Get Your Kicks on Route 66 on the Air 2020

The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club, W6JBT, will host its annual Route 66 on the Air special event from Saturday, September 12 through Sunday, September 20. For the duration of the event, radio clubs using special 1×1 call signs will operate from locations along “the Mother Road.” The western-most station will be W6A in Santa Monica, run by the Westside Amateur Radio Club. The eastern-most station will be W6U in Wilmington, Illinois run by the Wilmington Area ARC.

South Pasadena is proud of its connection to Route 66, so this event is an exciting combination of radio and local history.

Route 66 stencil event on Fair Oaks Avenue in March, 2017. Photo credit: South Pasadena Review

According to the CBARC website, participating stations are likely to be found in the vicinity of the following frequencies:

Hz

80M

40M

30M

20M

17M

15M

12M

10M

6M

CW

3.533

7.033

10.110

14.033

18.080

21.033

24.900

28.033

50.033

SSB

3.866

7.266

N/A

14.266

18.164

21.366

24.966

28.466

50.166

DIGI.

3.573

7.074

10.136

14.074

18.100

21.074

24.915

28.074

N/A

ALL frequencies shown above can be +/-  due to QRM and other in use conditions

CBARC states that this is the twenty-first year of the event.

Originally started by the Northern Arizona DX Association, it was a way to allow amateur radio operators a fun way to “Relive the Ride.” They also can relive their own memories of Route 66, and get to celebrate the highway’s rich history in making the U.S. what it is today.

Full information is available from CBARC on their site. And for some added inspiration to get on the air, take a look at the Westside ARC’s archive of Route 66 QSL cards.

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