Special Event Stations to Look For; 23-25 November 2012

The weekend after Thanksgiving may not be jam packed with special event stations but there are plenty of opportunities to have fun on the air this weekend.  There are several holiday themed special events and a memorial special event station planned.  The Ten-Ten organization has a large event planned which will be quite useful for those looking to collect 10-10 numbers for membership purposes.  Last but not least is what is becoming the annual Thanksgiving #WATwitter event.  Happy Thanksgiving and have fun on the radio this weekend!

23 November, 1300Z-2100Z, W1P – Steamship Portland Commemorative Special Event Station:  The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association is honoring the memory of those who perished aboard the Steamship Portland by operating on or near 14.260, 7.260, and 3.997.  QSL via Henry Brown, 19 Sao Paulo Dr, East Falmouth, MA 02536.  On November 26, 1898, the SS Portland departed Boston, MA for Portland, ME; en route she encountered a massive storm that came to be known as the “Portland Gale” and sank off of Gloucester, MA with the loss of all 192 passengers and crew aboard.  Additionally, the storm sank at least 150 ships and resulted in more than 400 deaths.

24-25 November, 1300Z-1900Z, K4VRC – 17th Annual Radio on the Square:  The Villages Amateur Radio Club of The Villages, FL will be holding their annual “Radio on the Square” event from the bandstand on the square in The Villages, FL.  Radio on the Square is a public event promoting amateur radio; the club sends radiograms around the world and signs up students for amateur radio classes.  They’ll be operating on or near 14.266, 7.255, 14.066, and 7.033 as well as operating PSK 31 on 21.070 and 14.070. QSL for certificate via K4VRC, 1796 Delwood Way, Lady Lake, FL 32162.  Website:  k4vrc.org

24-25 November, 2000Z-2000Z, KB9WQF – Boorman House Christmas Program:  Juneau County Amateur Radio Club will be operating on 14.250, 14.054, and 7.240 in conjunction with the Boorman House historic site in Mauston, WI’s Christmas Open House.  QSL via Howard Fischer, N2450 Scoville Rd, Mauston, WI 53948.

24-25 November, 1300Z-1900Z, WA1NPO – The First Pilgrim Landing at Plymouth:  The Whitman Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the Plimouth Plantation living history museum.  They’ll be operating on or near 18.160, 14.260, 7.240, and 3.860.  They’ll also be in IRLP on WA1NPO-R IRLP:8691.  QSL for QSL and certificate to Whitman ARC, PO Box 48, Whitman, MA 02382.  Their newsletter says the club has been operating on the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving for the last 30 years; what a terrific tradition!  Website:  www.wa1npo.org

24-25 November, 0001Z-2359Z, W6OI – Ten-Ten International Club Station Special Event:  W6OI, the 10-10 International Club Station will be operated by members in all US call areas for a 48 hour period.  All bands and all mode in the 10 Meter band may be used.  QSL for certificate and QSL via Jack Moore, 371 Ridge Creek Ln, Bulverde, TX 78163.  Website:  www.ten-ten.org

22-25 November, 0001Z-2359Z – Worked All Twitter:  Throughout the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend afterward, amateur radio operators who also use Twitter will be on the air looking to make contact with each other and all other amateur radio operators.  All modes on all amateur radio bands may be used.  Begun by Connie – NR4CB, Worked All Twitter isn’t a contest but simply an excuse to get on the air and have fun.  The easiest way to find out what frequencies modes participants are on is to watch the hashtag #WATwitter on Twitter.  QSL through the individual operators.  Thanksgiving morning was a blast; I had a great time yesterday talking to NT1K in MA, KD2BGM (IZ3NVR) in NY (station remoted from Italy!), KD4EBL in VA, WB0LCW in MO, VA3QV in Ontario, KK4CIS in FL, AB4UG and NR4CB in TN, and K5PO in AR before spending time with the family and watching football.  This is becoming a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition!

I normally check the QRZ Forums for listed special event stations as well, but for some reason I haven’t been able to access them as I’ve been writing this post.  It may be worth checking the QRZ Forums later to see if there are other special events scheduled.

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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