Here are some of the special event stations I’ll be looking for during the weekend of 19-20 May 2012. This Saturday is Armed Forces Day, so there should a be a good number of Armed Forces related special event stations to be found. This weekend is also qualifying weekend for the 2012 Indianapolis 500, so even though they aren’t scheduled to begin operating until Monday, they could be found on the air this weekend. For those interested in amateur radio satellite operations, the W2GSB/APM special event will be operating on AO-27 and SO-50.
10 May-9 June 2012, 0700-1900Z – VE3A – Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen of Canada: Special Event Station VE3A is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen of Canada. They’ll be operating around 28.490, 21.290, 14.290, and 7.143. See VE3A on QRZ.com for updates. Website: http://www.ve3a.tk/ (includes on air/frequency information)
18 May 2012, 1500-2300Z – W7O – Mt. St. Helens Eruption Anniversary: Students from Oakview Elementary School in Centralia, WA will be operating a special event station remembering the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. It will also serve toward helping the students gain their amateur radio licenses. They plan on working around 28.415, 21.300, and 14.270. QSL to Donn Gallon (W7O), 20833 Grade St SE, Centralia, WA 98531. Website: http://www.qrz.com/db/W7O
19-20 May 2012, 1200-2100Z – W2GSB/APM – American Air Power Museum: The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club will be operating for Armed Forces Day from the Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY. They plan on operating around 14.225, 7.175, and 3.850 along with PSK on 14.070 as well as satellites AO-27 and SO-50. QSL to Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club/APM, PO Box 1356, West Babylon, NY 11704. Website: http://www.gsbarc.org/
19 May 2012, 1400-2000Z, W9DUP – Armed Forces Day: W9DUP will be operating for Armed Forces Day around 28.400, 14.290, and 7.250. QSL for Certificate to Brian Eder, WB9UGX, 206 N Wilmette St, Westmont, IL 60559. Website: http://www.w9dup.org/
19 May 2012, 1400-2100Z, WW2COS – Armed Forces Day: The Coastal Amateur Radio Society in Savannah, GA will be operating special event station WW2COS from the radio compartment of the B-17 bomber “City of Savannah” at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. There will be streaming live video from the compartment; the operating frequency will be on the video feed. QSL information and link for video stream can be found at the QRZ.com entry for WW2COS.
19 May 2012, 1500-2200Z, NA5DV – Centennial of the Launch of Battleship Texas: The Battleship Texas Amateur Radio Society will be celebrating the Centennial of the launch of the USS Texas from the battleship’s radio room using 1 or more of the ship’s original antennas. They’ll be operating around 14.250, 21.360, 7.260, and 3.860. QSL to Sachiko Peet, QSL@NA5DV, 23635 River Place Dr., Katy, TX 77494. Website: http://www.na5dv.org/?p=250
19 May 2012, 1400-2300Z, W5C – Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Camp Hearne: The Bryan Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the former World War II POW camp Camp Hearne in Hearne, TX. They’ll be around 28.400, 14.250, and 7.200. Certificate & QSL to Bryan Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 4442, Bryan, TX 77805. Website: http://www.bryanarc.org/camphearne/
19 May 2012, 1500-2300Z, W5I – Perrin Air Force Base Museum Special Event Station: The Grayson County Amateur Radio Club will be celebrating Armed Forces Day from the Perrin Air Force Base Museum in Denison, TX. They’ll be operating around 14.250 and 7.250. QSL to Grayson County Amateur Radio Club, 1026 Valentine Dr, Sherman, TX 75090.
20 May 2012, 1600-2000Z, K2A – Coastal Defense Forces Day: The Roseland Amateur Radio Club will be celebrating Coastal Forces Day at the Sandy Hook, NJ, Lighthouse. They’ll be operating around 14.275 and 7.275. QSL to Roseland Amateur Radio Club, 300 Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068.
21-27 May 2012, 2200-2000Z, W9IMS – Indianapolis 500: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club will be on the air celebrating the 2012 Indianapolis 500. They’ll be operating around 21.350, 14.240, 7.240, and 3.840. Certificate & QSL to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 30954, Indianapolis, IN 46230. It isn’t unusual for W9IMS to be operated outside of the scheduled hours, it probably wouldn’t hurt to start looking for them this weekend during qualifying. Website: http://w9ims.org/