Amateur Radio and History for March 2018

History related special event station for March 2018 include EI50AOM, which continues from January and February along with several Military History special event stations and a station commemorating the founding of one of the original 13 US Colonies. N4H will commemorate the Creek War/War of 1812 Battle of Horseshoe Bend and K7T will commemorate the Civil War Battle of Picacho Peak. K5B will remember those who died during World War II’s Bataan Death March. K5C will commemorate the commissioning of the battleship USS Texas (BB-35). WM3PEN will commemorate the charter of the Province of Pennsylvania, one of the original 13 US Colonies which became one of the original 13 stats, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

Special event station EI50AOM will operate in Baltimore, County Cork, Ireland from 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the crash of Aer Lingus Flight 712. The callsign combines the aircraft’s registration with the 50th Anniversary of the crash. Aer Lingus Flight 712, a Vickers Viscount 803 with Irish registration EI-AOM crashed on 24 March 2017 near Tuskar Rock, County Wexford, Ireland with 57 passengers and 4 crew aboard; all 61 perished in the crash. The cause of Flight 712’s crash has never been determined. Initial investigations into the crash were not thorough so the crash has been surrounded by controversy. One theory that evolved was that Flight 712 was downed by a missile from a testing facility at RAF Aberporth in Wales; another theory was that it crashed as a result of a collision with an Irish Air Corps training aircraft. A more thorough investigation in 2002 determined that Flight 712 crashed as the result of a mechanical failure stemming from metal fatigue, corrosion, control surface flutter, or a bird strike. Of the 61 fatalities, the remains of only 14 were ever found. EI50AOM will be devoting one day of operations to each person lost in the crash.

EI50AOM will be operating on or around 21.317, 18.127, 14.217, and 7.127. QSL via Tim McKnight, EI2KA, Gortadrohid, Ringarogy Island, Baltimore, Co. Cork, Ireland. For more information, see:  https://www.qrz.com/db/ei50aom

 

The Oro Valley Amateur radio Club will be operating special event station K7T from Tucson, AZ on 10 March 2018 to commemorate the Battle of Picacho Peak. The Battle of Picacho Peak took place on 15 April 1862 between a patrol of the 1st California Cavalry (Union) and Confederate pickets from the Arizona Rangers (Confederate States) near Picacho Peak between current day Phoenix and Tucson, AZ. To be honest, I’d never heard of this battle until I saw the special event listing, but it was the westernmost battle fought during the American Civil War. Fought between 13 Union Troopers and 10 Arizona Troopers, it was very small unit action. The Arizona Troopers were lying in wait to ambush an oncoming union force of which 1st California Cavalry patrol was a part. Their commander was under orders not to engage with Confederate forces immediately, but to wait for the rest of the Union force to arrive; instead of waiting, he decided to attack. In the attack, he was killed along with two other California Troopers and three others were injured. The Arizona Troopers suffered three captured and maybe two injured. The impatience of the Union patrol leader resulted in delaying an attack by the main Union force and prevented that attack from being the surprise that it was planned to be.

K7T will be CW on or around: 7.040 and 14.040; on PSK on or around 7.070 and 14.070; on FT8: on or around 7.074  and 14.074; and on SSB on or around 7.200 and 14.250. No paper QSL, please. Email for QSL to hfsig@tucsonhamradio.org www.tucsonhamradio.org

 

The Menasco Amateur Radio Club will be operating special event station K5C from Cleburne, TX from 10-14 March 2018 in honor of the commissioning of the USS Texas (BB-35) on 12 March 1914. The USS Texas was a New York class dreadnought battleship armed with 10 14-inch guns, 21 5-inch guns, and an assortment of smaller guns and torpedo tubes. She saw action in both World War I and World War II. During World War I, she served with the Royal Navy Grand Fleet after the United States entered the war, performing convoy escort and blockade duties. During World War II, she participated in the North African campaign, the invasion of Europe, the invasion of southern France, the Battle of Iwo Jima, and the Battle of Okinawa. She was decommissioned in April 1948 and turned over to the State of Texas to become a museum ship, a role she still serves to this day. The USS Texas is the only surviving dreadnought battleship and the only surviving capital ship (primary combat ship) that saw action in both World War I and World War II. The USS Texas is also active on the air via the Battleship Texas Radio Station, NA5DV (her active duty callsign was NADV). I’ve had a QSO with the station on several times and always consider an honor to work a station aboard such a historic ship.

