Volunteers Needed!

Museum Ship Weekend – 2023 
June 3-4th – USS Tennessee Museum

The Big South Fork Amateur Radio Club is supporting a special event station honoring the memory of those who served aboard the USS Tennessee Battleship BB43.

W4BSF on the air!

The Big South Fork Amateur Radio Club has been approved by both the event coordinator and the museum to activate a special event station for the Museum Ship Weekend. We will be operating under our club call sign of W4BSF on both 20- and 40-meters with spotting via DX Summit’s web site. Our station will be focused on SSB (phone/voice) but we may also have a digital presence as well. Operating hours will be determined by access to the museum and the number of volunteers we have available to us. 

QSL Cards

QSL card requests should be mailed to:

Big South Fork Amateur Radio Club

ATTN: QSL Manager

PO Box 5029

Oneida, TN 37841-5029

All requests must be received prior to July 31, 2023 and include a self-addressed and stamped envelope (SASE). Cards will be mailed out in August 2023.

About the Museum

The USS Tennessee BB43 Museum is located on the campus of Scott High School in Oneida Tennessee. The museum has a large collection of WWII memorabilia in addition to the largest collection of USS Tennessee artifacts from the actual ship. What makes the museum even more unique is that it is operated and maintained by Scott High students. The museum complex was built by vocational students who did the framing, installed plumbing/electrical, finished the interior and installed the roof. Other students researched the artifacts and created the informational displays throughout the museum.

Museum Ship Weekend

The Museum Ship Weekend in 2022 had 89 ships participating in the event. Stations making contact with at least 15 different ships/stations that are approved for the event (we are an approved station) receive a certificate. Stations will submit their logs to the event coordinator and as an activator we submit our log as well. The event coordinator will then do the matching process and eliminate any duplicate contacts (even if a different frequency or mode). Only one contact per ship is credited towards their certificate. It should be noted that certificates are typically mailed by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station in the October/November time frame. We would like to thank the members of the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station for their continued effort to make this event possible.

To learn even more and take a virtual tour of the museum please check out their web site with the external link below:

The entire weekend is coordinated by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (BNJARS) and they are an ARRL affiliated club like us. For more information check out their web site with the external link below:

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