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To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, the Lake Martin Amateur Radio Club will be operating Special Event Station N4H from Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Tallapoosa County, AL from 14:00Z to 21:00Z on Saturday March 29, 2014 on freq. 7.280 & 14.325 MHZ.
The Battle of Horseshoe Bend brought an end to the Creek Indian War, made Andrew Jackson an American hero and opened much of present day Alabama and Georgia for settlement.
For additional information see the March or April issue of QST, go to www.k4ywe.com or email email@example.com
- Most of you have probably seen the e-mail that was recently sent out to all the clubs in Alabama announcing that the Alabama Contest Group is now accepting requests for operating time slots for the W1AW/4 Special Event.
- This past weekend it was brought to our attention that there was no mention of satellite or EME operations. Since the goal of this Special Event is to activate W1AW/4 on as many modes as possible, it was decided to investigate how many Alabama hams would be interested in activating W1AW/4 using satellite and/or EME.
- If you have the capability and think you might be willing to use one of these modes, just reply via this e-mail or use the “Contact Us” link on the home page of the Alabama Contest Group website so we can get an idea of the interest level with these modes.
And remember, please continue to talk about this event at your club meetings and any hamfests you may attend.
73, Tom, W4NBS
To: All Amateur Radio Operators in the State of Alabama
Probably every ham operator in the state is aware that this Special Event is currently happening. Notices have been sent to all of the clubs statewide and announcements have appeared on the ARRL website and also on the Alabama section of the ARRL website.
The Alabama Contest Group (ACG) has been tasked with organizing W1AW/4 operations within the state and work has been in progress towards making that task successful since late last year.
To that end, the ACG is pleased to make the following announcement:
The 2014 Alabama Section Outstanding Youth Ham Award is intended to recognize a young ham who has demonstrated his or her dedication to Amateur Radio through his or her activities. Although there are several national awards of similar merit, we recognized the need for an award that honors outstanding young hams on the local level. Thus, the Alabama Section Outstanding Youth Ham Award was born. This award is not a contest for a prize. Any prizes given are secondary in nature. A person selected “Alabama Outstanding Youth Ham”; is judged on his or her contributions to society through Amateur Radio. This year’s awards will be prior to the award.
Also we are honored to have ICOM‘s continued support of this award with the presentation of an ID-51A analog/D-Star portable to the winner. In addition GigaParts will also be a sponsor. Continue reading
BIG CHANGE THIS YEAR FOR THE TOUR DE CURE BICYCLE RIDE!!!
After much discussion and planing with local cyclist, local officials, and everyday riders and volunteers, American Diabetes has decided to MOVE the event to be TOTALLY in SHELBY COUNTY…
This is going to be so much better in terms of safety for the riders by not traveling on 119 and crossing over I20.
This means many changes for us so I need to ask for your help as we learn the new routes, new rest stops, new central command, and even the use of different repeaters.
Here are some links that might help answer these questions. This first link is the complete schedule for 2014 showing when each state will be hosting the W1AW call sign. So far, it has been relatively easy to find these Special Event stations on the air because they are proving to be quite popular and they are generating pile-ups. It would be helpful if folks would print this schedule and keep it near their rig so they wouldn’t need to keep referring to the ARRL website.
There is another way to find if one of these stations is active, though. By using a DX spotting program or a website such as DXSummit, all one needs to do is to type in W1AW/X in the Search feature (the X represents the call area of the state currently using the W1AW call sign).
For example, for the week starting 8 January, 2014, Utah and South Carolina stations will be using the W1AW call sign. If you are looking for one of these stations, using the Search function of DXSummit or some other spotting program, type in W1AW/4 to find an active South Carolina station or W1AW/7 to find an active Utah station.
This next link is to the ARRL website where one will be able to find a complete description and some FAQ’s regarding this special event.
I will be sending this e-mail out to all the clubs in Alabama and wondered if you could post this on the Alabama Section website for folks that are not in clubs.
73, Tom Schwinn, W4NBS
League’s web site at http://alarrl.com/.
This is a reminder to please make sure your club information is updated to reflect your current Name, Club President, e-mail addess or web-site, and who the point of contact is. Also if you do not have a Public Information Officer, it would be a good thing to appoint one. Ed, N4EDT, is the Section Public Information Coordnator and would be glad to help. Continue reading