This weekend sees some interesting special events on the calendar. There are two related to birthdays of US Presidents: Dwight D. Eisenhower and Warren G. Harding. Another honors the Birthday of the United States Navy. There is an event to support raising money in the fight against cancer. One event takes place from a stop on an historic railroad and another occurs at a lighthouse. Sunday also sees the beginning of National Wildlife Refuge week. It sounds like there might be something for everyone in this weekend’s collection of special event stations.
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.
6-14 October, 1200Z-0600Z, W5B – Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: The New Mexico High Dessert Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival from 0800 MST to 1200 and evenings 1700 to 2100 due to weather and Fiesta schedule. They’ll be on or near 21.300, 14.260, and 7.225. QSL via Theodore Zipes, 6833 Augusta Hills Dr NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144. Website: nm5hd.com
12-14 October, 2100Z-2200Z, W1AW/6 – Special Event Station at the 2012 ARRL National Convention/Pacificon: Pacificon and the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club will be on or near 3.870/3.550, 7.270/7.050, 10.110, 14.270/14.050, 21.370/21.050 and 28.670/28.050 from the 2012 ARRL National Convention in Santa Clara, CA. QSL via ARRL W1AW/6, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111. Website: www.arrl.org/2012-arrl-national-convention
13-14 October, 1500Z-1900Z, W0W – Birthplace of America–Kensington Runestone: The Runestone Amateur Radio Club will be operating on or near 14.242, 21.300, 7.256, and 3.930 celebrating the Kensington Runestone, which claims that Scandinavian explorers discovered North America in the 14th Century. (Editor’s Note: The Kensington Runestone has widely between dismissed by historians and archaeologists but that doesn’t take away from the interest of this special event) QSL for certificate via Bill Klundt, 509 Pine St S, Sauk Centre, MN 56378. Website: w0alx.org
13-14 October, 0000z-0400Z, N1C – BSA Mt. Monadnock District Camporee: The Wapack Trail Amateur Radio Association will be on the air from the Monadnock District Boy Scouts Camporee in Walpole, NH to introduce scouts to amateur radio; they’ll be operating on or near 14.250. QSL for certificate via, Derek L. Rust, 116 Mountain View Dr, New Ipswich, NH 03071. Website: november1charlie.webs.com
13-14 October, 1200Z-2200Z, N1D – Dempsey Challenge Bicycle Race: The Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the Dempsey Challenge Bicycle Race on or near 28.400, 14.260, 14.100, and 7.195. In addition, they’ll also be doing communications support for the event. The Dempsey Challenge Bicycle Race raises funds for actor and racer Patrick Dempsey’s Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. QSL for certificate via Androscoggin ARC, W1NPP, PO Box 1, Auburn, ME 04210. Website: www.w1npp.org
13-14 October, 1200Z-2100Z, W4UAL – University of Alabama Radio Club 50th Anniversary Ham Homecoming: The University of Alabama Radio Club will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary by operating on or near 28.400, 21.300, 3.885, and 7.205. Look for them on 3.885 AM during the morning and later afternoon on Saturday, 40 Meters mid day and 15/10 Meters on Sunday. QSL via Perry Wheless, W4UAL Trustee, PO Box 11134, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486. (I think I know some folks who will be interested in their AM operations…)
13 October, 0900Z-1500Z, W4BUG – Hillsboro Lighthouse Special Event: The Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association will be operating from the Hillsboro Lighthouse (USA-372) in Pompano Beach, FL. They’ll be on or near 14.220 (Hopefully they move up to accommodate General Class licensees). QSL via GCARA, POB 773, Pompano Beach, FL 33061. Website: www.W4BUG.org
13 October 1400Z-1800Z, W0UK – Transmitting from Nowhere, KS: Douglas County Amateur Radio Club will be operating from Nowhere, KS on the 20 Meter band. Nowhere, KS is a stop along the Midland Historic Railway. QSL for certificate via Ken Blair, 1329 Kasold Dr D2, Lawrence, KS 66049. Website: www.w0uk.net
13 October 1600Z-2359Z, NI6IW – US Navy Birthday: USS Midway(CV-41) Museum will be on the air to celebrate the Birthday of the United States Navy on 13 October 1775. They’ll be on or near 14.320 and 7.250 as well as operating PSK-31 on 14.070 and D-STAR on the 012C reflector. QSL via USS MidwayMuseum Radio Room, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101.
13 October, 1500Z-2300Z, W5I – Eisenhower Special Event: The Grayson County Amateur Radio Club will be celebrating the President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birthday. “Ike” was born on 14 October 1890 in Denison, TX (Grayson County). They’ll be on or near 14.250 and 7.250. QSL via Grayson county Amateur Radio Club, 1026 Valentine Dr, Sherman, TX 75090. Website: www.k5gcc.us
14 October, 1500Z-2059Z, W8H – Wreath Laying and Scout Pilgrimage for Warren G. Harding: Marion County ARES will be operating in honor of the Presidential Wreath-Laying and Scout Pilgrimage for President Warren G. Harding where a wreath will be laid at the gravesite of President Warren Harding to honor the former president’s birthday. They’ll be operating PSK-31 and Phone, alternating on the half-hour, on 14.070/14.285 and 21.070/21.285. QSL via Warren G. Harding Special Event Station, W8H/KD8LAV, 4945 St James Rd, Waldo, OH 43356.
14-20 October, 0000Z-2359Z, N8W – National Wildlife Refuge Week 2012: The Lake Effect Amateur Radio Club and Luce Amateur Radio Society will be operating on 14.240, 14.070, and 7.240 from the Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Seney, MI. QSL via Lake Effect ARC / N8W, 36 Southfork St, Marquette, MI 49855. Website: www.lakeeffectarc.info/Event-NWRWeek/index.htm The 2012 National Wildlife Refuge Week is 14-20 October, in addition to N8W, other amateur radio groups will be on the air; for more information see the National Wildlife Refuge Week website at http://www.nwrweek-radio.info/