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GB13COL 13 COLONIES SPECIAL EVENT JULY 2017

13 COLONIES SPECIAL EVENT 2017

01 Jul 2017

13 Colonies Special Event July 2017

Special event news, G4EUZ, Durham and District Amateur Radio Society (DADARS) is privileged to be participating as one of the bonus stations, as part of the hugely popular Amateur Radio, 13 Colonies Special Event from Durham. The special call GB13COL has been issued for this event and will run 24hrs per day, from Saturday July 1, 2016-1300 UTC to Friday July 7, 2016-0400 UTC. The primary focus of the event will be the HF bands, as well as VHF & UHF using SSB, CW & Digital modes for contacts.

As a point of interest, the 13 Colonies event began in 2009 as a way of celebrating American Independence with the original 13 Colony States circa 1776. Since the UK was a major historical player in the Revolutionary War, this year a “13 Colonies Bonus Station” from England will present an added positive flair, historical significance and a challenge for amateur contacts. This event has rapidly become the premier Amateur Radio on-air activity in North America as well as global interests from hams who enjoy special events. In 2016, there were approximately 140,000 QSOs contacts logged.

Ken Villone KU2US (K2A) is the manager of the event. Every year there is a different certificate theme for amateurs who make contact with either one or all participating stations, including the bonus stations. Ideally, amateurs taking part aim to get a “clean sweep” of all 13 stations: K2A (NY), K2B (VA), K2C (RI), K2D (CT), K2E (DE), K2F (MD), K2G (GA), K2H (MA), K2I (NJ), K2J (NC), K2K (NH), K2L (SC), K2M (PA), plus WM3PEN & GB13COL operating as bonus stations. Contacts made will be endorsed on to the certificate along with your own personal call sign. The theme for 2017 is the "Is Liberty or Death". There is also an opportunity to exchange QSL cards with all 13 Colony State stations directly, plus the bonus stations. For further information regarding the 13 Colonies please visit the website at, www.13colonies.info

The general public will be able to view the event as it takes place. DADARS is housed within Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn DH6 5AT.

If you would like to visit the club or want further information on GB13COL please contact Ray G0VLF at g0vlf@yahoo.co.uk or Tel No 07904196283

QSL Card for 13 Colonies Special Event 2017

QSL Card for 13 Colonies Special Event 2017

13 Colonies Special Event certificate sample

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