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The Queen Mary has begun substantial refurbishment and painting operations.  The entire ship will be re-painted over the next 12-14 months.  Access to the Sports Deck (the ship's topmost deck) and the Wireless Room is currently restricted to one stairway, and access routes may change as refurbishment activities progress.  If you are planning a visit to the ship and the Wireless Room, it is suggested that you call ahead and inquire about access.  The ship's main number is 877-342-0738.  Once aboard, if you experience any difficulty finding the Wireless Room, inquire of any ship's crewmember for guidance.

QSL ALERT!     posted February 2018

Our QSL Officer has been temporarily incapacitated.  Handling of QSL requests will be delayed a few weeks.  We apologize for the delay, and we wish him a speedy recovery. 

THE QUEEN MARY - PAST AND PRESENT  The most luxurious ocean liner ever to sail the Atlantic, the Queen Mary is a piece of floating history.  She played hostess to the rich and famous during the 1930's, transported more than 800,000 service men during WWII as the legendary "Grey Ghost", and served as a means of transportation for a bevy of European war brides coming home to the US and Canada before resuming her status as a luxury liner.  Today the Queen Mary is an elegant hotel, meeting place and event venue on the water in Long Beach, California.  In 1993, she was honored with inclusion on The National Register of Historic Places.

The Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach, led by the tireless Nate Brightman, K6OSC (now SK), established and operated amateur station GB5QM aboard the Queen Mary during her Last Great Cruise from England to Long Beach in 1967.  After her arrival, Brighman worked steadily for the next 11 years to establish a permanent amateur radio station aboard the ship.  Space and funds were finally granted in 1978, and W6RO - The Nate Brightman Wireless Room aboard the Queen Mary - was officially opened on April 22nd, 1979.  

W6RO currently operates the following radio equipment:
​- *NEW* Icom IC-7300 transceiver with Hy-Gain DX-88 vertical antenna (80-10M)
​- Icom IC-746 transceiver with Hy-Gain AV-640 vertical (40-10M) and Hy-Gain VB-64DX 4-element yagi (6M)
- Yaesu FT-2500M transceiver with MFJ-1278B TNC and Cushcraft Ringo Ranger vertical antenna (2M packet)
​- Jetstream JT222M transceiver with Comet CX-333 vertical antenna (1.25M FM)
​- Kenwood TS-950S transceiver with Force-12 yagi antenna and Hy-Gain HAM-IV rotator (20-15-10M)
​- Yaesu FT-7400 transceiver with Comet CX-333 vertical antenna (70cm FM)
- Kenwood TM-261A transceiver with Comet CX-333 vertical antenna (2M FM)
- Kenwood TS-850SAT transceiver with Hy-Gain AV-640 vertical antenna (40-10M)

Come aboard and visit us when in the area. To visit the Nate Brightman Wireless Room aboard the Queen Mary, you will need to buy a ticket to board and tour the ship. We are located on the Sports Deck just forward of the center funnel (smokestack). Ask any ship's crewmember for directions once aboard.

When you are in Long Beach, call us on 145.510 FM simplex.  This frequency is usually monitored when there is a crew member on duty at W6RO.

The ARALB meets at the American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter on the first Friday of each month. Meeting time is 7pm. Address is 3150 E. 29th St., Long Beach.  Talk-in on 145.510 FM simplex.

Mail address is W6RO, P.O. Box 7493, Long Beach, CA. 90807

The web site for ARALB is: www.ARALB.club.  The web site for the Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction is: www.queenmary.com .


W6RO QSL Procedure



To receive W6RO’s very popular Queen Mary QSL card, just follow these steps:


1. During your QSO with W6RO, be sure to copy your QSO number. Specifically ask for it during the QSO if necessary.


2. Send your own QSL card, or a report on a piece of paper if you don’t have a QSL card, to us. Be sure to include:

- Your QSL card or report (report the contact date & time as UTC)

- Your QSO number (preferably in the report area of your card)

- A Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope.  Our new QSL card is standard size (3.5 x 5.5 inches).
(* DX stations see below)

- Mail it all to:


P.O. Box 7493

Long Beach, CA 90807



3. Your W6RO QSL card should arrive in your S.A.S.E. in about 6 to 8 weeks.


* DX QSLs sent via the bureau will be returned via the bureau system. These do not require an S.A.S.E. Please allow the normal extended time for this process. DX stations wishing to QSL by direct mail must include:

- a self-addressed envelope

- two IRCs – or two US ‘greenstamps’ if you have them.


'Greenstamps' (US $1 bill) are never required but always appreciated. Our QSL Officer uses any greenstamps to help fund the QSL operation only. We thank you for your generosity!


We process a large number of QSL requests every month. Due to the workload, there is no avenue provided to check-up on a pending QSL request. If you did comply with all of the above and we somehow mishandled your request, we apologize. If you have not received your card in a reasonable amount of time, you can either:

- submit a second QSL request, including all of the above items, with info from your log

- work our station on the air again and submit a new QSL request.


Thanks for your attention.  73.







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