"THE YEAR OF PLUTO" AMATEUR RADIO SPECIAL EVENT------DEC 5 THRU DEC 13, 2015
Any station who contacts W7P will be eligible for a beautiful glossy commemorative certificate printed on heavy card stock that features a New Horizons image of Pluto, pictures of Lowell telescopes, a brief history of Pluto's discovery, and a description of the New Horizons communication system. A QSL card will be included with each certificate request. The certificate is available for $5 for USA addresses and $7 for DX addresses. Single QSL card requests require an SASE or a minimum $2 donation for both USA and DX addresses. We will NOT be giving out band endorsements! QSLs & Certificates will be mailed after Jan 15, 2016
In 1930, astromoner Clyde Tombaugh, discovered Pluto using a telescope at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. He used a blink comparator to compare the different photos of the same section of the sky, several nights apart.
With the recent fly-by of Pluto by the New Horizon space-craft and the 85th anniversary of the discovery, Lowell Observatory is celebrating with "The year of Pluto"event.
Our club, The Northern Arizona DX Association, is joining in with an amateur radio special event centered around the discovery and, fly-by of Pluto. We will be operating from "Inside the Pluto discovery telescope dome" and our home QTHs from December 5th through December 13th as W7P.
Our club created the ROUTE 66 ON THE AIR special event back in the year 2000. This has become a very successful amateur radio event. After two years of hosting the event, it became way to large for our small club, so our friends at the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club, stepped in and have been hosting it ever since then.
A few years ago as we were working the event from Flagstaff,(as W6G), a Ham radio operator contacted us and mentioned he use to have relatives in Flagstaff and wondered if we recognized the name Tombaugh? "You mean like in Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto?" Yes, was the reply, he was my Uncle!! That was Doug Tombaugh, N3PDT. After we decided to celebrate the Year of Pluto, with a special event, we contacted Doug again, and invited him to join us during the event as a guest operator and he agreed . He will be at the event for 3 of the 9 days, December 6,7,& 8th.
Please see our club website at www.nadxa.com for more information on the event!
So, give us a call and work our special event! Again we will NOT be giving band endorsements but would appreciate a contact!
Bob Wertz, NF7E
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