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Get Your Kicks On Route 66

Date : 20 / 09 / 2008
Author : Robert Broomhead - VK3KRB

US Highway 66 established in 1926, was the first major improved highway to link the west coast with the nations heartland. Through stories, songs, and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America. However, the demise of Route 66 began in the 1950's as the US began building it's interstate highway system, and the highway was officially decommissioned in 1986. None the less, small portions of the US Highway 66 still exist in towns and rural areas in several states.

The purpose of the event is a way to offer amateur radio operators a fun way to "Relive the Ride" and their own memories of Route 66, and to celebrate the highway's 82nd anniversary. And so The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club out of San Bernardino, CA is hosting the Ninth Annual "Route 66 On The Air" Special Event.

Amateur Radio Clubs using 1 X 1 call signs will operate from 17 cities and 2 rovers along the highway during the special event period, 13th September (00:00:01z) through 21st September (24:00:00z) aiming to contact as many amateur radio operators as possible who would like to take part in this annual event.

The event is not a race. According to the event's official Website (accessible by the following Link): The purpose of this event is an opportunity to offer amateur radio operators a fun way to "Relive the Ride" and their own memories of Route 66, and to celebrate the highway's 82nd anniversary.


Event leaders will this year be adding the D-STAR digital communications mode to the existing HF/VHF/UHF analog modes. A list of special events radio stations can be found via the following Link



 

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