Amateur Radio: Special Events to Look For; 16-18 February 2013

This weekend appears to be a good one for hunting special event stations. This weekend’s special event post includes Monday due to Presidents Day Federal holiday.  In addition to the month long King Hussein memorial special event station, there are a number of others to hunt for.  Two clubs are operating winter outdoor QRP special event stations.  The Emporia State University Amateur Radio Club will be celebrating Emporia State’s 150th Anniversary.  There are two clubs operating Presidents Day related special event stations.  Waukesha County, WI ARES will be operating from a Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts science and engineering fair.  Finally, the week long Worldwide Antarctic Program special event begins on Monday.

8-28 Feb, 0000Z-0000Z, KB9GSY – In Memory of JY1 The Late King Hussein of Jordan:  Ayman J. Azar – KB9GSY will be operating a special event station throughout the month of February in honor of King Hussein of Jordan.  King Hussein, an avid amateur radio operator, passed away on 7 February 1999. (Note:  As a student of history, I find King Hussein to have been one of the most interesting personalities in the Middle East, frequently finding himself between a rock and a hard place in the Arab-Isreali wars.)  KB9GSY will be operating on the 80-10 Meter amateur bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, and other digital modes.  QSL via Ayman J. Azar, 4421 Clark Ave, Hammond, IN 46327.  Website:

14-17 Feb, 1800Z-0300Z, K0ESU – 150th Anniversary of Emporia State University:  The Emporia State University Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event station on or near 14.270 and 7.250 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Emporia State University in Emporia, KS.   Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni of Emporia State will be operating from the University’s Memorial Union.  QSL via Max McCoy, Campus Box 4019, 1200 Commercial St, Emporia, KS 66801.  Website:

These next two events sound like a whole lot of fun!

16 Feb, 1400Z-2200Z, W0EBB – 9th Annual “Freeze Your Keys” Winter Operating Event:  The Kickapoo QRP Amateur Radio Club of Leavenworth, KS will be operating QRP from a shelter house in Weston Bend State Park on or near 14.320, 14.060, 7.285, and 7.035 (if other bands are open, also check 15, 17, and 30 Meters). QSL via Gary Auchard, W0MNA, 34058 167th St, Leavenworth, KS 66048.  Website:

16 Feb, 1500Z-2100Z, K8BF/Various – 8th Annual Freeze Your Acorns Off (FYAO):  The Portage County Amateur Radio Service of Kent, OH is going to “brave the cold, snowy weather of NE Ohio to set up, and operate QRP stations under Field Day Conditions.”  They’ll be operating QRP from the Roy Smith Shelter House, at Fred Fuller Park,in Kent OH in the General Class portions of the 10-80 Meter bands. QSL for certificate with a large SASE to our club callsign trustee: Al Atkins, KB8VJL – 12433 Chamberlain Rd. – Aurora, OH 44202. Website:

16 Feb, 1300Z-2100Z, W8VP – Astronaut and former Senator John H. Glenn, Jr, Local Hero:  The Cambridge Amateur Radio Association of Cambridge, OH will be operating on or near 14.260 and 7.235 to recognize Astronaut and former Senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit earth.  QSL for certificate & QSL via Cambridge Amateur Radio Association, PO Box 1804, Cambridge, OH 43725.  Website:

16 Feb, 1500Z-2100Z, W9AUX – Boy Scout/Girl Scout Nova Con 2013:  Waukesha County, WI ARES will  be operating a special event station from the NOVACon science and engineering fair on or near 14.247, 14.245, 14.243,and 14.240.  In addition to operating an HF station, they also plan to demonstrate other amateur radio technology.  QSL via Richard Okonek, 1823 Springhouse Ct, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.  Website:

16-17 Feb, 1600Z-2100Z, K4US – George Washington Special Event:  The Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event station on or near 14.240, 7.240, and 7.036 from the Mount Vernon estate to honor George Washington, the first President of the United States. QSL for certificate via Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club, Box 7234, Alexandria, VA 22307. Website:

18 Feb, 1500Z-0000Z, N0HV – Harry S. Truman:  The South Side Amateur Radio Club of Belton, MO will be operating a special event station on or near 28.460, 21.360, 14.260,  and 7.260 to honor President Harry S. Truman.  QSL via Robert Beard, PO Box 1514, Belton, MO 64012.  Website:

18-24 Feb, 0000z-2359Z, Various – Antarctic Activity Week – 10th Edition:  The World Wide Antarctic Program will be operating on all bands and all modes to celebrate international scientific research in Antarctica.  Certificates may be obtained from the WAP, and QSLs from the WAP-Referenced Numbered stations worked.  For a list of participating stations, see  US stations may also e-mail questions to

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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