12-25 Jan, 0000Z-1800Z, N4D – ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention: The Caribbean Amateur Radio Group will be operating a special event station in conjunction with the ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention. They’ll be operating on or near 28.350, 21.350, and 14.260. QSL for Certificate and QSL via Caribbean Amateur Radio Group, HC4 Box 43014, Hatillo, PR 00659. During the Convention on 26/27 January, they will be operating W1AW/KP4. For more information, see: http://www.arrlpr.org/?page_id=206
12 Jan, 1400Z-2000Z, W4FFC – State of Florida 175th Constitution Convention Commemorative Special Event: The Gulf Amateur Radio Society of Port St. Joe, FL will be operating a special event station to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the Florida Constitution Convention. They’ll be operating on or near 28.375, 21.375, 14.275, and 7.177. QSL via Norm Bixler, 2003 Cypress Ave, Port Saint Joe, FL 32456. The Florida Constitutional Convention was convened on 9 December 1838 and the Constitution of Florida was signed on 11 December 1839. For more information, See: www.gulfars.net
12 Jan, 1700Z-2359Z, NI6IW – USS Nautilus first ship underway on nuclear power 1954; U.S. SEAL Teams established 1962: The USS Midway (CV-41) Museum will be operating a special event station honoring the USS Nautilus as the first ship underway on nuclear power in 1954 and the establishment of the US Navy SEAL Teams in 1962. They’ll be operating on or near 14.320, 7.250, PSK-31 on 14.070, and D-STAR. QSL via USS Midway Museum Radio Room, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101. The USS Nautilus (SSN-571) was launched on 21 January 1954 and put to sea on 17 January 1955 signalling “Underway on nuclear power.” The SEAL Teams, the US Navy’s special operations forces, were established in January 1962; SEAL Team 1 was formed at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego California and SEAL Team 2 was formed at at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Little Creek, VA.
After the weekend is over and the new week begins, there is another Special Event Station to look for. The Inauguration of the President of the United States will take place on 21 January 2013 and there will be at least one Special Event Station taking place in conjunction with it. Regardless of your politics or whether you approve of the President or not, you respect the Office of the President; a contact with an Inauguration Special Event Station and a QSL card from such a station is definitely something to have in your collection (especially if you’re a history buff like me). For more information about the Inauguration and activities surrounding it, see the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website.
14-22 Jan, 0000Z-0000Z, W3A – Inauguration of Barack Obama: The District of Columbia Amateur Radio Society will be operating a special event station on 20 Meters in honor of the Inauguration of the President of the United States on 21 January 2013. QSL via Eric Rosenberg, 3511 Patterson St NW, Washington, DC 20015.
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!