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"Route 66 on the Air!" 2017, September 09 0000Z through September 17 2359Z

The Northern Arizona DX Association (NADXA) is offering three new QSL cards for 2017: W6T, W6G, and W6S.  This year, the K2 Amateur Radio Society and Hualapai Amateur Radio Club are also offering a new card for W6F.  All of them can be lined up side by side to make a complete map of Route 66 in Arizona.  Be sure to get all four!  NB: Each of these stations has a different QSL manager.  Check qrz.com for each station or the special event web site http://w6jbt.org/.

QSL information for W6G RT66OTA: Send all QSL requests to the above address.  All U.S. requests must include an SASE or a minimum $2 donation.  All non-U.S. requests require $2 USD and an SAE.  No IRCs, please.

A brief history of the RT 66 on the Air event

In 2000, NADXA wanted to create a fun and exciting special event centered around our Flagstaff location.  We considered putting together a Grand Canyon special event, but we eventually settled on something more close to home: Route 66, which runs right through Flagstaff.  We then decided to ask other clubs from each of the cities mentioned in Bobby Troup's song "Get your kicks on Route 66" to participate. They could join us and get special 1X1 call signs.  The first year was a great success, netting about 14000 QSOs, so we decided to make "Route 66 on the Air!" an annual event.

The first year of the special event went over so well that it was almost impossible for our dozen members to handle all those QSL and certificate requests, but we did!  The 2001 installment of "Route 66 on the Air!" corresponded with the 75th Anniversary of Route 66.  The 9/11 tragedy happened during out event.  We had considered cancelation but decided to go ahead anyway, showing the world that terrorists were not going to change our way of life.

After 2001, we asked one of the other larger clubs already involved in our special event, the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club, to take over as it had become too large for our small club.  Over the years, the number of participating clubs has become more than 20, and each year the clubs make between 40000 and 50000 QSOs combined.  We look forward to participating in the special event again this year, serving the amateur radio community and the memory of the mother road, Route 66.

Communications Guidelines

  • If you hear a special event station using a band and/or mode that you haven't worked before, by all means try to work it.
  • If you hear a special even station using a band and/or mode that you have worked before:
    • ​If there is a pile up, give other hams a chance and wait for another time to work it.
    • If the station is receiving very few calls and the previous QSO was a day or more ago feel free to work it again, I'm sure that the station would appreciate the attention.
Bob Wertz, NF7E
President, Northern Arizona DX Association






W6G Route 66 QSL Manager

For many years we have used the W6G call during the annual Route 66 September event.

Jack Lunsford

P O Box 3840







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