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QSL route:    USS KIDD Amateur Radio Club

                     305 S. River Road

                     Baton Rouge, LA 70802       

                    

After your QSO with The Pirate of the Pacific, send your card and business-sized, SASE to the address above for a  picture QSL and a brochure describing the ship.

The USS KIDD Amateur Radio Club is an adjunct of the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club. We maintain a permanent amateur radio station on board the USS KIDD, DD-661, a restored World War II Fletcher class destroyer. The station is in the aft radar jamming compartment on the 01 deck. Casual operations may occur whenever club members come aboard. Special scheduled operating events are listed below. We run a Yaesu FT-450D, 100 W to a random wire, 150 ft. long in the ship's rigging. Much of this antenna is the ship's original HF wire antenna.

Authentically restored,the USS KIDD is the only ship now on exhibit in her wartime camouflage paint, "Measure 22," used for the invasion of Japan. The KIDD was launched in February 1943. Her missions in WWII brought her to Wake Island, Rabaul, the Gilbert and Marshall Islands and landings on Bouganville, Aitapr, Hollandia and Guam.

The KIDD was part of an air defense screen on Okinawa on April 11, 1945, attempting to cope with furious Kamikaze attacks. A lone ememy plane penetrated the outer air defenses and despite being hit, crashed into the KIDD, killing 38 crewmen and wounding 55.

  Actual photo of Kamikaze decesending on USS KIDD.

The ship is berthed in the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For great pictures and history of the USS KIDD check out the websites below.

www.usskidd.com  and www.w5kid.org

2017 Operating Events:

Monday - Friday  9:30am - 3:30pm CT (1530Z - 2130Z),  Sat & Sun  10am - 4pm CT (1600Z - 2200Z) 

SSB, 14.240, 7.240 MHz and CW, 14.060 and 7.060 MHz.

Vietnam Veterans Day                          Wednesday, 29 March

Armed Forces Day                               Saturday, 20 May              

Memorial Day                                       Monday, 29 May

Museum Ships on the Air Weekend     Saturday & Sunday, 3 & 4 June

Independence Day Observance           Tuesday, 4 July

Veteran's Day                                       Saturday, 11 November 

Pearl Harbor Day                                 Friday, 7 December  -  anniversary of death of Rear Admiral Isaac

                                                                  Kidd, Medal of Honor recipient, for whom USS KIDD is named.

 

W5KID station located in the aft Radar Jamming Room

 

Ken, W5KQ operating and Robin, KK5RH logging on Memorial Day Weekend, 2015

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