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Battleship Iowa Turns 75 on February 22, 2018!

In support of the Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) 501(c)3, which operates and maintains the Battleship IOWA, the Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association (BIARA) will be celebrating the Iowa’s 75th anniversary with a special year-long operating event and fund raiser. The event will run from 22 February 2018 through 21 February 2019.

Please use the PayPal link below to make your tax deductible donation to the PBC. Make sure you include your call sign on the “comment” line and your mailing address where requested. To give volunteers time for processing, please allow 6 to 8 weeks for fulfillment of your perk.

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$5 nets a collectible tri-fold full color QSL
$15 nets the above QSL and a 3″ BIARA patch
$25 nets the above QSL, a 3″ BIARA patch, and a custom designed limited edition 1.5″ challenge coin

(These will only be available through this fundraiser and only while supplies last)

The Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association (BIARA) is an association of radio amateurs whose purpose is the support of radio activities on, or associated with, the Battleship Iowa. The operation of the Battleship Iowa is under the control of the Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), a 501(c)3 non-profit California corporation. BIARA is a social and recreational non-profit 501(c)7 California corporation. All BIARA full members who engage in amateur radio activities aboard the Battleship Iowa are required to be accepted and registered as volunteers of the PBC and to abide by all volunteer guidelines and directives as may be established by the PBC.

BIARA acts as the representative of the Battleship Iowa and the Pacific Battleship Center within the amateur radio community; in this role, BIARA promotes the Battleship Iowa and the Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), the interests and advancement of amateur radio, coordinates the activities of the associates in providing public service and provide the opportunity and facilities for the gathering and others interested in the hobby.

BIARA operates its station under license NI6BB from the communications center on IOWA promoting the PBC, the Battleship IOWA and amateur radio in general. We appreciate your contacting us and helping us in our mission.

BIARA Associate Membership Application Form

BIARA does not solicit donations for its operation. Persons wishing to make tax deductible donations are encouraged to do so to the PBC as our host. The PBC is dependent on grants, donations, ticket sales and event income to maintain and enhance the battleship. Your help for the greater good is appreciated.

To become a Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) volunteer, click here then click the Sign Up Today! link.


Main station. Primary use is phone, secondary is data, tertiary is cw. Uses Discone-cage antenna on bow.


Discone-cage antenna on bow. Two antennas, each with a separate feed point, combined in one structure.  Higher bands use the discone, with the radial elements at the top as the disc and the upper section of the cage as the cone; feed point is the gap between the disc and the apex of the cone. The lower bands, fed from the bottom, use the entire cage section.


Second station. Primary use is cw, secondary is phone, tertiary is data. Uses Trussed Monopole antenna aft.


The second station uses this Trussed Monopole. Mounted above the Aviation Service Center on the aft deck, this antenna covers 10-30 MHz. The red base identifies this as a transmitting antenna (blue bases denote receiving antennas). The nonskid deck in foreground is for the flight operations area. Three hooded signal lamps are along the aft edge of the hut roof. At left is the No.3 16-inch gun turret.