K5C will be active on or around 14.045, 14.324, 7.045, or 7.185. QSL. via Club KC5NX, 9200 Summit Court West, Cleburne, TX 76033. For more information:  kc5nx.radio.club@gmail.com or www.qrz.com/db/kc5nx

 

 

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USS Texas (BB-35) in 1919 (Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=397489)

 

 

The Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club, WM3PEN, will operate a special event station from Philidelphia, PA on 11 March 2018 to commemorate Pennsylvania Charter Day. Pennsylvania Charter Day honors the granting of the Province of Pennsylvania to William Penn by King Charles II of England on 4 March 1681. In the Charter, Charles II cited enlarging the empire, trade, and civilization and Christianization of the natives as reasons for granting Penn the colony, but Pennsylvania is considered a Reformation Colony; more than likely, Charles II granted it to William Penn as repayment of debt incurred to Penn’s father during the Stuart Restoration. The Charter laid out the boundaries of the Province, the powers that Penn (and his descendants) would have as proprietor, and what Penn would owe the King annually in return for the grant. Since Charles and his advisors knew that Pennsylvania would have a Quaker majority, a clause was also included that provided for an Anglican clergyman if one was requested by twenty of the Province’s inhabitants. The 1783 Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolution and the American colonies became independent from the British Empire, nullifying the Charter. As a result, Pennsylvania became a Commonwealth and the second of the original 13 states of the United States of America.

WM3PEN will be operating on or near 14.280 and 7.230. QSL via Holmesburg ARC, 3341 Sheffield St, Philadelphia, PA 19136. www.harcnet.org

 

The Mesilla Valley Radio Club will be operating special event station K5B as part of the Las Cruces, NM Bataan Memorial Death March from 23-26 March 2018. The Bataan Memorial Death March is in memorial of the Bataan Death March that occurred during World War II as Japan captured the Philippines. After the defeat of American forces in the Battle of Bataan, which lasted from 7 January to 9 April 1942, the Japanese began a forced march of Filippino and American Prisoners of War from Bataan to Capas over a distance of 60-70 miles. In all sense of the words, the march was a war crime. Prisoners were rarely fed or given water. Those that were unable to continue the march were killed. Prisoners were randomly beaten and killed by their captors. What medical care that was available was provided by American doctors among the POWs, no medical care was provided by the Japanese. Somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 POWs began the march; sources on the number of deaths vary, but between 5,000-18,000 Filipinos died and between 500-650 Americans died during the march. After the war, the Japanese commander of the Philippines, General Masaharu Homma was arrested and tried by a war tribunal for war crimes related to the Bataan Death March; he was found convicted on 11 February 1946 and executed on 3 March 1946 in Manila.

The special event listing submitted to the ARRL does not include any HF frequency or QSL information; QRZ lists the club’s address as Mesilla Valley Radio Club, PO Box 1443,
Las Cruces, NM 88004.

 

The Lake Martin Amateur Radio Club will be operating special event station N4H on 24 March 2018 in Alexander City, AL to commemorate the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. The Battle of Horseshoe Bend took place on 27 March 1814 near Dadeville, AL within a bend of the Tallapoosa River known as Horseshoe Bend. The battle put an end to the Creek War, which ran concurrently with the War of 1812. The Creek war pitted the Upper Creek tribe, who were allied with the British in the War of 1812 against the Lower Creek tribe who were allied with the United States during the War o 1812. The American forces were led by Andrew Jackson, who at the time was a Major General in the Tennessee militia. Attacking the Upper Creek position from both the front and rear, Jackson’s forces eventually overwhelmed the Upper Creeks and the battle turned into a slaughter. The American and Lower Creek forces suffered around 60 dead and 154 wounded but the Upper Creeks suffered somewhere around 800-850 dead. In addition to Upper Creek warriors killed during the battle, others were killed when timber they were hiding in was burned and others were killed as they tried to swim the river in retreat. Against orders from the Federal government, Jackson negotiated the Treaty of Fort Jackson, which approximately 20 million acres from mostly the Upper Creeks to the United States. It was the beginning of the end for both the Upper Creeks and the friendly Lower Creeks, however. Alabama and Georgia continued to grow and the Creeks were pushed out of their lands. Eventually, the Creeks were one of the five tribes removed from the southeast during the “Trail of Tears.”

N4H will be active on or around 14.200 and 7.250. Certificate & QSL. Michael Courtney, 96 Alabama Drive, Alexander City, AL 35010

 

It’s also worth mentioning that NASA’s Amateur Radio Clubs will be on the air throughout 2018 as part of a year-long special event “NASA on the Air.” They’ll be commemorating events such as the 60th anniversary of NASA’s founding on 29 July 1958, the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first element of the International Space Station on 20 November 1998, the 20th anniversary of the launch of the International Space Station’s Node 1 on 4 December 1998, and the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8’s launch on 21 December 1968 and splashdown on 27 December 1968. The clubs will also be on the air for other occasions throughout the year. You can keep up with the events and when the clubs will be on the air by checking their website or following NASA Radio Clubs on Twitter.

 


 

If you’re interested in reading more about the events encompassed by this month’s special event stations, here are some that I’ve read and suggest:

  1. The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict by Donald R. Hickey
  2. Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea by Robert K. Massie
  3. Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 by Ian W. Toll

 

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