Special Events 2020

Buffalo Soldiers Special Event 2020

In honor of Buffalo Soldiers Month, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Buffalo Soldiers will take part of a world wide amateur radio special event. They will begin transmitting at 8am Saturday, July 25, 2020  and end 8pm Sunday, July 26, 2020.

For those without an amateur radio join them at 1pm on Facebook Live for participation and a chance at a special QSL card and commemorative certificate.

12th Annual 13 Colonies Special Event

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Didn't get enough HF on Field Day? The 13 Colonies Special Event Starts today.

2020 Event Dates / July 1 (9AM Eastern) to July 7 (Midnight Eastern)
(July 1, 2020-1300 UTC to July 8, 2020-0400 UTC)

All HF bands will be in play, including the WARC bands, with the exception of 60 meters. Simplex on 2 meters and 6 meters is encouraged.

The SE stations are on the east coast and, are very close to each other. It will be harder for these states to contact each other so, use of 40m-160m is encouraged.

All modes of operation may be represented - SSB, CW, RTTY, Digital, Etc. - The mode of operation is up to the individual colony state station. Please refer to the State information pages for details.

The exchange for this event is:

ATTENTION SWLs: All Short Wave listeners (SWL). You will also qualify for the certificate. Follow the instructions on the Certificates page when you submit your log. A special SWL logo will be affixed to the certificate for you. One or all 13 stations logged qualifies you. Just log ALL of the 13 Colony states and you can get a complete set of custom special event QSL cards also! all 13 are different. QSL requests to be made to each individual Colony State Station with an SASE. Consider becoming a HAM too!


All information from 13 Colonies.


World Amateur Radio Day on April 18 Celebrates 95th Anniversary of the IARU

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World Amateur Radio Day on April 18 Celebrates 95th Anniversary of the IARU

Saturday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), this year marking the 95th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Around the world, amateur radio special event stations — most sponsored by IARU member-societies — will mark the event on the air, starting on April 18 at 0000 UTC and continuinguntil April 19, at 0000, honing skills and capabilities while enjoying global friendship with other amateurs worldwide. The theme for WARD is “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.” IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, notes that the COVID-19 pandemic casts the event in a different light than in years past.

“A few short weeks ago, many of us could not imagine the levels of isolation that we are now dealing with and the sacrifices of many on the front lines of the pandemic,” Ellam said. “As we have done in past challenges to our society, amateur radio will play a key part in keeping people connected and assisting those who need support.”

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Winter Heat 2020: Illinois State Wide Simplex Event

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Winter Heat 2020 is an Illinois state-wide simplex event/contest to commence at 00:01 on January 1, 2020.

This event is the first of its kind as it is conducted for an entire month.

Amateur radio operators will operate on designated 2 Meter, 6 Meter and 70 centimeter amateur radio frequencies and will log contacts with each contact worth a single point.

It is recommended that all radio operators wishing to participate should sign up prior to the start of the event however; participant sign up can be completed at any time throughout the duration of the event.

Distance between radio operators are based off of the zip code of record per the FCC Universal Licensing System. Distance has no effect on the scoring system and is presented for reference information only.


Winter Heat is a month-long 2M/70cm event/contest to increase activity on the short-stick (2 Meter / 70 centimeter / 6 Meter) bands.

  • All contacts shall be via voice using the FM mode.
  • All contacts will be made on the following designated Illinois AUXCOMM Simplex Frequencies:
    • 147.570 - IL2-C
    • 446.700 - ILUHF-C
    • 52.540 - IL6M-X
      • 6 Meters is not represented in the IIFOG.

  • These frequencies are used as not to tie up the traditional calling frequencies

The event will start at 00:01 CDT on January 1, 2020 and will end at 23:59 CDT on January 31, 2020.

Contacts are logged into the over-the-web logging system and are tabulated in real time. Participants wishing to log their contacts will be required to sign up for the event. All contacts can be submitted regardless if the other party is a registered participant or not.

Sponsored by: Central Illinois Radio Active