Olympic special event station on the air

2012L - the London Olympics special event station

The London Olympics special event station, 2012L, is on the air. Says the website,

The call sign of the London Flagship Amateur Radio Station celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. This unique amateur radio special event radio station is based at the Royal Greenwich District Scouts Activity Centre in New Eltham, south-east London. Eltham is in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, one of the six “host boroughs” for the Games.

We plan to make at least 60,000 contacts during the seven weeks of round the clock operation. The first contact was made on the afternoon of Wednesday 25th July, when the first Games football event took place in Cardiff. Operation will continue until the end of the Paralympics on Sunday 9th September.

They have been apparently generating huge pileups, especially on 20m. I’m hoping to work them before they close down.

GW0RYT informs me via Twitter that there is also an Olympic special event station, 2012W, in Wales.

Operating Notes – 7/8/2012

Yesterday, down at WA2HOM, our club station at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, I worked a bunch of special event stations:

In addition, while tuning around down in the CW portion of the band, I ran into Peter, N4UP, who graciously worked me so that I could get his QSL card to add to my collection of QSL cards from stations whose callsigns spell words. The contact worked out for both of us. Peter told me that he’s started a collection of cards with unique prefixes, and that I’m his first KB6.

Operating Notes: 6/13/12

Operating notes from the past week:

  • I was net control for this week’s ARROW 2m net. This net takes place every Monday night at 8 pm  on the 146.96 repeater. This Monday, we had ten stations check in. One station had two young visitors, who were able to say a few words on the radio. QNI: 13, including yours truly.
  • On Sunday afternoon, I left my HF rig tuned to 28.010 MHz while I played around on the computer upstairs. I turned up the volume so that I could hear it if anyone came on. Twice, I heard DX stations calling CQ. I worked CT1HMN one of those times.
  • DX was pretty good over the weekend. I worked a ZP6 (Paraguay) on 30m and an HK0 (Colombia) on 40m.
  • Sunday night, there was a “numbers station” on 10115.5 kHz. This one was sending random code groups, each consisting of five characters. I hear these stations about every six months.
  • At WA2HOM, our station down at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, I worked EO2012KW, a special event commemorating the European 2012 Football Championship taking place at venues in Poland and the Ukraine.
  • If the Detroit Tigers win the American League pennant, I’ll organize a special event station commemorating their participation in the World Series. I won’t be able to get a cool call with a “2012″ in it, but I could probably get the callsign W8S.

EFC 2012


  • Last night, I worked Jim, W4BKV. When he heard that I lived in Ann Arbor, MI, he volunteered that he used to come up here a lot in the 1970s and 1980s doing consulting work for a company called Sycor. Well, as it happens, I came to Ann Arbor to work for Northern Telecom, the company that purchased Sycor. We had a great chat, nearly an hour long, talking about Sycor and how technology has progressed since then.
  • Ann Arbor is a great town from a QSO prospective. Despite it being a relatively small town, the University of Michigan is here, and lots of hams have either visited here or gone to school here or have heard of the place. So, there’s plenty to talk about.

Ham Radio in the News – 5/30/12

China/PhillipinesHam radio pulled into territorial dispute. China is using amateur radio to claim sovereignty of Scarborough Reef. The Chinese say that in 1990 a German ham was told  by the Philippine ambassador that the reef was not within Philippine territory.

Amateur radio essential tool. Behind the scenes at every Drivesouth Rally of Otago a team of local amateur radio enthusiasts works tirelessly to keep track of every car. Their support is vital to the three-day event, which started last night, as there is either unreliable or no cellphone reception where many of rally’s stages are held.

W6G Salutes Golden Gate Anniversary. The San Francisco Amateur Radio Club helped mark the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge by contacting other amateur radio operators this Memorial Day weekend.

Ham Radio in the News – 4/6/12

Knobs, Dials, and Crackles.  BBC Radio 4′s Today programme is producing a limited edition, digital radio – sold to raise money for Children in Need. Aspiring UK designers – and listeners with a touch of creative flair – are being encouraged to submit designs. For inspiration, reporter Nicola Stanbridge went to look at one of the country’s largest private collections of vintage radios.

Wales remembers young radio amateur who monitored and reported Titanic distress calls. As the Titanic was sinking in the North Atlantic, its more than 2,000 passengers and crew scrambling in the dark for lifeboats, a young man far away in Wales heard the ship’s distress calls on his homemade radio. The local Blackwood & District Amateur Radio Society will be using a special call sign to send messages on April 13-15 from Gelligroes Mill, where Moore built and operated his device.

Billy Burdette, K4NJS, SK. Mr. Burdette was a past member of the Spartanburg Amateur Radio Club and he was a current member of the Old Friends Amateur Radio Group. He was a dedicated amateur radio operator having the call letters K4NJS. Billy was a colorful figure attending dozens of hamfests over the years.

WA2HOM to operate in special event mode on Saturday, February 25, 2012

Rotary InternationalI am a member of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club. The Rotary Club was founded in Chicago on February 23, 1905, and in commemoration of that event–and to promote awareness of the Rotary Club’s End Polio Now campaign–I’ll be calling CQ Polio on Saturday, 2/15/12 at WA2HOM.

I plan to operate primarily on 20m phone on or about 14.280, plus or minus QRM. If you’re in the Ann Arbor, MI area, I’d like to invite you to come down and help me. I plan to be there from 10am until at least 4pm EST (1500 – 2100Z).

