio Club will be operating on or near 21.350, 14.275, and 7.275 in conjunction with the Brat Days (as in Bratwurst) Festival in Sheboygan, WI. Certificate via Robert Durfee, 924 Lincoln Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081. Website: www.w9vcl.com
4-5 August, 1400-0400Z, K1CG – 222nd Birthday of the United States Coast Guard: The Coast Guard CW Operators Association will be operating on or near 21.327, 21.052, 14.327, 14.052, 7.227, 7.052, 3.827, and 3.552 in honor of the Coast Guard’s 222nd birthday. The callsign K1CG will be operated by several different stations across the country starting on the East coast and moving west. QSL via Fred Goodwin, 424 N Bagley Ck Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
4 August, 1400Z-2300Z, KE7NO – Potomac School Pioneer Days: KE7NO will be operating on 21.340, 14.305, 7.210, and 7.055 in conjunction with Potomac School Pioneer Days in Potomac, MT. QSL via KE7NO, 5330 Twin Creek Rd, Bonner, MT 59823.
4 August, 1700Z-2130Z, W0IKE – River City Days: The Hiawatha Valley Radio Club will be operating in conjunction with the River City Days Festival in Red Wing, MN on 147.300, 21.300, 14.350, and 7.200. QSL via Bill Eichenlaub, 1966 Launa Ave, Red Wing, MN 55066.
5 August, 0900Z-2100Z, K0YB – Colorado 14er Event: The Colorado VHF Group will be operating on or near 147.420, 14.060, 14.260, and 21.330 as part of the Colorado 14er Event. QSL via Bob Witte, 21060 Capella Dr, Monument, CO 80132.
Note: Other amateur radio operators will be active from various 14,000 ft mountains throughout Colorado as part of this event. For more information, see the Colorado 14er Event website.
5-8 August, 1500Z-2200Z, K8BLP – Twins Day Festival, The World’s Largest Gathering of Identical Twins: The Triangle Amateur Radio Club will be operating on or near 21.250, 18.130, 14.260, and 7.210 in conjunction with the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, OH. QSL via Richard, Box 30, East Liverpool, OH 43920.
6-12 August, N6L – Lassen Volcanic National Park Activation: A group of amateur radio operators will be operating from the Lassen Volcanic National Park to celebrate the park’s 96th Birthday. They’ll be operating on CW and Phone throughout the week. QSL via Lassen Volcanic National Park 96th Anniversary Special Event, 5921 Cedars Rd, Redding, CA 96001. Website: http://lassenbirthday.blogspot.com
GB2012MV – 2012 London Olympics: The Warrington Amateur Radio Club, the South Manchester Amateur Radio Club, and the West Manchester Amateur Radio Club will be operating GB2012MV, a Multiband Olympic station celebrating the 2012 London Olympics, located in the football venue of Manchester in the North West of the UK. QSL via Buro.
The Radio Society of Great Britain and Ofcom have authorized radio amateurs to use special prefixes between 21 July and 9 September 2012 in celebration of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games. Callsigns beginning with GB2012 will be available for 2012 London Olympics Special Event Stations. Additionally, four “flagship” stations using the prefix 2O12a (letter O not number zero) will be licensed during the 2012 Olympics.
For more information on special event stations over the weekend, check out Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK’s Practical Amateur Radio Podcast. Each week he presents info on various special event stations that will be active over the coming weekend. There’s lots of good info in Jerry’s podcasts in addition to the special event station info, give them a listen!