Due to some of these stations already being on the air and the ongoing ARLHS Spring Lights QSO Party, I’ve decided to go ahead and post this Special Events blog early. I’ll be sure to retweet it and link it on Facebook later in the week as reminders before the weekend!
This weekend and the beginning of next week see a number of interesting special event stations as well as the 2013 Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society Spring Lights QSO Party (23-31 March 2013). In England, there is a special event station honoring a shutter telegraph station that was operational during the Napoleonic Wars. An amateur radio operator from the Netherlands will be operating in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2013). An amateur radio club in Iowa will be celebrating the first race of the season at Boone Speedway. The Four State QRP Group will be kicking off their annual OzarkCon QRP gathering; a special event station is an integral part of it. Although there is just one lighthouse station listed below, there are sure to be many on the air over the weekend and next week.
24-29 March, 0900Z-2000Z, GB5CT – Chalbury Shutter Telegraph Over 200 Years: John Wakefield, M0XIG will be operating a special event station honoring 200 years of the Admiralty Shutter Telegraph at the Chalbury site in Dorset, England. He’ll be active on or near 14.300, 21.300, and 7.190. QSL via the RSGB Buro or direct to John Wakefield, ‘Oakhurst’, Lower Common Rd, West Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6BT, England. The Shutter Telegraph at Chalbury was part of a chain that allowed communication between London and Plymouth during the Napoleonic Wars. The history of these shutter telegraph chains are pretty interesting; for more information see the Wikipedia Semaphore line page and GB5CT’s QRZ page.
30-31 March, 1300Z-2200Z, KC2YYL – Amateur Radio Lighthouse Spring QSO Party: The Niagara County Special Events Radio Club will be operating from the Fort Niagara Light (ARLHS USA-294) for the ARLHS Spring Lights QSO Party. They’ll be operating on 40, 20, 17, 15, and 12 Meters depending upon band conditions. QSL for certificate via John Titta, AC2DD, 1460 Staley Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072. ARLHS # 1804. Website: www.kc2yyl.net
30 March – 6 April, 1200Z-1600Z, PD6WAD – World Autism Day: Mark Voskuilen, PD0MV will be operating special event station PD6WAD in recognition of World Autisim Day. He’ll be operating on or near 28.400, 14.190, and 7.080. QSL via Mark Voskuilen, Rietkraag 10, Boskoop, Zuid Holland 2771 KX, Netherlands. Website: www.qrz.com/db/pd6wad. For more information on the UN’s World Autism Awareness Day, see the UN website or Autism Speaks.
1-6 April, 0000Z-2359Z, K0R – Frost Buster Race: The Tall Corn Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event station on 15, 20, and 40 Meters SSB, CW, and PSK in conjunction with the season opening Frost Buster Race at Boone Speedway in Boone, IA. QSL for Certificate via email: requests should be made to W0BNW@yahoo.com. Please provide your QSO information for verification. The certificate will be sent via return email to your email address. The certificate will be in a pdf format. Website: www.qsl.net/kd0med
1-12 April, 1200Z-1200Z, K0N – OzarkCon: The 4State QRP Group will be operating on or near 14.060, 10.106, 7.040, and 3.560 as part of OzarkCon, one of the top QSL Forums in the US . QSL via Bart Lawson, 711 E 31st St, Pittsburg, KS 66762. Website: 4sqrp.com