This weekend closely follows the the anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, the day that would “live in infamy” and bring the United States into World War II. Given the importance of that event, it is no surprise that there area number of special event stations honoring that anniversary this weekend.
- 7-8 Dec, 0200Z-0400Z, W5LEX – USS Lexington (CV-16) Pearl Harbor Day: The South Texas Amateur Radio Club will be operating on or near 28.485, 14.325, 14.265, and 7.275 in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor from the amateur radio station aboard the museum ship USS Lexington (CV-16). QSL via South Texas Amateur Radio Club, USS Lexington (CV-16), PO Box 2182, Corpus Christi, TX 78403. Website: www.n5crp.org
- 8-9 Dec, 1400Z-2000Z, W2W – Pearl Harbor Commemoration: The National Electronics Museum Amateur Radio Club will be operating on or near 14.241, 14.041, 7.241, and 7.041 in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor from the amateur radio station at the National Electronics Museum in Baltimore, MD. QSL for certificate or QSL via K3NEM, c/o National Electronics Museum, PO Box 1693, MS 4015, Baltimore, MD 21203. Website: k3nem.org
- 8-9 Dec, 1500Z-2130Z, N4WIS – Pearl Harbor Special Event: The USS Wisconsin Radio Club will be operating on or near 14.264 and 7.264 in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor from the amateur radio station aboard the museum ship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) in Virginia Beach, VA. QSL for certificate via USS Wisconsin Radio Club, PO Box 6682, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Website: www.n4wis.org/n4wis/index.php (Sunday hours start at 1700 UTC)
- 8 Dec, 1700Z-2359Z, NI6IW – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: The amateur radio station aboard the museum ship USS Midway (CV-41) in San Diego, CA will be operating on or near 14.320, 7.250, and 14.070 in remembrance of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. They’ll also be on D-STAR reflector 012C. QSL via USS Midway Museum Radio Room, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101.
- 7 Dec, NB6GC – Pearl Harbor Day Event: The USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club will be operating on or near 7.212, 14.312, 21.312, and 28.312 from the amateur radio station aboard the museum ship USS Hornet (CVS-12) in Alameda, CA. NB6GC operates from a compartment just below the flight deck of CVS-12 and uses several of the ship’s original transmitting antennas. QSL via USS Hornet ARC, 66925 Rock Island Lane, Bend, OR 97701. Website: http://www.qsl.net/nb6gc/
There are also a couple of special event stations on the air this weekend remembering the 150th Anniversary of battles from the Civil War. The Battle of Prairie Grove was fought in Arkansas during this week of 1862 and the Battle of Fredericksburg was fought in Virginia during the coming week of 1862.
- 7-9 Dec, 0000Z-2300Z, K5A – 150th Anniversary – Battle of Prairie Grove, AR: The Amateur Radio Klub of the Arkansas Northwest will be operating on or near 14.280, 14.040, 7.180, 7.040, 14.080, and 7.080 in remembrance of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. Tactically a stalemate, the Battle of Prairie Grove was a turning point in favor of the Union in Arkansas as it demoralized the Confederate forces in the state giving the Union a hold on northwest Arkansas. QSL for certificate via Don Banta, 3407 Diana St, Springdale, AR 72764. Website: arkanhams.org
- 8 Dec, 1500Z-2200Z, W4F – Fire on the Rappahannock – 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg: The Stafford Area Radio Association will be operating on or near 21.380, 14.280, and 7.280 in remembrance of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg. The Battle of Fredericksburg, fought when the Army of the Potomac attempted to cross the Rappahannock River was a lopsided defeat for the Union. Repeated frontal assaults by the Union against the Army of Northern Virginia in strong defensive postions resulted in a casualty rate of over 2-1 for the Union, hence the chants of “Fredricksburg” when the Army of Northern Virginia was defeated at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. QSL for certificate from Jay Chamberlain, NS4J, 27 Fox Run Ln, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Website: www.ws4va.org
Christmas is also right around the corner, so this weekend sees a couple of Christmas themed special event stations from cities with Christmas related names in Georgia and Pennsylvania. The towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth are important in the biblical story of Christmas as the birthplace and hometown of Jesus; the two following special event stations recognize that significance.
- 8-9 Dec, 1700Z-2000Z, WR4BC – Bethlehem Christmas Special Event Station: The Barrow Amateur Radio Club will be operating on 21.300, 14.250, 7.200, and 3.850 from Bethlehem, GA. QSL via Barrow Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 951, Auburn, GA 30011; it will be a unique QSL card with a Bethlehem Christmas postmark. The club asks that you QSL via instructions on their website: www.barrowhamradio.org
- 8-9 Dec, 1300-2300Z, WX3MAS – Christmas City Special Event: The Delaware/Lehigh and Christmas City Amateur Radio Clubs will be celebrating Christmas from the twin Christmas cities of Nazareth and Bethlehem, PA operating on or near 28.465, 21.365, 14.265, 7.270, and 3.850 as well as CW and PSK-31 on 20, 40, 10, and 15 Meters. QSL for certificate via Christmas City ARC, 14 Gracedale Ave.-Greystone Bldg, Nazareth, PA 18064. Website: www.dlarc.org
8-9 Dec, 1500Z-1500Z, K5K – Texarkana USA 139th Birthday: The Four State Amateur Radio Club will be operating on or near 21.290, 14.265, 7.265, and 3.930 to celebrate the 139th birthday of Texarkana. QSL for certificate via Four States Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 7810, Texarkana, TX 75505; include SASE and $1.00 for return for certificate. Website: 4sarc.org
8 Dec, 0100Z-0400Z, W9BSP – 1938 W9BSP Ensor Transmitter Returns to Air: The Marshall Ensor Memorial Organization will be on the air using a transmitter hand built by Marshall Ensor, W9BSP. Rebuilt to operating condition, it was last operated as W9BSP in 1941 (and as W0UA in 1971), it will be operating on AM mode on 3.885 primary or 3.863 secondary. Join them as they commemorate a unique piece of Amateur Radio history which has been featured in QST (See “Eight Years Before the Mike” in the February 1939 edition). QSL via Joe Krout, Trustee W9BSP, Marshal Ensor Memorial Organization, 514 N 83rd Pl, Kansas City, KS 66112. Website: www.ensorparkandmuseum.org and http://www.ensorparkandmuseum.org/events/12dec-transmitter_returns.html
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!