Philadelphia area Hams celebrate 4th July holiday with 13 Colonies Special Event

Amateur radio stations operating from the 13 original U.S. colonies will be joined by members of several Philadelphia area amateur radio clubs to celebrate Independence Day from the city where independence was declared, Philadelphia, PA.

The six day event, 1-6 July 2014, allows amateur radio operators around the world to learn about the original 13 colonies and the city where Independence began. This will be the fourth year members of the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club (HARC) will be participating. Also participating will be members of the Philmont Mobile, Drexel University, and University of Pennsylvania Amateur Radio Clubs. Joining for the first time will be members of the Philadelphia Digital Radio Association.

The theme for the 2014 event is the Colonial Currency. Each of the original 13 colonies will be represented by a special event amateur radio station, K2A-K2M. The Philadelphia group, using the call WM3PEN, will offer a special QSL card featuring the First Bank of the United States. Also this year W3FT will be on from Baltimore, MD celebrating the 100th anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. In all you can collect 15 QSL cards during the 6 day event and earn a nice certificate.

There will be several new aspects to this year’s event. QRP or low power stations will be operating from each of the 13 Colonies. Thanks to members of the Philadelphia Digital Radio Association, WM3PEN will be on D-STAR. They will be on the air from 7PM – 11PM EDT. In the Philadelphia area they will be on the K3PDR repeater. Those out of the area can connect to REF 063 D. Both operators must use a radio for the contact to be valid for the event.

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