• Members of the Potomac Valley Radio Club to Activate NSS for Armed Forces Day

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Tuesday, May 04, 2021 20:57:52

    Members of the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC[1]) will activate the historic NSS call sign on Saturday, May 8, during the 2021 Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test[2]. For more than 60 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this exercise, during which military stations[3] transmit on military frequencies and listen for radio amateurs on adjacent amateur bands. It will take place May 7 - 8 this year.

    NSS operation will be from the location of the former US Navy High-Power Radio Station at Greenbury Point in Annapolis, Maryland. NSS began operation in 1918 on VLF, using a pair of Federal Telegraph Company 500 kW Poulson arc transmitters and four 600-foot towers. NSS began operations on HF in the 1920s, and operations there continued until 1976.

    NSS was dismantled in 1999, but three of its 600-foot towers remain on Greenbury Point.A commemorative NSS QSL card is available via K3LU (SASE appreciated). - Thanks to Frank Donovan, W3LPL

    [1] http://www.pvrc.org/
    [2] http://www.arrl.org/news/annual-armed-forces-day-cross-band-test-set-for-may-7-8
    [3] http://www.dodmars.org/home/armed-forces-day-2021

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