If you’re not in the are, I’d like to invite you to work us. We’ll send out a commemorative certificate to anyone who’d like one.

If you’d like to know more about Rotary, you can go to www.rotary.org.  If you’d like to know more about the End Polio Now campaign in particular, go to  End Polio Now section of the Rotary website.

International Museums Weekend, June 16-17 and 23-24, 2012

Since I’m the station manager for WA2HOM, I’m always interested in ham radio events that take place at museums. I am, therefore, excited to note that the operating event, International Museums Weekend, will take place on both June 16-17, 2012 and June 23-24, 2012.

This has been primarily a European operating event, but I’m hoping that we can also get something going here in the U.S.  I know that I plan to participate in this event at WA2HOM.

Here’s how the IMW’s website describes the event:

The intention of the event is to set up amateur radio special event stations at as many of the museums as possible throughout the whole of the world. I would hope for an HF, VHF, and if at all possible, a Ui-View (APRS) packet station to be set up at each museum site, but the scope of your station is entirely up to you. The choice of museum is also left very much up to you, however aim for the largest and/or most unusual you can find.

The museums taking part over the years have included ships, castles, air museums, Napoleonic forts, pumping stations, wireless museums, racing museums and many others. For the purposes of the event, the word ‘museum’ is loosely interpreted. There really is no shortage of venues in which such an event can be staged, no matter where in the world you might live.

Related video
Just coincidentally, I received in an e-mail a link to a video that  documents two QSOs from a portable station to two museum ships.

A special (event) day at WA2HOM

I had a special day at WA2HOM today…a special event day, that is.

First of all, it was SKYWARN Recognition Day today. There were more than 100 National Weather Service amateur radio stations on the air today (see map below).

SKYWARN Stations

More than 100 NWS amateur radio stations were on the air today for SKYWARN Recognition Day.

I managed to work eight of them including stations in FL, IL, KS, KY, MA, TN, TX, and VA.

I also contacted several stations participating in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Amateur Radio Clubs Special Event. This operating event was held in conjunction with the SEC championship football game. I was able to work three of the stations: AA4UT (Univ. of Tennessee), W4DFU‘ (Univ. of Florida), and W5YM (University of Arkansas). It was great to hear so many college club stations on the air.

One thing that I found a little curious is that the event lasted only from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Then, it hit me. The game must have started at 1:00 pm. D’oh!

I worked two stations commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor. The first, N4WIS, was aboard the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA. The second, W2W, was located at the National Electronics Museum in Baltimore, MD.

When I wasn’t busy working the special event stations, I managed to sneak in a couple of DX contacts. The first, VP2MOR, was on the island of Monserrat. The second, NH7U, is on the island of Molokai in Hawaii. It was kind of neat to work NH7U as I’ve actually been to Molokai.

In addition to all these great contacts, I was able to give a couple of demos to interested museum patrons. That rounded off a really special day down at WA2HOM.

Tesla’s Lab on the Air November 5

From Hamilton, KD0NFR:

Wardenclyffe, Nikola Tesla’s last laboratory will be on the air November 5th as special event station W3T! Wardenclyffe is located in Shoreham, NY on Long Island. W3T is part of a network of special event stations that are helping to raise awareness for the effort to purchase the laboratory and restore it into a science museum. To read more about the effort to restore Wardencyffe, please check out the Tesla Science Center website.

The other stations in the network are N3Y which will transmit via satellite and possibly HF from the New Yorker Hotel, Tesla’s last home in Manhattan, and YU0TESLA which will transmit on 20m as well as other HF bands. For the latest updates on what frequencies to catch the stations on and a sneak peek at the QSL cards and QTHs, go to the special event website.

If you’re in the Shoreham area on the 5th, please stop by the station! Also, be sure to check out the Radio Central Amateur (RCA) Radio Club. They will have the Marconi radio shack on the air a few miles away transmitting as a special event station commemorating the 90th anniversary of the opening of the RCA transmitting antenna farm in Rocky Point, NY. More details are available at the RCA website. Without the RCA club W3T would not be on the air. Their help has been invaluable!

If you have any questions, or you’d like to help out, please feel free to contact me at hcarter333@gmail.com.

73 de KD0FNR Hamilton Carter

Heathkit Nostalgia Event

On July 23rd, 1954, “Mr. Heathkit,” Howard E. Anthony was killed in a plane crash. To honor “Mr. Heathkit,” The Great Outdoor Radio Club, or GORC, is proud to sponsor the First Heathkit Nostalgia Event. This event is open to any licensed amateur radio operator. The main objective of the event is to communicate with classic Heathkit Radios. This is not a sprint nor is it a contest. This is a friendly gathering of amateur radio operators who own and operate Heathkit radios. If you don’t own a Heathkit radio, you still may join the fun!

Sponsor: The Great Outdoor Radio Club – GORC
Date: October 1st, 2011
Time: 0000 UTC – 2300 UTC
Bands: 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m
Modes: SSB, CW

A certificate will be issued to any amateur radio operator who makes contact with a minimum of ten Heathkit radio stations. A special certificate will be issued to any amateur radio operator who operates his or her Heathkit radio station outdoors and makes a minimum of ten contacts. This certificate will have a graphic your Heathkit radio model on it.

Exchange: Call, RST, Heathkit Model (or Power Level if no Heathkit radio used)

Please email all logs to: heathkitevent@wa3wsj.org

Mail to:
Heathkit Nostalgia Event
775 Moonflower Ave.
Reading, PA 19606-3447