Route 66 On The Air - Highway to a DX Party
Route 66 On The Air -
Highway to a DX Party
The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California, will host (probably one of the most fun special event activities) the 9th annual 'Route 66 On The Air' special event between September 13-21st.
The purpose of this event is to offer amateur radio operators a fun way to 'Relive the Ride' of their own memories of Route 66, and to celebrate the highway's 82nd anniversary.
The U.S. Highway 66 established in 1926, was the first major improved highway to link the west coast with the nations heartland. Through stories, songs, and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America.
Look for the following 19 stations (two are rovers) operating in or around the major cities along the old 'Route 66' from Santa Monica, California, to Chicago, Illinois:
Stations / City / Club
W6A - Santa Monica, CA - Westside Amateur Radio Club
W6B - Los Angeles, CA - Westside Amateur Radio Club
W6C - San Bernardino, CA - Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club
W6D - Victorville, CA - Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club
W6E - Barstow, CA - Barstow Amateur Radio Club
W6F - Kingman, AZ - Hualapai Amateur Radio Club
W6G - Flagstaff, AZ - Northern Arizona DX Association
W6H - Albuquerque, NM - New Mexico Amateur Radio Alliance
W6I - Amarillo, TX - Chapter 141, QCWA
W6J - Elk City, OK - Western Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club
W6K - Oklahoma City, OK - No Club Affiliation
W6L - Tulsa, OK - Tulsa Amateur Radio Club
W6M - Riverton, KS - Wichita Amateur Radio Club
W6N - Joplin, MO - Joplin Amateur Radio Club
W6O - Lebanon, MO - Lebanon Amateur Radio Club
W6P - St. Louis, MO - St. Louis Amateur Radio Club
W6Q - Chicago, IL - Six Meter Club of Chicago
W6R - Goleta, CA - Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club
W6S - Santa Barbara, CA - No Club Affiliation
Special event stations are expected to be found in the vicinity of the following frequencies. (Look for digital modes in the standard band segments for such mode) All frequencies +/- QRM:
CW- 3533, 7033, 10110, 14033, 18080, 21033, 24900, 28033 and 50033 kHz
SSB - 3866, 7266, 14266, 18164, 21366, 24966, 28466 and 50166 kHz
R66 MOBILE Operations - Any amateurs operating while actually driving along Route 66 during the special event period are encouraged to take part in "Route 66 On The Air", by using the designation"mobile 66" for SSB or "/m66" for CW after their callsigns. All other amateur radio operators are welcome to contact these mobile operators.
REPEATERS - Some of the participating clubs will also be operating this event from their local VHF/UHF repeaters. Check the ARRL repeater guide for possible repeater frequencies, if your in the local area.
Each participating club will issue their own QSL card commemorating this event. QSL information is available on the Web at: http://www.w6jbt.org/Route_ota/Gener...s/QSLRoute.htm
For more details about the event and the certificate that is available, please visit the 'Route 66 OTA Site' at:
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Great that it's time for this event again! Thanks to those participating with each special-event station... I'm sure it's a burden to them ;^) . -Mark K0EX
Route 66 stations
I worked a bunch of them last year, and look forward to hearing them on the air again this year! I drove Route 66 a few years ago (although not from start to finish), and stayed in the "Route 66" hotel, although the name of the city where it was located escapes me now. If you haven't driven it, you owe it to yourself to see the U.S. as it was meant to be! Friendly folks, quaint towns, real personality! Where I live -used- to be like that until the high rises came in and took over. -KR4WM
*Now buying Echolink boards and interfaces for use in a BB-gun shooting gallery at nearby hamfests! Working or not! Paying up to $1.00 each, plus another dollar to cover your shipping and handling!
Fellow Route 66 participants:
I'm writing a story on the Route 66 OTA event for Route 66 Magazine to appear in its Spring issue in 2009. If you have any unusual stories, anecdotes from the event relay them to me if you'd like. I don't work for Route 66 Magazine, just a retired Texas newspaper reporter doing a story on the event. My XYL Cheryl (WY5H) and I will be driving Route 66 from either Tulsa OK or Joplin MO to either Amarillo TX or Albuquerque NM (just depends on how much time we spend stopping along the way) so if you hear us give us a call. We will have an interesting QSL card. QSL via our qrz.com address.
73 de Tom, WW5L (andersonww5l at sbcglobal dot net)
I only know one member of the 6m club of Chicago. He is the nicest guy in the world. But to the point I think this will be fun!
Originally Posted by g4tut
[B]In the beginning the Universe was created. [B]This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. - Douglas Adams[/B][/B]
This is a good one for me.
I ran across a station a few years back and got to chat with Martin Milner!
Of course,like a dork, I kept bringing up Adam-12.
You step in the stream,
but the water has moved on.
I love Route 66 I am planning a motorcycle vacation to ride it back east catching it in AZ to Chicago! Good Special Event.
He's my "T.V." childhood hero! I loved Adam-12! It's even one of my Avatar's on another website!Attachment 19727
Originally Posted by w4rot
I sure wish I could get a vanity callsign that read: "1A12"