17 Years of Route 66 On The Air - 2016
Special Commemorative Event for "The Mother Road"
September 10 - 18, 2016
QSL INFO -
I moved - New Address for QSL card requests starting November 2016
Northern Arizona DX Association
% Ron Gerlak, KG7OH
2950 N 154 Dr
Goodyear, AZ 85395
ALL USA QSL requests MUST include a pre-stamped and self-addressed envelope or send a minimum of $2 donation (No IRCs) to NADXA at the address above and we will provide the stamp, envelope and QSL.
ALL DX QSL requests MUST include a self-addressed envelope and $2.00 US (No IRCs).
QSL information for all Route 66 OTA stations along the route can be found at the following link;
NADXA Northern Arizona DX Association
The W6T station operates as an affiliate of the Northern Arizona DX Association (NADXA) of Flagstaff, Arizona. The other affiliated NADXA stations are W6G and W6S. Collect all three cards from NADXA and display them as as a map of the area we cover.
NADXA STATION LOCATIONS
From September 10 - 14 the W6T station will be operated on a stretch of Old Rt 66 in Bellemont, AZ at the Pine Breeze Motel. This is where the famous "No Vacancy" scene in the 1969 movie Easy Rider was filmed. The motel is closed but the Pine Breeze Inn RV Park is open all year. http://www.pinebreezeinnrvpark.com. We will be there Sept 10 - 14 and plan to operate from 08:00 to 20:00 local time each day. Locate us on Google Earth at latitude 35.224, longitude -111.801 (DM45bf). If you would like to operate this station please contact Ron at 480-356-3663 or at email@example.com to schedule a time or just show up and take your chances. Directions: Take Interstate 40 to exit 185. Go south on Transwestern Road to the first intersection and go left (east toward Flagstaff), Travel down this section of old Route 66 past the Harley Davidson shop and the Camping World site for a total of 1.4 miles from the overpass. The NADXA club trailer with the triband beam will be right there by the abandond gas station seen in the movie.
From September 15 - 18 the W6T station will be operated from the bridge built in 1924 in Winona Arizona on a stretch on highway that became Route 66 when it was commissioned in 1926. WHERE TECHNOLOGY MEETS NOSTALGIA - We will tune up using the abandoned Route 66 Walnut Canyon Bridge as our antenna ( shunt feed designed by Jack, KD7RCJ). for this period of time. Locate us on Google Earth at latitude 35.2118, longitude -111.4213 (DM45gf). If you would like to operate this station please contact Ron at 480-356-3663 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time or just show up and take your chances. Directions: Take Interstate 40 to exit 211. Go north, then curving to the west, for just over one mile. We will be set up in the NADXA club trailer at the abandond bridge on the right (north side of the road.)
The W6G station will be operating from various locations in and near Flagstaff, AZ and W6S will be roaming around Arizona on Old Route 66 east of Flagstaff.
The Route 66 On The Air Special Event participating stations are likely to be found somewhere in the vicinity of the following frequencies.
80M 40M 30M 20M 17M 15M 12M 10M 6M
CW 3.533 7.033 10.110 14.033 18.080 21.033 24.900 28.033 50.033
SSB 3.866 7.266 N/A 14.266 18.164 21.366 24.966 28.466 50.166
DIGITAL 3.580 7.070 10.140 14.070 18.100 21.070 24.920 28.120 N/A
ALL frequencies shown can be +/- due to QRM and other in use conditions
W6T likely operating frequencies depending on band conditions.
Route 66 on the Air was born on September 9, 2000 at 0000Z by NADXA. There were over 14,000 QSOs that year and it has been growing ever since. It is now coordinated by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club located in San Bernardino, CA. See there web site for additional information at w6jbt.org or read the original article "Get Your QSOs on Route 66!" written be Nicholas M. Elias, N3AIU and published by QST magazine May 2001.
This will be our 17th year working the Annual Rt 66 On The Air Special Event
Our club, the Northern Arizona DX Association, wanted to create a fun, exciting special event centered around our Flagstaff location, keeping us all "radioactive". We considered putting together a special event centered around the Grand Canyon, but that would have meant we would have had to operate from that area 70 miles north of Flagstaff, so one of our members said why not put RT 66 on the air? That runs right through Flagstaff and we could do that right from out own homes!! That sounded great!! Then we decided to see if we could line up Hams in each of the cities mentioned in Bobby Troup's song "Get your kicks on Route 66" to participate. They could join us and we could all get special 1X1 call signs for the event. We were able to do that and the special event was started!! That first year the entire event went well and we generated about 14,000 QSOs for the entire event. The event went over so well, that it was almost impossible for our dozen members to handle all those QSL AND certificate request, but we did!! From the beginning, our goal was to see if there was enough interest worldwide in RT 66 with that trial run of the event in 2000, and if so, prepare for the "75th" Anniversary (2001) of Route 66 with a big push of the Route 66 on the Air Special Event. That year our event was pre-scheduled for the time period that happened to include "SEPT 11TH" ! When Sept 11 tragedy happened, we had considered not going ahead with the event but decided to go ahead with it showing the world they were not going to stop us in our tracks or change our way of life as a tribute to those we lost!
After that year, we asked for help from one of the other larger clubs already involved in our special event to take over as it was just way to large an event for our small club. Enter "Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club". The rest is history!!! I believe, last year(2015) the event created over 40,000 QSO's and 100 countries chasing RT 66 on the Air. A big THANK YOU to the Citrus Belt ARC for carrying on the event with such professionalism!!!
Bob Wertz, NF7E, President, Northern Arizona DX Association
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