The first half of the W1AW portable activation in Tennessee was a great success.
ARRL Affiliated Clubs and ARES groups throughout the state took
part in operating as W1AW/4 from March 22 through March 28. Well over
2000 contacts were logged under the W1AW/4 call sign in the TN Section.
Top score goes to ETDXA (East TN DX Association) with 762 total
contacts. The Cumberland County Amateur Radio Club came in a close
second place with 721 contacts followed by the Cleveland Amateur Radio
Club with 307 contacts.
W1AW was the call sign of Hiram Percy Maxim, the founder and first
President of the league. After he passed away in 1936, the FCC allowed
the league to rename their headquarters operating station W1AW in memory
of Maxim. Today, W1AW (located on the grounds of ARRL headquarters in
Newington, CT) is the flagship station for amateur radio in the United
States. The W1AW portable activation is part of the year-long Volunteers
On The Air (VOTA) operating event. For more information, please visit
We have some great hamfests coming up in April. This Saturday is the
Memphis Freefest in Bartlett, TN. This event is always popular and
always free. They do sell tickets for the prize drawings, and the
proceeds go to benefit the LeBonheur Childrens Hospital. For more
information, visit maraonline.org/freefest
On April 15, the Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club is hosting the
Greeneville Hamfest at the Greene County fairgrounds. Indoor and outdoor
spaces will be available this year along with VE testing. For more
information, visit greenevillehamfest.com
The bands are heating up as Solar Cycle 25 moves towards it’s 2025
peak, so let’s take advantage of it by being “radio-active” and
get on the air!
Wishing you and your family a happy Easter.
David Thomas KM4NYI
ARRL Tennessee Section
Section Manager: Mr David R Thomas, KM4NYI