Special Event Stations to Look For; 18-19 August 2012

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.

9-19 August, 0800Z-1000Z, W0ISF – Iowa State Fair:  The Madison County DX  Club will be operating from the Iowa State Fair on or near 7.225 and 14.225. QSL via Mark Mease, 2989 Truro Rd, Truro, IA 50257.

10-18 August, R100WWS – 100 Years of the Russian Air Force:  Members of the Armed Forces Amateur Radio Union will be on the air from various locations in Russia on all bands/modes celebrating 100 years of the Russian Air Force (founded on 12 August 1912).  QSL via RV3YR.

13-19 August, 0001Z-2359Z, N8C – Corvette Reunion and Back to the Bricks:  The Noobz Contest Club will help celebrate the 3rd Annual Corvette Reunion and 8th Annual Back to the Bricks event in Flint, MI by operating on or near 14.240,  14.070,  7.240, and 7.035.  QSL via Noobz Contest Club, 4318 Greenbrook Ln, Flint, MI 48507.  Website:  www.noobzcontestclub.org

13-19 August, 2200z-2000Z, W9IMS – Indianapolis MotoGP:  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club will be operating in conjunction with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix MotoGP race. They’ll be operating on or near 21.350, 14.240, 7.240, and 3.840. Certificate & QSL via Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 30954, Indianapolis, IN 46230

17-19 August, 1400Z-2000Z, W3GV – Bayfront Marine Center Small Boat Festival: The Radio Association of Erie will be operating on or near 28.410, 21.280, 14.280, and 7.280. QSL for certificate via Rich Eisenberg , 40 Holland St, East Canal Basin, Erie, PA 16501. Website: w3gv.org

17-19 August, W4T – Southeastern US Special Event Station W4T NVIS Test: The 2nd Brigade of the Tennessee State Guard will be operating Special Event Station W4T under emergency field conditions from 17-19 August 2012 from their training area just outside of Tullahoma TN.  This operating time will be an addition to their operations on Military/MARS frequencies, and they are looking for signal reports from all Tennessee Counties as well as from hams in the Southeast US Region. They’ll be QRV on 80 and 40 meters SSB/CW/PSK31 along with some 2 meter FM Simplex work.  After 19 August the test will continue from Dickson TN EM66 until 29 August 2012.  All hams are invited to contact us and exchange signal reports during this time.  QSL via W4ETT.

18 August, 1600Z-2200Z, W0A – ABC Reunion, Fox Lake Lake, MN, Portable Operation:  The Aldrich Bryant Colfax Avenue (ABC) Group will be operating on or near 14.280.  QSL via John Popple, 1 Spyglass Ct, Park City, UT 84060.

18 August, 1400Z-2000Z, W4K – Anniversary of the “Kelly Little Green Men” Kelly Kentucky:  Christian County ARES will be operating on or near 21.300, 14.260, and 7.250.  QSL for certificate via Jerry Holt, 7585 Hopkinsville-Mt Zoar Rd, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.

18 August, 1400Z-2100Z, W8LKY – Ohio Carnation Days Festival and Alliance Amateur Radio Club 25th Anniversary:  The Alliance Amateur Radio Club will be operating on or near 14.045, 14.240, 7.045, and 7.240 from the Ohio Carnation Days Festival and in honor of their club’s 25th Anniversary.  Certificate & QSL via Alliance Amateur Radio Club, W8LKY, PO Box 3344, Alliance, OH

18-19 August, 1300Z-0100Z, N7UW – Centennial Ridge, Queen Mine:  The University Amateur Radio Club in Laramie, WY will be operating on or near 28.450, 21.350, and 14.250. QSL for certificate via William Wright, 1856 N 13th, Laramie, WY 82072.

In addition to the special event stations above, there will be plenty of lighthouses and lightships on the air this weekend; it’s the  International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend.  Over 450 lighthouses and lightships from 50 countries participate in the event, the purpose of which is to “promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time to promote amateur radio  and to foster International goodwill.”  For more information, including a full list of entrants, see the ILLW website.

18-19 August, 1300Z-2100Z, W8WML – Big Sable Point Lighthouse Activation-ILLW:  The West Michigan Lights Amateur Radio Club will be operating SSB and CW on 80 through 6. QSL via WMLARC – W8WML, 15437 Wisteria Ln, Spring Lake, MI 49456.

18-19 August, 0001Z-2359Z, W6A – Pt. Fermin Lighthouse:  TheUS Coast Guard Auxiliary will be operating from Pt Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro, CA for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.  They’ll be on or near 14.265 and 7.250. Certificate & QSL via Roy Lay, 219 Beal Ave, Placentia, CA 92870.

18-19 August, 1200z-1900Z, KC2YYL – Fort Niagara Lighthouse:  The Niagara County Amateur Radio Events Services Station will be operating from the Fort Niagara Lighthouse for ILLW on 40 Meters. QSL via John Titta, 1460 Staley Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072.  Website:  kc2yyl.net

18-19 August, 0000-2359Z, W1S – Seguin Island Light:  The Friends of Seguin Island will be operating from the Seguin Island Light in in Georgetown, ME for ILLW.  They’ll be on  SSB and CW on 40 through 10 meters. QSL via John Brewster, 8 Shenecossett Ln, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

18-19 August, 1500-1600Z, W2GSB/LH – Fire Island Lighthouse:  The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the Fire Island Lighthouse in West Babylon, NY for ILLW on or near 14.255, 14.070, 7.175, and 3.850. QSL via W2GSB/LH, PO Box 1356, West Babylon, NY 11704. Website:  www.gsbarc.org

18-19 August, 1600Z-2359Z, N6P – Point Reyes Lighthouse Activation:  The Valley of the Moon Radio Club will be operating from the Point Reyes Lighthouse in Pt Reyes, CA on or near 14.270, 14.070, 7.270, and 7.035.  QSL via Ken McTaggart, 402 4th St E, Sonoma, CA 95476.  Website:  www.vomarc.org

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!

Categories: Amateur Radio, Special Event Station

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