Category Archives: Special Event

Army Signal Corps Special Event Station
by Joe Crankshaw
June 17, 2010

Radio hams to celebrate 150th anniversary of Army Signal Corps in Hobe Sound

HOBE SOUND — The Army Signal Corps turns 150 years old.

Members of the Martin County Amateur Radio Association will celebrate the milestone Saturday and Sunday with a Special Event Station from the Hobe Mountain watchtower in Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

The site of the event was once the top secret Camp Murphy, the Army’s Southern Signal School. The name of the school was a disguise, it actually trained radar specialists.

The public is invited, said Bill Laakkonen, spokesman for the association.

The Special Event Station will include two tents by the base of Hobe Mountain containing amateur radio units, plus one on Hobe Mountain Tower. They will be transmitting and receiving messages both days. Saturday is designated for children.

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Echoes of Apollo Shake Down Run a Success

by Dave Smith W6TE
June 2009


Jim Klassen, W6JMK, Pat Barthelow, AA6EG and I picked Wayne Overbeck, N6NB, up at the San Jose Airport about 4 PM on Tuesday and headed to the Stanford, 150’, SRI dish in Palo Alto. We were gathered to set up the 23 CM equipment for a “shake down test” . For the “Echoes of Apollo” event June 26-28, 2009.

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World Moon Bounce Day

Echoes of Apollo
April 7, 2009

Celebrates 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

SAN FRANCISCO –World Moon Bounce Day is June 27, Saturday, Sydney Time (Friday, June 26, San Francisco Time), Echoes of Apollo (EOA,, an international space education organization, in cooperation with the National Space Society (, announced today. All over the world, participants will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing by bouncing radio voice transmissions off the moon, known as “moon bounce.”

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Midway Atoll Active as K4M in October 2009

ARRL Letter
Volume 28, Number 10
March 13th, 2009

Hams to Activate Midway Atoll as K4M in October 2009

Earlier this year, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that they would open Midway Atoll <> to Amateur Radio operations for two weeks only, from October 5-19, 2009 <>. Tom Harrell, N4XP, of Monroe, Georgia, and Dave Johnson, WB4JTT, of Aitkin, Minnesota, have put together a team of 19 operators from all over the world to activate Midway Atoll for a 10 day period as K4M <>. This the first time that USFWS has allowed amateurs to operate from the wildlife refuge since 2002.

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Special Event for First Wireless Rescue at Sea

Via email
January 23, 2009

Jack Binns and the FIRST WIRELESS RESCUE AT SEA in 1909
Special Event 100th Anniversary Jan 22-24, 2009

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The week-end of January 23rd 2009 and the summer of 2009 promise to be filled with events commemorating the first large scale rescue in open sea coordinated by wireless.

The Marconi Radio Club W1AA of Massachusetts USA will take part in the Jack Binns special event with two stations by representing SS Republic (Callsign MKC) as W1AA/MKC and SS Baltic (Call sign BC)  as W1AA/BC. The two stations plan to be on the amateur bands on Jan 23 from 0001Z to 0400Z and on Jan 24th from 1200Z to 2000Z. . Both SSB and CW modes will be used. Watch the DX Summit for W1AA/MKC and W1AA/BC spots. Special one of a kind photo QSL cards have been created for each call for the event.

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