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PLEASE GO TO www.n4wis.org FOR COMPLETE CLUB INFORMATION including photos and animations.

The USS Wisconsin Radio Club was established June 10, 2000, one of the stated purposes of the club is set forth in our constitution: "to install and operate... a licensed amateur radio station aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin or at Nauticus Maritime Center... to publicize the presence of the great warship in our historic seaport."

We enjoyed a warm welcome from Nauticus National Maritime Center and held our first special event operation starting on Pearl Harbor Day, 2000, when the USS Wisconsin arrived at her new home in Norfolk.

The battleship Wisconsin (BB-64), one of the famous Iowa-class ships was launched on December 7, 1943 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and commissioned on April 16, 1944. The warship reported for duty in the Pacific with the 3rd Fleet when the liberation of the Phillipine Islands was underway.

Wisconsin helped neutralize Japanese sea, air and ground forces occupying the islands. BB-64 was reassigned to the 5th Fleet in February 1945 and supported the landings on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The battleship's World War II career concluded with the transport of war-weary GI's back to the US.

Wisconsin entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in 1948, only to be recommissioned in March 1951 for the Korean War. She steamed to the Pacific and assumed her station as flagship for the US 7th Fleet. The Battleship provided gunfire support for American, Korean and other United Nations Troops on the Korean Peninsula until relieved in April 1952.

Wisconsin embarked on a series of training missions in ensuing years. She once again entered the inactive fleet in 1958, where she remained until 1988, when she was reactivated The ship carried new Tomohawk and Harpoon missiles in addition to her 16-inch guns when she steamed to the Persian Gulf in 1990 for Operation Desert Storm. After effective use of missles and high explosives in the desert conflict, the battleship returned home to be decommissioned for the third time in September 1991. Wisconsin remains in the Inactive Fleet, reserved for national emergencies. She is permanently berthed at Norfolk's Nauticus National Maritime Center.

Length: 887 feet, 3 inches Beam: 108 feet, 2 Inches Draft: 37 feet, 9 inches Displacement: 57,500 tons Armament: Nine 16-inch/50 caliber guns, twelve 5-inch/38 caliber guns 32 armored Tomohawk missile launchers, 16 Harpoon missile launchers and four Phalanx CIWS

USS Wisconsin Radio Club first operated from the Nauticus Maritime Center from Dec 7- Dec 10, 2000 to welcome USS Wisconsin (BB-64) to her new home in Norfolk, VA.

BB-64 is now owned and operated by the City of Norfolk, VA and access is via Nauticus National Maritime Center located adjacent to the ship. Access to most of the ship is still restricted but there is full access to the decks and a guided tour for some of the interior is available.

N4WIS is active for "Museum Ships on the Air" weekend and other special events several times a year (see our web site www.n4wis.org) . Our station is located  on the 03 level aft of the bridge with 2 transceivers. One antenna is a ships 35 foot whip on the port side aft and the other is a Carolina Windom 80 from the yard arm forward to the top of 16" gun turret #2.

We are in the process of setting up a working WWII radio station in our 03 level space. Donations appreciated.

USS Wisconsin facts provided courtesy of Hampton Roads Naval Museum.

W8RJL, Club Pres.

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