The Maine Bicentennial Special Event Kicks off in March

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  1. KB1HNZ

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    The Maine Bicentennial Special Event, an amateur radio activity celebrating the 200th anniversary of Maine statehood, will take place between March 16th and March 22nd, 2020.

    Twelve special event call signs will be active, each representing one of Maine’s nine original counties, plus three special locations that have historical significance. These include the city of Boston (K1B), which was capital of the District of Maine while it was still part of Massachusetts, Jameson Tavern, in Freeport (K1J), where the papers were signed that separated Maine from Massachusetts, and the Town of Portland (K1P), which was Maine’s first capital. The original nine counties will be represented by the following call signs during the event: Cumberland (W1C), Hancock (W1H), Kennebec (W1K), Lincoln (W1L), Oxford (W1O), Penobscot (W1P), Somerset (W1S), Washington (W1W), and York (W1Y).

    Maine became the nation’s 23rd state on March 15, 1820, following an election in the District of Maine, and passage of the Missouri Compromise in Washington. Although the idea of separation from Massachusetts was a controversial one, 70% of Maine voters eventually chose statehood.

    The special event will coincide with several other celebrations during Maine’s Bicentennial year. Amateur radio operators from across Maine and Massachusetts, will operate from both portable and home stations. On-air activities will begin at 0000 UTC on March 16th, and continue through 2359 UTC on March 22nd.

    Certificates will be awarded to hams who contact special event stations, with endorsements available for bands, modes, and a clean sweep for contacts with each of the Maine 200 Special Event call signs.

    Please visit: https://maine200specialevent.com/ for more information and announcements leading up to this special on-air activity.

    ATTENTION MAINE HAMS: If you’re interested in operating during the Maine 200 Special Event, please send an email to: mainehamradio@gmail.com


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  2. KD2GIY

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    winner gets a big fat lobster
     
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  3. W1SDR

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    I believe that would be "winnah". (HI HI)

    73 de,
    W1SDR
     
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  5. AA3SO

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    Aya Can't get there from here only on the Blue Bird 2
     
  6. N1NA

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    Born in Maine, moved out at 2 weeks old, but still considered a "nayTiv".
     
  7. W1HBO

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    Looks like a good time, thanks for the heads up!
     
  8. N5PNZ

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    No one operating from Aroostook County? Lived up there for 17 years. (Formerly N1DTA). I seldom hear any signals from up there any more.
     
  9. AB3MO

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    Born thea, first licensed thea, moved awa, have become a summercator, and still proud of being a naytiv!
     
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