Battleship IOWA Amateur Radio Association’s NI6BB will be on the air on December 28, 2021 from 1600 to 2359 UTC to commemorate Iowa’s statehood in 1846.
Anticipated frequencies will be 7043, 7243. 10121, 14043, 14243, 18080 or 18143 all depending on operator participation and conditions.
QSL to address as shown at www.biara.org.
With operating authorization from the Navy’s 3rd Fleet Spectrum Manager, Battleship IOWA Amateur Radio Association, Inc. and the IOWA’s Innovation and Engineering Team will activate the ship’s legacy Navy call sign, NEPM, on December 7, 2021 in memory of Pearl Harbor Day. Operation will be from 1600 to 2359 UTC.
NEPM will TRANSMIT on 14781.5 KHz using J3E USB and listen on 14343.0 KHz J3E USB. Amateurs are reminded that they may NOT transmit on 14781.5 KHz. If there is traffic on 14343.0 KHz, the NEPM operator will advise of an alternate frequency where he is listening.
Please visit BIARA’s website at https://biara.org for QSL procedures and more information about radio operations aboard the Battleship IOWA soon to be the home of the National Museum of the Surface Navy.
Nick England, K4NYW, a Life Member and Benefactor of BIARA will visit the Battleship IOWA on August 1 at 1000. Nick is an avid Navy communications historian and manages a web site http://www.navy-radio.com to record both his extensive collection of restored naval communications equipment along with historical vintage photos.
A licensed ham since 1961, Nick started out restoring old amateur radio gear, http://www.virhistory.com/ham/index.html and became interested in accumulating and documenting naval communications equipment in 2007.