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The American Legion takes to Airwaves with a Salute to Veterans:

from Marty Martines , W9WMJ on October 3, 2017
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The American Legion takes to Airwaves with a Salute to Veterans:

INDIANAPOLIS -- Legionnaires will honor their fellow veterans in a special on-the-air amateur radio tribute on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017.

Members of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) will operate on the short wave bands starting at 1:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. EST, using the American Radio Relay League-authorized radio call sign N9V. Any ham radio operators who contact the station are eligible to receive a commemorative certificate to document their participation.

"The purpose of this special event is to underscore the importance of Veterans Day via the amateur radio community. It's an opportunity to salute the men and women who have served our country honorably in uniform. And it's a time to remember the contributions of so many military personnel who served as radio technicians, engineers and members of MARS (Military Affiliate Radio System), who in the 'non-digital' age, phone-patched soldiers' and sailors' messages from war zones, at sea, and from other overseas locations to loved ones back home,” said Marty Justis, call sign W9WMJ, president of TALARC. "Were it not for the MARS members and radio amateurs who relayed messages in the pre-Internet and pre-email days, hearing the voice of family and friends back home would often have been impossible."

“While the Internet has changed all that now, amateur radio today still assists communities in many ways, primarily serving as the quickest and most effective means of communications ‘when all else fails'," Justis says. “Today, The American Legion Amateur Radio Club has more than 3,200 members across the country who are committed to emergency preparedness as well as to promoting the fun, hobby, art and science of amateur radio to young and old alike.”

There are nearly 745,000 federally licensed amateur (ham) radio operators in the United States adding to the world-wide total of 2.6 million. Any ham operator may contact the TALARC headquarters station and receive a commemorative certificate.

Free membership in The American Legion Amateur Radio Club is available to all Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensed Legionnaires, members of the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion. More about TALARC is at the website www.legion.org/hamradio. Click the “Join TALARC" button to become a member, or click on the many resource tabs to find out how to obtain an amateur radio license.

Ham radio operators wishing to contact Special Event Station N9V should tune to 40m, 7.225 MHz (+/- 5 KHz) LSB; or to 20m, 14.275 MHz (+/- 5 KHz) USB; or to 2m, K9DC 147.315 Repeater at Indianapolis; or, IRLP Node 9735; or, to EchoLink *CROSSRDS* Conference node. All operations will be conducted on Saturday, November 11, between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

To receive a certificate after working N9V, send your name, address, call sign, and a 9x12-inch self-addressed stamped envelope to The American Legion Amateur Radio Club, c/o The American Legion, 700 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

“Anyone who has a shortwave radio is welcome to listen in, send us a short report of who they heard in at least two contacts, and send in their certificate request,” Justis said. “It’s a great way to learn more about amateur radio, about The American Legion and its Amateur Radio Club, and about one more way to honor America's veterans.”

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The American Legion takes to Airwaves with a Salute to Veter  
by K7FU on October 3, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
No CW?
 
RE: The American Legion takes to Airwaves with a Salute to V  
by W9WMJ on October 4, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Thank you for the question. CW, as part of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club’s Special Event operations is a subject the club leadership has considered. And it is something that may come to be in the future. When that occurs we will be looking for help in the form of control stations around the nation. For those with an interest in participating, know that when that time comes, TALARC will let our membership — and all Amateurs— know it and you’ll probably see it right here on eHam.net. 73, W9WMJ
 
The American Legion takes to Airwaves with a Salute to Veter  
by KA2LIM on October 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
November 11, 2017 is next Wednesday, Saturday is 14 November 2017. So, which day is event being held on ?
 
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