20th annual “Route 66 On The Air”


W6JBT, the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino

(California) is hosting the 20th annual “Route 66 On The Air” special event, September 7-15.  They want to “relive the ride” on this famous US highway,

93 years after it was built in 1926.  It was America’s “first major improved highway to link the West Coast with ‘the nation’s heartland.'”  Twenty stations will be on the air along the route, two of them rovers driving the highway, between Santa Monica, California, a beach town on the Pacific, and Chicago, Illinois, a major midwestern US city.

Here is a list of the stations:

W6A, Santa Monica, CA, the Westside ARC

W6B, Los Angeles, CA, the Westside ARC

W6C, San Bernardino, CA, the Citrus Belt ARC W6D, Victorville, CA, the Victor Valley ARC W6E, Barstow, CA, the Barstow ARC W6F, Kingman, AZ, the K2 Amateur Radio Society W6G, Flagstaff, AZ, the Northern Arizona DX Association W6H, Albuquerque, NM, the Albuquerque DX Association W6I, Amarillo, TX, the Panhandle ARC W6K, Oklahoma City, OK, “W6K Oklahoma City”

W6L, Tulsa, OK, the Tulsa ARC

W6M, Riverton, KS

W6N, Joplin, MO, the Joplin ARC

W6O, Lebanon, MO, the Lebanon ARC

W6P, St. Louis, MO, the St. Louis ARC

W6Q, Chicago, IL, the Six Meter Club of Chicago W6R, Springfield, MO, the Southwest Missouri ARC W6U, Wilmington, IL, the Wilmington Area ARC W6S and W6T, rover stations from the Northern Arizona DX Association.

These are almost the whole 26-letter alphabet of callsigns, though there does not seem to be a W6J, V, W, Y or Z.

The event stations will try to find frequencies near:

CW, 3533, 7033, 10110, 14033, 18080, 21033, 24900, 28033, 50033.

SSB, 3866, 7266, 14266, 18164, 21366, 24966, 28446, 50166.

Digital, 3573, 7074, 10136, 14074, 18100, 21074, 24915 and 28074.

In addition, any hams operating mobile on Route 66 during this time period are also encouraged to take part, saying “mobile 66” on phone or adding /m66 to their call on CW, though only the W6S and W6T official event rovers will be mentioned as endorsements on a certificate that will be available.  Some of the clubs taking part will also use their local repeaters on VHF and UHF to participate.

Participating clubs will each have their own distinctive commemorative QSLs.

http://w6jbt.org/?page_id=27 and for more info on the

certificate:  http://w6jbt.org and http://w6jbt.org/?page_id=23.