Unlike last weekend, this will not be a good weekend for hunting special event stations. This CQ Worldwide DX contest is this weekend and the phone portions of the bands will be jam packed with contest activity. With Hurricane Sandy active, special event station hunters and contest participants will both need to be cognizant that there might be emergency nets established on HF and give these nets space to operate. I’ll be operating from the mobile station this weekend if I’m able to get on the air. If I do, I’ll probably see if I can find any new DX on Sunday because the first day of the contests is generally to busy for the mobile station to bust through.
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.
26-28 October, 1800Z-2300Z, N4Q – 29th Lexington (NC) Barbeque Festival: Amateur Radio Operators will be operating on 14.290, 7.200, and CW in conjunction with the 29th Annual Lexington Barbeque Festival in the Barbeque Capital of the World. QSL via Mark Swing. 14.290 7.200 CW. QSL. Mark Swing, 105 Azalea Ct, Mebane, NC 27302. Website: www.cwfun.org/funspots/lexbbq
28 October, 1600Z-2000Z, K2A – Fort Hancock Establishment Day: The Roseland Amateur Radio Club will be operating with Fort Hancock Establishment Day at the Gateway National Recreation Area in NY and NJ. Fort Hancock was established to protect New York Harbor and New York and operated until 1974. They’ll be operating on or near 14.270 and 7.270. QSL via Roseland ARC, 300 Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068. Website: www.qsl.net/k2gq
29 October – 5 November, 1000Z-2359Z, K7E – Nevada Day: The Las Vegas Repeater Association will be operating for Nevada Day, celebrating the admission of the State of Nevada to the Union on October 31, 1864. They’ll be on or near 14.244 and 21.295. QSL via Elliott Bloch, 4240 W Arby Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89118.
There will not be a Special Event Stations blog post next weekend. I’ll be helping Savannah area amateur radio operators support the 2012 Rock and Roll Marathon. My post will be on Savannah State University near Hill Hall and Peacock Hall. We’ll be using the 147.330+ repeater as primary with the 146.850- repeater as backup. If you’re not a ham but want to keep an ear on what’s going on, plug these in your scanner if you’re nearby.
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!