WW1USA - July 2017

Battle of Passchendaele July 22-23

Fellow club members:

We are going to host another Special Event for WW1USA on July 22-23 again this year. It willcommemorate the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. For those, like me, who are not familiar with this battle it is officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres (pronounced e-press). Passchendaele is a small community south east of Ypres Belgium in West Flanders.

The attack by the allied infantry commenced on July 31 st and continued into November. This Battle is infamous for the mud and for the high casualties incurred. In a bit over three months 325,000 Allied and 260,000 German casualties were racked up.

Mark your calendar now to come down to the WW1 Memorial and Museum to operate one of the stations for a couple of hours. The event will be held inside the air-conditioned building using remote controlled stations. As before if you show a valid Amateur Radio license you may tour the museum for $5.00 each for yourself and three guests.

I will post another reminder about 2 weeks before the event as that will be when the online sign-up will open for club members.

I hope to see many of you down there for the event, it is something well worth doing!

Jim Alexander

Event Coordinator for SFTARC

WW1USA July Special Event

WW1USA July Special Event

Santa Fe Trails Amateur Radio Club hosted the Special Event station WW1USA at the WW1 Museum and Memorial this past weekend (July 23-24). It was a great success despite losing about six hour of operation due to a water main break. The museum was forced to close at 3:00pm on Saturday because it was deemed unsafe to the patrons.



On January 28 2017, the Santa Fe Trail ARC club came to Del’s Sawyer’s QTH, and started setting up for special event to celebrate when Kansas joined the union on January 29, 1861.


We had 8 operators for a total of 96 SSB contacts and 6 CW contacts.


The most interesting event of the day, Jim Krentzel KE0GEY, contacted his grandfather in Oregon who is also a ham.


The antennas employed were 2 Windoms and a Comet 422 dipole.


The radios employed were Yeasue FT-3000 and ICOM IC-756 pro III.

Both radio ran 100 watts.


The airwaves were crowed with Winter Field Day, Montana QSO Party, and WW1USA events.


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