W1NAS is the new amateur radio club of the Shea Naval Aviation Museum, located in "Union Point" which is the new name of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. This radio club was formed in March of 2015 and is the 'daughter' of the K1USN Radio Club in nearby Braintree, MA.
The Shea Naval Aviation Museum was formed by veterans who had been stationed at the South Weymouth Naval Air Station after the closing of the base in 1997. The Museum is provided facilities by the developer of the former base and is currently located in the former Recreation Building on Shea Drive.
In early 2015, the Shea Naval Aviation Museum Amateur Radio Club was born after ideas of joint participation between the Museum and the K1USN Radio Club. Its first club license was obtained in March, 2015, and the current call, W1NAS, was assigned on April 10, 2015. This call is most appropriate as it represents the use of the facility for more than 55 years as a U.S. Naval Air Station, first as a blimp base, and later as the home of numerous fixed-wing and rotary-wing squadrons, hence the call Weymouth 1 Naval Air Station. Membership is open to all but only licensed amateur radio operators may operate the station.
The Museum is maintained by the ANA Patriot Squadron, which also operates and maintains the Shea Memorial Grove just up the street from the current museum location. Located in the Grove are stones honoring the numerous Medal of Honor recipients from the South Shore area, as well as an actual A-4 attack jet that had been stationed at the Naval Air Station. Membership in the Squadron is open to all who have an interest in Naval Aviation regardless of military affiliation. The Museum is open on the second and last Saturday of every month from 09:00 to noon.
Check the Museum's website for updated information of the museum, a deeper history of the Naval Air Station, and for activities of the new Radio Club at <www.anapatriotsquadron.com>. The Shea Naval Aviation Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization. QSL via W1OD with S.A.S.E.
We all had a wonderful time at the Special Event Station on Saturday, August 20th. We set up three stations; one in the Museum itself and two at the Memorial Grove where the A-4 attack jet is mounted. We commemorated the 1958 first ever flight of a U.S. Navy Blimp, the "Snow Goose", from NAS South Weymouth to the Arctic Circle while the submarine USS Nautilus, SSN 571, was deployed on "Operation Northwest Passage" crossing under the North Pole. The Tri-City ARC in Groton, CT again operated as N1S from the pier of the USS Nautilus in conjunction with W1NAS. Altogether, almost 100 contacts were made between all the SoWey stations. The band conditions on the vertical "BuddiPole" antenna at the Museum were very good. A number of hams checked in and related their experiences either in the Navy or who were actually stationed at NAS South Weymouth at one point during their service. You never know who will be on the other side of the microphone, and this was proven again this year when a former P-3 pilot wound up speaking with a former P-3 Flight Engineer, now an F.A.A. inspector. They had a good QSO and both walked away with broad smiles. Last year we had a few folks contact us who flew blimps out of SoWey which brought a lot of attention to the radio by those observing the operations. Thanks to all who volunteered to operate and set up, and especially to those who answered the CQ calls. Please QSL via W1OD and enclose a S.A.S.E. We will QSL 100%.
More information about K1USN may be found at <www.k1usn.com>.
73 for now!
Trustee for W1NAS
THE FORMER SHEA FITNESS CENTER, HOME OF THE SHEA NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM (on left side of the building).
Images from the W1NAS/K1USN Special Event Stations on 08 AUG 2015
K1USN Tent setup at the Memorial Grove
Mike, WA1MB, operating as K1USN
Rick, KB1TEE, (seated) operates while Mike, WA1MB, explains the operation to visitors.
Rick, KB1TEE, graciously provided the K1USN remote facilities (tent, radios, and tower).
The banner promoting the special event in front of the Museum.
Some of the crew setting up the W1NAS stations: from left: Jeff, WK1D; Pi, K1RV; Hank, KQ1V; Bob, N1EDM; Kevin, N1FAA; and Ralph, W1BT. Many of the hams participating in this special event had served in the U.S. Navy at NAS South Weymouth and were eager to assist and participate.
Steve, W1OD, making the first contact with W1NAS and the new radio club.
Pi, K1RV, taking a quick breather after setting up the station.
Rick, N1DC, enjoying a CW QSO.
Some of the many visitors, hams and non-hams, in the Museum.
It was a great event and one that will probably happen again next year. One radio contact in the mid-west reported he even served at SoWey during his tour in the Navy and was very pleased to hear about the Museum and the new radio club. Many thanks to all who participated and served.
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