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) and hope to have at least two (2) stations on the air at the same time. Operating hours will be determined by access to the museum and the number of volunteers we have available to us.
USS Tennessee QSL Cards
USS Tennessee QSL card requests should be mailed to:
Big South Fork Amateur Radio Club
ATTN: QSL Manager
PO Box 5029
Oneida, TN 37841-5029
Need help? email us at W4BSF at BSFARC.ORG
All requests must be received prior to July 31, 2023 and include a self-addressed and stamped envelope (SASE). No need to send us your QSL card. USS Tennessee QSL cards will be mailed out in August 2023.
See below for additional information if you want a certiciate for contact more than 15 ships (this is NOT through our club)
Museum Ship Weekend Event
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 directly to the event coordinator (Not the BIg South South Fork Amateur Radio Club) and as an activator we submit our log as well. Our logs will also be uploaded to QRZ and LoTW in late June. The NJBB 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. Working the same ship on different frequencies or different modes DOES NOT count as two (2) ships. Working a ship not listed on their web site will not count. It should be noted that certificates are typically mailed by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station in the October/November time frame.
At a minimum, a list of the ships worked, the ship names, their call signs, date, and time of QSO in UTC. See the Museum Ship Weekend coordinator’s web site at https://www.nj2bb.org/ for more information and how to request a certificate. We would like to thank the members of the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station for their continued effort to make this event possible.
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.
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: