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Saint Maximilian Kolbe Radio Net

3814 kHz Sundays at 2400Z


St. Maximilian Kolbe







SP3RN radio shack







St. Maximilian founded the

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Saint Maximilian Kolbe Net

NetControl is W1HGY with K3QNT as alternate.

Dr. Ted Figlock - W1HGY of Taunton, MA -  and Lloyd Roach - K3QNT of Bedford, PA -  founded the net in 1997 to commemorate the life and martyrdom of Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe – SP3RN.  

Father Kolbe was a Franciscan Priest who founded Niepokalanow (City of Mary), a large monastery in Poland dedicated to communications.  Fr. Kolbe and his Franciscan brothers published dozens of weekly and monthly periodicals to promote the Roman Catholic faith and devotion to the Blessed Mother in particular.  At one point in the late 1930s, circulation exceeded one million copies monthly, making Niepokalanow the largest publisher in Poland. 

Fr. Kolbe was a Ph.D. level philosopher and trained physicist.  In addition to his print operations, he built a religious short-wave radio station in 1938 with the call sign of SP3RN.  It is believed that his amateur radio operations were extended also to his monastery in Nagasaki, Japan.

On 26 May 1941 Fr. Kolbe's monastery was shut down by the Nazi SS.  Fr. Kolbe was arrested and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was assigned Prisoner #16670.  In July of 1941, ten prisoners were condemned to death because of an escape attempt from the camp.  Among the condemned was Francizek Gajowniczek, a Polish Sergeant.    Kolbe stepped out of line and offered his life in place of Gajowniczek's.  The Nazi commandant accepted the exchange and sent Kolbe to a camp starvation bunker where he was deprived of food and water for nearly two weeks.  Maximilian Kolbe died on 14 August 1941, hence our operating frequency of 3814 khz.  

Maximilian Kolbe was canonized by Pope John Paul II on 10 October 1982.  He is considered the patron saint of the addicted and of amateur radio operators.   The National Shrine of Saint Maximilian Kolbe (http://www.marytown.com) is located in Marytown, IL, in suburban Chicago.  Among the many sites with more information isniepokalanow.eu

Plans are underway to extend our net operations to 20 and 10 meters to attract DX interest in the net.


Regular check-ins to the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Net: 

K1IDM        DON        PLAINVILLE, CT

K1NOB        PAUL        HUDSON, NH

W1HGY        TED        TAUNTON MA




W1WH        BILL        MILFORD. MA


W2GBY        DAVE        CLARENCE, NY

WA2MER        JIM        VERNON, NJ




Occasional check ins:

AA2HA        JIM        MILFORD, MA

AC3IE         TOM       CLIFTON PARK, NY

K1MRC        JOE        TAUNTON, MA

K3JPP          BOB         VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

K3NUI          JOHN       BROOMALL, PA

N3AEA          RON        BALTIMORE, MD

N2NYT          JOHN       SOMERSET, NJ



WB3ALF        JIM            WEST CHESTER, PA

WB2ZTA        DAVE         BUFFALO, NY


W2YBP          JIMMY        WARETOWN, NJ


To learn more about the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Net, contact Lloyd at k3qnt@arrl.net



San Maximiliano María Kolbe (SP3RN.)

(Rajmund Kolbe; Zdunska Wola, 1894-Auschwitz, 1941) Franciscano polaco.

Dedicado al periodismo católico y radioaficionado con licencia. SP3RN.

Fue arrestado por la Gestapo en 1941 y se ofreció en lugar de un compatriota polaco, casado y padre de familia, condenado al búnker del hambre.

Juan Pablo II le canonizó el 10 de octubre de 1982.

Churchil St. Maximilian Kolbe in Valencia -Spain.

Iglesia de San Maximiliano Kolbe en Valencia - España.

SP3RN shack

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