Amateur Radio: Special Event Stations to Look For; 5-6 January 2012

The first weekend of the new year sees a handful of special event stations on the air.  This Sunday is also ARRL Kids Day and there is at least one special event station scheduled around it.

1-6 Jan, 0001Z-2359Z, W2V – Ham Radio University/NLI Section Convention:  A special event station will be operating from the Ham Radio University/ARRL Long Island Section Convention at Briarcliff College in Bethpage, NY.  Look for them on or near 7.260, 14.260, 18.150, and 14.070.  QSL via Phil Lewis, N2MUN, 22 Belle Terre W, Lindenhurst, NY 11757.  Website:

4-5 Jan, 1400Z-2300Z, K5FRC – Sam Rayburn Birthday Memorial:  The Fannin County Amateur Radio Club in Bonham, TX will be operating a special event station in memory of Representative Sam Rayburn.  Rayburn served 17 years as Speaker of the House, the longest serving Speaker of the House in US history.  They’ll be operating on or near 14.280, 7.185, and 3.942. QSL via Danny Loyd, 420 CR 1421, Bonham, TX 75418.  Website:

5 Jan, 1600Z-2000Z, W0CS – Eagle Watch On The Mississippi:  The Clinton Amateur Radio Club of Clinton, IA will be operating a special event station for 29th Annual Bald Eagle Watch, which is hosted by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi River Project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Clinton Community College and the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge.  Look for them on or near 14.250, 14.050, 7.250, and 7.050.  QSL via Clinton Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 1501, Clinton, IA 52733.  Along with the QSL, there will be a pamphlet explaining the Corps of Engineer Eagle Watch Day on the Mississippi River at Lock and Dam #13.

6-7 Jan, 1800Z-2330Z, W4UAL – Pre-BCS Football Title Game Special Event Station:  The University of Alabama Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event station in conjunction with the Alabama v Notre Dame BCS Title Game on Monday, 7 January.  They’ll be operating on or near 28.410, 21.315, 14.245, 7.203, and 3.823.  For QSL and operating schedule information, see W4UAL’s QRZ page:

5 Jan, 0100Z-0400Z, W9BSP – 1938 W9BSP Ensor Transmitter Returns to Air:  The Marshall Ensor Memorial Organization will be on the air using a transmitter hand built by Marshall Ensor, W9BSP.  Rebuilt to operating condition, it was last operated as W9BSP in 1941 (and as W0UA in 1971), it will be operating on AM mode on 3.885 primary or 3.863 secondary.  Join them as they commemorate a unique piece of Amateur Radio history which has been featured in QST (See “Eight Years Before the Mike” in the February 1939 edition).  QSL via Joe Krout, Trustee W9BSP, Marshal Ensor Memorial Organization, 514 N 83rd Pl, Kansas City, KS 66112.  This will be a second attempt after they ran into problems on 8 December, 2012.  For more information, see their post in the QRZ Forums:

The January iteration of the ARRL Kid’s Day event will take place from 1800Z-2359Z on Sunday, 6 January 2013.   The purpose of Kid’s Day is to give young people an opportunity have fun with amateur radio and encourage them to get an amateur radio license.  The suggested exchange is:  name, age, location and favorite color.  Stations calling CQ for Kid’s Day should call “CQ Kid’s Day” to draw attention to their participation in the event.  If you’re on the air on Sunday afternoon, try to work a few of the Kid’s Day stations and help them have fun!  For more information:

6 Jan, 1800Z-2359Z, W9MQB – ARRL Kid’s Day:  The Whitewater, WI, Emergency Management with Tri-County Amateur Radio Club, JefCares and Lakes Area Amateur Radio Club will be operating on or near 14.265, 7.265, 3.965 for Kid’s Day.  QSL for certificate via Kathryn Hinds, N7702 Kettle Moraine Dr, Whitewater, WI 53190.

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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