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World War 1 started in 1914, 100 years ago, and continued for the next five years. Hams in the Kansas City area are remembering with Special Event station WW1USA from the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. The hams have chosen several specific events to honor each year by setting up a Field Day style station and operating for the weekend around each event from the Museum grounds.
The first was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which led to the start of the war. The 100th anniversary of that event coincided with Field Day 2014, and became the ham's inaugural event of the operation. The next is coming December 27-28, remembering The Christmas Truce, an unusual and spontaneous joint celebration of the holiday by erstwhile enemies on the front lines on the first Christmas of the war.
In this episode, two of the hams who have helped organize the Special Event, Randy Schulze KDØHKD and Herb Fiddick NZØF, tell Gary how it got started and how it's going.
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