Amateur radio operators from the Montrose Amateur Radio Club and the American Legion Amateur Radio Club Post 73 are participating in the upcoming Museum Ships Weekend amateur radio event by putting the USS Montrose Memorial on the air. Members of both clubs will operate an amateur radio station from near the memorial on South First Street, Montrose on June 2 and 3, 2018 as part of the world wide event sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station.
The event encourages ham radio operators around the world to contact as many of the participating museum ships as possible, learn the history of the ships contacted, and commemorate both the ships and those who served upon them. There are currently 88 ships from 7 countries participating in the event.
The USS Montrose Memorial consisting of the ship’s bell and an interpretative plaque is located adjacent to the Montrose City Hall. The amateur radio station will be located across the street from the memorial and just west of the Montrose Police Department.
While the station will continue to operate during the night, the public is encourage to visit the station during the day Saturday and Sunday. There will be an opportunity to learn about the USS Montrose, its history of service during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and to see amateur radio in operation.
For additional information contact Lew French, 970-417-6142,, visit www.nj2bb.org/museum, or visit the Montrose Amateur Radio Club on Facebook.
Here is a tentative schedule:
Friday June 1 1500 hrs Begin set up of antennas and club camp trailer.
1800 hrs Begin operating
2200 hrs Shut down for the night.
Saturday June 2 0600 hrs Begin operating
0700 hrs Begin set up of awning and display table
1700 hrs Shut down display area
2200 hrs Shut down for the night
Sunday June 3 0600 hrs Begin operating
1000 hrs Set up awning and display area
1600 hrs Tear down awning and display area
1800 hrs Stop operating, complete tear down, leave the site