Special Event Stations to Look For; 28-30 September 2012

First off, apologies for missing the last two weekends with special event posts, this hasn’t been a good month for blogging or radio on my part it seems.  The battleship Wisconsin, BB-64 final decommissioning special event will be a good catch for anyone interested in historic special events or museum ships on the air.  I would also like to thank Kevin, K5KVN for contacting me and asking me to include an event he’ll be participating in – the first ever activation of Horseshoe Island.  If you’ve got a special event station coming up, don’t hesitate to contact me with the details and I’ll include it in my posts.

3-30 September, 0000Z-2359Z, GB39RC – Ryder Cup:  Dick West (G3VSQ) will be operationg from the Verulam Golf Club in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England during the 4 weeks leading up to this years Ryder Cup in Chicago. The callsign GB39RC will be used because this is the 39th Ryder Cup.  He’ll be on 40/20/15 and 10, modes will be mostly CW and RTTY.  QSL via Dick West, 10 Hawkshill Dr, Hemel Hempstead HP3 0BS, ENGLAND.

25-30 September, 0001Z-1159Z, K4D – Dauphin Island, AL – IOTA / Lighthouse Expedition: The Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club from Marietta, GA.  This is their third annual activation of the Dauphin Island Lighthouse, ARLHS USA-723 and  Dauphin Island, IOTA NA-213.  They’ll be operating on or near 14.285 . QSL via Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 1245, Marietta, GA 30060.  Website:  www.w4bti.org

28 September, 1500Z-2300Z, N9R – Rockford College Celebrates 165 Years Reunion/Homecoming: A special event station will be on the air for the 165th Reunion/Homecoming of Rockford College in Rockford, IL.  It will be on or near 28.500, 21.280, 14.280, and 7.225.  QSL for Certificate via Glen Moss, NC9N, 1265 Deer Trail Ln, Libertyville, IL 60048.

28 September, 1500-1700Z, WE1SPN – ESPN’s “Safety & Awareness” Day:  The Worldwide Amateur Radio Club will be on the air from ESPN’s Safety and Awareness Day, demonstrating their ability to operate in an emergency communications mode by making as many contacts as possible in a two hour window.  They’ll be on or near 7.195 and 14.305.  QSL via LoTW or WE1SPN.  Website:  http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?362829-ESPN-SPECIAL-EVENT-THIS-FRIDAY-September-28-2012

29-30 September, 0000z-0000z, KI6FHV – 3rd Annual Hot Diggity Dog Day:  The Grubb Grabbers Net/Wrightwood Communications Group will be on the 10, 40, 80, and 2 Meter bands.  QSL via Alex Garibay, PO Box 168, Wrightwood, CA 92397.

29 September – 28 October, 0000Z-2359Z, CG3X – 50th Anniversary Alouette: Canada’s First Satellite:  CG3X will be on or near 14.070 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the launching of Canada’s first satellite Alouette.  QSL via Richard Goetze, 105 Fairfield Ave, Kitchener, ON N2H 6C2, CANADA.

29-30 September, 2000Z-0400Z, WE7GV – Fiesta Sahuarita:  The Green Valley Amateur Radio Club will be on the air for Sahuarita, AZ’s Fiesta Sahuarita on or near 14.248, 14.246, 14.244, and 14.242. Certificate & QSL via Green Valley Amateur Radio Club, 601 N La Canada Dr (SAV), Green Valley, AZ 85614.

29 September, 1500Z-2100Z, K9HAM – St. Louis Regional Fly-In:  The Lewis and Clark Radio Club will be on the air for the St. Louis Regional Fly-In on or near 28.240, 14.255, 7.240, and 3.925. Certificate via Lewis & Clark Radio Club, PO Box 553, Godfrey, IL 62035.

29-30 September, 1500Z-2130Z, N4WIS – USS Wisconsin Final De-Commissioning:  The USS Wisconsin Radio Club be on or near 14.264 7.264 for the final decommissioning of the battleship USS Wisconsin, BB-64.  QSL via USS Wisconsin Radio Club, PO Box 6682, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.  Website:  www.n4wis.org/n4wis/index.php

30 September, 1400Z-2200Z, K5H – 1st Activation of Horseshoe Island: A group of northwest Arkansas hams will activate Horseshoe Island on Beaver Lake near Rogers, Arkansas, for the first time as part of the U.S. Islands Awards Program. (Map here: http://goo.gl/maps/4mqGj)   The group will operate Phone and CW on 40m, 20m and 15m. (Suggested frequencies 7.245, 14.245, 21.310, and 28.410)  Operators will be: K5KVN, WB0RUR, K5PO; Follow @K5KVN, @WB0RUR and @K5PO on Twitter for real-time frequencies and info. QSL via K5KVN, SASE appreciated.  More details at http://www.qrz.com/db/k5h and www.wb0rur.com.

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!

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