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Author Topic: Special Event Station: Sat., August 10th - W8TNX - John Clem Day, Newark Ohio  (Read 18798 times)

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« on: July 19, 2013, 08:06:49 AM »

WHEN:    Saturday August 10, 2013  from 10am - 4pm EDST

The COOKEN ARC has been granted permission by the Licking County Historical Society, to set up and operate  W8TNX  from the famous Webb House in downtown Newark, Licking Co., Ohio.

Frequencies will be  near  7.230 khz + or -, as well as  2M frequencies of  146.88 (Newark Repeater),   or 146.55 simplex for local stations.

This annual event is in celebration of  the  amazing accomplishments of native son
Johnny  (nee Klem) Clem, the Civil War era  boy soldier, who fought in the Civil War and  grew up to become a General in the US Army.

Each station contacted during this Special Event will be assigned a contact number. A nice  self printed certificate is available for your downloading. Please see W8TNX  on for details.

1. PDF self printing certificates  confirming your August 10, 2013  2M FM or 40 meter SSB contact with our special event station W8TNX ( Licking County, Grid EN89sb)  will be available   ( by September 1st) to those operators listed.  Remember your QSO number to help find your certificate.  Find your call in the alphabetical list and click the contact number link next to it.
2. Cooken  also upload all the QSO's to LOTW for eQSL purposes. 

3. Paper QSLs are only available by sending your QSL and an sase to club QSL manager W3HKK. See for his address. 

Thanks for supporting this COOKEN special event station and our public relations endeavor.

Posts: 5

« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2013, 06:43:51 PM »

Correction:  Due to a conflict, the 146.88 repeater will be unavailable for John Clem Day.

Hence, local stations are invited to call/listen on 146.55 simplex for W8TNX,  if you are unable to work 7.230 +/-  SSB.

Posts: 5

« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2013, 04:57:42 PM »

Johnny Clem Bio:
-Born in Newark, Ohio, Clem ran away from home at age 11 to join the Union Army.
-was refused twice, but insisted on tagging along. He won over the officers and became their
  unofficial drummer boy and mascot.
-Officers of the  22nd Michigan chipped in to pay him a soldier's  pay of  $13/month.
-Clem fought with the soldiers at Chicamauga, where they were surrounded. A Confederate
 Colonel ordered  him to drop his weapon and surrender.  Clem fired, killed the
 officer,  and  escaped.
-For his bravery at Chicamauga, Clem was promoted to Sergeant, the youngest person to ever
 achieve that rank.
-After the Civil War,  President Ulysses S. Grant  appointed Clem to the rank of 2nd Lt, and
 Clem worked his way through the ranks to Brigadier General in the US Army. By special act of
 Congress he was  promoted to Major General  at his retirement.
-John Clem is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
« Last Edit: July 29, 2013, 05:00:51 PM by W3HKK » Logged

Posts: 5

« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2013, 11:39:17 PM »

Thanks to those who worked W8TNX/John Clem/The DrummerBoy of Chicamauga", and those who even referred to this post and were looking for us.

A short explanation  and apology:  we arrived on time,on site with antenna/equipment in hand, only to run into a crew/army of  lawncare professionals with multiple mowers, multiple blowers and multiple weedwackers, who were determined to do their job, which included mowing the lawns  TWICE in a cross-hatch pattern.  In fact, we had begun laying out the radials for our 4BTV when they swarmed us,  so we had to pull up stakes for about 45 minutes to avoid having a lot of little radials. 

And to those who worked us, or tried to,  ( we had reports that our audio was buried in  QRM similar to a mobile station operating with the windows down)   we had as much trouble hearing you as apparently you had hearing us, between 10-11:30am.  it wasn't unil around 11:30 that the unbelieveably loud machines departed the a rousing cheer. 

Our operating position was on an open porch surrounded by  grass, trees and walkways.  and the  very thorough  lawncare folks  mowed three adjacent properties, including our own, and even engaged in conversations with two passing cars who stopped for 10-15 minutes to chat

Thanks again  for your patience.    The  self-print  certificates should be available  within a couple of weeks  at the QRZ websites for W8TNX/ COOKEN ARC.    Real live  QSLs are also available for those  of you who choose to send yours + an SASE. 

See you next year for both our Arbor Day and J Clem SES's.

The Guys at COOKEN ARC.

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2013, 05:50:46 AM »

Anybody out there work us  last Sat?  Did you hear the background noise ( lawnmowers etc...)??
Care to comment on what you heard??
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