Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pony Express Special Event Sunday

The Crown Amateur Radio Association will be operating a Pony Express Special Event Station this Sunday, August 31, 2014. From 9:30 a. m. to 4 p. m. CDT, we will be operating from the grounds of the Historic Hollenberg Pony Express Station 1 mile east of Hanover, KS.

KØASA will operate as an 1860s-style Telegraph Office during the annual Hollenberg Pony Express Station Festival. Frequencies: 7.045, 14.045, 14.245 & 18.085 MHz. We plan to be operating on 40m at 11 am and 2 pm CDT as well as at other unscheduled times. The 14.245 is for SSB contacts!

Certificate awarded and QSL available.

Operated by the Kansas State Historical Society, this Pony Express Station is thought to be the only Pony Express station in the nation that has been preserved and left on the original location. The festival includes early-American exhibits and activities. Contact KØASA on the air or stop by and visit.

Photos and text taken from their website, read MORE here -> ARRL Midwest Pony Express

Notes from last years event...
Even if the HF propagation had been a disaster, our Pony Express Special Event Station would have been a success. As it turns out, propagation on August 26 was not all the good—yet not really a disaster either. We worked only about 20 stations on 40 m and 20 m CW—but perhaps more importantly we worked several hundred festival visitors, face to face.

One of the neat things about the Hollenberg Pony Express Station Festival is the impressive number of visitors that stop by our amateur radio station display, which is disguised to look like an 1860’s telegraph office. Our “Telegraph Office” blends into the old-west theme of the Festival. Many of the visitors live in this very rural area of Kansas; others have traveled 100+ miles to be here; and at least one visitor this year was from France. It is a day long festival depicting early American life at this Kansas historic site. 2007 was the eighth year that our Telegraph Office/ham station was part of the festival.

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