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Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2010 8:58 AM
Subject: [ham-mag_en] Annual Columbia Special Event
On Jan 13, 2010, at 10:55 PM, Rusty Sanders wrote:
circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to get information posted in
the QST magazine in time to let everyone know about the annual Columbia Special
Event Station remembering the shuttle event and the many ham operators that came
together to assist in the recovery effort.
Please pass along the attached
information to your members.
Thanks, 73, KD5GEN, Rusty
<Shuttle Columbia Special Event
Shuttle Columbia Special Event Station
Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club will again hold a special event station in
remembrance of the shuttle disaster on Feb. 1, 2003. The event will occur on
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. Ham operators from other areas are welcome to attend the
event. If you cannot come to Nacogdoches, we would like to hear from you on 20
or 40 meters. Operation will begin at 0800 CST (1400 UTC) and end at 1500 CST
The station will be set up at the McMichael Middle School
located at 4330 SE Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches. This is on Loop 224 between
Hwy 21 east and FM 2259. The event commemorates how the ham radio operators from
the local area went into action immediately after the shuttle crash to provide
emergency communications and relay traffic necessary to the coordination of the
event. Within hours, ham operators from across the state of Texas and other
states as well also became involved. Many ham radio clubs sent members to assist
in providing communications for the varied search teams. Other clubs provided
towers and repeater equipment necessary to relay vital information.
honor of the work performed by Amateur Radio, the Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club
has a special event station on the first Saturday in February of each year. The
special event station allows ham radio operators to meet together in person to
discuss the events of the fateful day in February 2003. Local club members
operate radios set up at the school to make contacts across the country via
various frequencies. We plan to operate on 7200 and 14270, plus or minus QRM.
The local vhf repeater of 146.84, negative offset, 141.3 PL will be monitored as
a talk-in channel.
For additional information, please contact Rusty
Sanders, kd5gen@arrl. net.