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Museum Ship Weekend June 1-2, 2024
Once again, The USS Tennessee BB43 museum will be on the air as a special event station. This fun event allows us the opportunity to honor those who served on the ship and to promote the museum.
We are in the planning stages for this very special event and could use your help. Looking for volunteers to help hospitality, logging contacts on a computer and for radio operators. No license required as we will have control operators to help you get on the air.
In 2023 there were 102 ships/museums that activated for the special weekend event. We were able to make about 1200 contacts from amateur radio operators from around the world. Over 200 QSL cards were requested last year, and we hope to have even more requests this year. The USS Tennessee BB43 battleship museum will be on the air with multiple stations and multiple operators. We will focus on SSB but may have a FT8 digital and CW presence as well.
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 01, 2024, 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 June and July 2024.
See below for additional information if you want a certificate for contact more than 15 ships (this is NOT through our club)
Museum Ship Weekend 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.
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: