Like last weekend, this weekend looks to be a good one for special event stations. The King Hussein Memorial special event station continues as does Antarctic Activity Week. There are historic special event stations honoring George Washington and World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima. There are also special event stations from a ham fest and a QSO Party plus the activation of a rare grid square on 6 Meters. A special event station will also recognize the Rotary Club and their activities in the End Polio Now campaign.
8-28 Feb, 0000Z-0000Z, KB9GSY – In Memory of JY1 The Late King Hussein of Jordan: Ayman J. Azar – KB9GSY will be operating a special event station throughout the month of February in honor of King Hussein of Jordan. King Hussein, an avid amateur radio operator, passed away on 7 February 1999. (Note: As a student of history, I find King Hussein to have been one of the most interesting personalities in the Middle East, frequently finding himself between a rock and a hard place in the Arab-Isreali wars.) KB9GSY will be operating on the 80-10 Meter amateur bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, and other digital modes. QSL via Ayman J. Azar, 4421 Clark Ave, Hammond, IN 46327. Website: kb9gsy.weebly.com/jy1.html
18-24 Feb, 0000z-2359Z, Various – Antarctic Activity Week – 10th Edition: The World Wide Antarctic Program will be operating on all bands and all modes to celebrate international scientific research in Antarctica. Certificates may be obtained from the WAP, and QSLs from the WAP-Referenced Numbered stations worked. For a list of participating stations, see http://www.waponline.it/Default.aspx?tabid=113 US stations may also e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
22-26 Feb, 1800Z-1800Z, W5D – DL89 Activation, Big Bend National Park: Jason Merry, W5IPA will be activating rare grid square DL89 on the 6 Meter band by operating on or near 50.290 and 50.170 from the Big Bend National Park in Texas. If 6 Meters cooperates and the band opens up, this should be a good opportunity to log a rare grid square. QSL via Jason Merry, W5IPA, 6341 Megan Cir, Corpus Christi, TX 78414.
22-23 Feb, 0001Z-0200Z, WS7G – George Washington’s Birthday: The Columbia Basin DX Club of Moses Lake, WA will celebrate the birthday of our nation’s first President, George Washington by operating a special event station on or near 18.135, 14.250, and 3.880. QSL via Brian J. Nielson, 11650 Road 1 SE, Moses Lake, WA 98837. Website: cbn.homestead.com/WS7G.html
23-24 Feb, 1430-0500Z, K7D – Lost Dutchman Legend Celebration: The Superstition Amateur Radio Club will be celebrating the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine by operating a special event station on or near 28.470, 21.425, 18.135, and 14.325. On 23 February, they will be operating from the Lost Dutchman State Park. QSL for certificate and QSL vua K7D – 2013, Superstition ARC, PO Box 21522, Mesa, AZ 85277. Website: wb7tjd.org/wiki/K7D
23 Feb, 1500Z-2200Z, W0FSB – 68th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima: The Five Sullivan Brothers Amateur Radio Club of Waterloo, IA will be remembering the Battle of Iwo Jim by operating a special event station on or near 21.240, 14.240, and 7.240. The Battle of Iwo Jima, lasting from 19 February to 26 March 1945 was one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. 6,821 American servicemen were killed and 19.217 were wounded while 21,844 out of 22,060 Japanese servicemen were killed. Iwo Jima was strategically important because it provided the US B-29 bomber force with an emergency landing location along the long flight from their Marianas Island bases. QSL for Certificate and QSL via Five Sullivan Brothers ARC, 3186 Brandon Diagonal Blvd, Brandon, IA 52210.
23 Feb, 1400Z-2300Z, W7ZA – HAM Days 2013 (Hamfest and Emergency Services Fair): The Grays Harbor Amateur Radio Club of Grays Harbor, WA will be operating a special event station from their Ham Days 2013 Hamfest and Emergency Services Fair on or near 14.260. QSL via Les Morgan, N7GH, 109 N Newell St, Aberdeen, WA 98520. Website: www.gharc.org
23-24 Feb, 0000Z-2359Z, KB6NU – Rotarians on Amateur Radio End Polio Now: Members of the international organization Rotarians on Amateur Radio will be calling “CQ Polio” all weekend to commemorate the founding of Rotary International in 1905 and to educate the public about Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign, which is getting very close to eradicating polio throughout the world. Look for activity on or near 28.390, 21.290, 14.290, and 7.190. QSL for certificate and QSL via Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, 1325 Orkney Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Website: www.ifroar.org Also look for Dan on Twitter: @kb6nu
24-25 Feb, 1500Z-0059Z, W4C – North Carolina QSO Party: The Raleigh Amateur Radio Society will be operating as an Expedition Station from Dare County, NC (a bonus QTH, during the NC QSO Party) on or near 146.580, 14.260, 7.260, and 3.860. QSL for certificate via Marc Sullivan, 322 Windham Way, Clayton, NC 27527. Website: www.ncqsoparty.org
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!