This weekend’s special event stations include a few extending from last week along with a number of new ones. There is a special event station being held in conjunction with 170 year old Mule Day celebration in Columbia, TN and another honoring a historic locomotive at the Arkansas Railroad Museum. There are also special event stations recognizing National Public Health Week and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. One group of amateur radio operators will be working the Missouri QSO Party from the Mark Twain National Forest. The Cambridge Amateur Radio Association continues their 100th Birthday celebration with a special event station from the Cambridge Glass Museum. This weekend also sees the inaugural Texas State Parks on the Air contest.
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
4-7 April, 1600Z-2359Z, W4GGM – Mule Day: The Maury Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event station on or near 14.260, 14.065, 7.260, and 7.065 in conjunction with Mule Day in Columbia, TN. A 170 year old tradition, Mule Day is a celebration of all things related to mules. QSL via Andreas Eastep, KJ4JEK, 504 Hemingway Dr, Columbia, TN 38401. Mule Days is a celebration of all things related to mules. Website: www.w4ggm.org. This special event has a warm place in my heart. My Grandaddy Claude died when I was young but I remember his fondness for mules and the times he gave me a ride on his mule.
5-6 April, 2200Z-2200Z, W5CCH – National Public Health Week: The Oklahoma City-County Health Department Amateur Radio Club will be recognizing National Public Health Week with a special event station. They’ll be operating on or near 28.365, 21.365, 14.265, and 7.265 as well as operating PSK on 14.070 and 7.035. The theme for the 2013 NPHW is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money” to spotlight the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending. QSL for certificate via Dave Cox, Oklahoma City-County Health Department, 921 NE 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. Website: www.occhd.org/w5cch
6 April, 1500Z-2100Z, K5DAK – 819 Steam Locomotive Special Event: The Pine Bluff Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event station on or near 14.250 in conjunction with the 18th Annual Railroadiana Show and Sale held by the Arkansas Railroad Museum, home of the 819 Locomotive. The 819 was built in the Pine Bluff Shops in Pine Bluff, AR for the St. Louis Southwestern Railway during World War II. It was the last engine built for the railway and the last locomotive built in the state of Arkansas. QSL for certificate via E. Glenn Wolf Jr, 210 S Estates Cv, White Hall, AR 71602.
6 April, 1300Z-2100Z, W8VP – World Famous Cambridge Glass 1902-1958: The Cambridge Amateur Radio Association will be operating a special event station from the National Museum of Cambridge Glass on or near 14.260 and 7.235. QSL for certificate and QSL via Cambridge Amateur Radio Association, PO Box 1804, Cambridge, OH 43725. This is the fourth special event in the Cambridge Amateur Radio Association’s year-long 100th Birthday Celebration; there is a certificate available for anyone who works ALL 12 of CARA’s monthly Special Events of 2013. Website: www.w8vp.org
6-7 April, 1800Z-2359Z, W0D – Missouri QSO Party: The Dent County Raiders (WA0JCO, K7RMJ, and WA0IYY) will be operating under primitive conditions from the Mark Twain National Forest for the Missouri QSO Party. Look for them on or near 21.380, 14.250, 7.220, and 3.825. QSL via WA0JCO, 6954 Winona Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109.
6-7 April, 1400Z-1000Z, K4NBR – Relay for Life: The North Brevard Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event station on or near 28.380, 14.200, and 7.185 in conjunction with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. QSL for certificate via NBARC, PO Box 1033, Mims, FL 32754. Donations welcome and will be given to the American Cancer Society. Website: northbrevardarc.com
6-7 April also sees the 1st Annual Texas State Parks on the Air (TSPOTA) contest. Being held from 1800Z Saturday to 2100Z Sunday, it sounds like it will be a fun time on the radio and a good opportunity for hams in Texas to get out and operate in field conditions. For more information, see the TSPOTA website.