Museum Ships Weekend is an annual operating event in which hams operate on the amateur radio frequencies from retired maritime vessels, both military and commercial.   To be a participant the hams participating must be on or within site of the ship they are activating.  An established physical memorIal to a ship is considered the same as operating from the ship as long as the group/person is operating form the Memorial or within sight of the memorial.   

The Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the radio room and fan tail of the ship on June 2 between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm only.    (These are the normal operating hour for the park)   Everyone is invited to come out and get on the air and look around the ship.    

So far the plans for operations 20m SSB and 40 SSB. still looking for some CW Operators.   SSB will change bands as conditions dictate. All stations will be using the callsign KØUSA.   If you'd like to operate, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can help get you on the air at the park.

The Museum Ships Weekend Event is sponsored by The Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station.  Details of the event and a list of participating ships can be found at http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/  - the list is expected to grow to over 100 before the event starts.   

The USS Hazard  will be one of two minesweepers participating in the event and the only WWII Minesweeper.   

USS Hazard (AM-240) is an Admirable-class minesweeper that served in the United States Navy during World War II. Hazard was launched on 1 October 1944 and was commissioned on 30 December 1944. The vessel was built by the Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Company of Winslow, Washington. Hazard was fitted for both wire and acoustic sweeping and could double as an anti-submarine warfare platform.

The Admirable class of minesweepers were also used for patrol and escort duties. Hazard first served in this capacity, escorting a convoy from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor, and then running with convoys to Eniwetok and Ulithi. In March 1945, the sweeper was sent to Okinawa, where she first performed anti-submarine patrols before sweeping the waters off Kerama Retto in keeping with the minesweeper's slogan, "No Sweep, No Invasion." 

At the war's end the ship cleared the seas off Korea and Japan for the occupation forces. Returning to the United States in 1946, Hazard was decommissioned and joined the reserve fleet. 

Stricken from the Navy Register in 1971, Hazard was purchased by a group of Omaha, Nebraska, businessmen and is open to the public along with the submarine USS Marlin (SST-2), an A-4 Skyhawk, an A-7 Corsair II, and an HH-52A Seaguard US Coast Guard helicopter at Freedom Park on the Missouri River waterfront in East Omaha. Hazard earned three battle stars for her World War II service. Hazard is a National Historic Landmark, the only Admirable-class minesweeper left in the United States. 

 

Field Day Chairman Adam KD0MMG would like to invite those interested in helping with Field Day Planning Meeting  on Saturday April 29th at 10:00 am at Freedom Park.  We will have dicussions on the gazebo which offers a wonderful view of the entire park and offers a great place to operate from duirng the weekend. If it is raining, we will meet inside the USS Hazard.  The plan is to fiinalize locaitons of shacks,antenna loations, and discuss setup and operation plans.   This is also important for the logging network plans.  

Freedom Park offers many new challenges but also offers a lot of opportunities, which is one of the major aspects of Field Day, leaning to see challenges as oppurtunities.  Because the park will be open during part of the setup and early operations, all shack locations will be determined before setup.    The GOTA station will operate from 1:00pm until 3:00 pm when the park closes.   

Shack Captains have been confirmed for:

  • 20 meter SSB - K0CTU/KE7RDM
  • 40 meter SSB - KD0MMG/N0TRK
  • 15 meter SSB - KA0VNY
  • GOTA* - KA0VNYwill be the control op/Callsign used
  • 6 meter SSB - KA4ZZQ
  • 20 Meter PSK  - AI7Q

There are plans to operate on 144 SSB as well as 144/220/440 FM - but no firm shack captains have been determined. 


Remember as a shack captain, you are responsible for obtaining all equipment needed for your shack - Radios, logging computer, antennas, tables, chairs, power source,  etc...  and are responsible for its setup.  This doesn't mean that the shack captain must have all of this equipment themselves, but you need to know what you need from other hams or the club and make sure it is available for that day. 

The park is open for visitors on Saturdays now, so just drive on down to the park. 

To get to Freedom Park, take Abbot Drive towards the airport.  Turn right on Gallup Drive  and take the first left. There is a sign that says Miller's Landing, River City Star, Freedom Park.    Follow the road east to the gate for Freedom Park.   

Museum Ships Weekend

To sign up to help with Field Day please use this form:


And here is a link to the location from Abbott Drive

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zPd_Nv8_cvIcTJTFVBpYfq2gXMg&usp=sharing 


The Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club welcomes newly licensed amateur radio operators to the great hobby amateur radio.

We know it can be a bit intimidating figuring out what to do now that you have that new call sign. Joining a club and being active in events is a great way to find those people who are willing and able to help.  

To make is easy for a newly licensed ham, the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club offers:

  • A free year's membership in the club so you can put your dues money towards your radio purchases.
  • Loaner radios  - we have two Icom 144MHz handitalkies - so you can get on the air while you decide which new radio to buy. Any member may borrow one of these radios for a month at a time

The Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club has an active group who like to take ham radio out of the "shack" and into the field. They have plans to operate from:

  • Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice,NE for the 2017 Total Eclipse in August.  
  • USS Hazard National Historic Landmark at Freedom Park in Omaha for ham radio event called Museum Ships Weekend in June
  • There are tenative plans for operating from other locations so watch the website and Facebook for details

The club also is active in community service, providing communication support to numerous events such as

  • Nebraska State High School Track Meet
  • Market-to-Market Relay
  • The Corporate Cup
  • Crop Walk

You can find an application form at this link.  Fill it out and bring it with you to a club meeting!  We meet the 2nd Friday of the Month at the Red Cross near 84th and Spring.   We are looking forward to meeting you!  

Field Day Chairman Adam KD0MMG would like to invite those interested in being a shack captain to a site visit of the 2017 Field Day site on Saturday February 18 at 10:00 am.

About 11:00 am the group will relocate Goodnight's Pizza for a discussion of bands and modes, best shack locations and antenna options.

Freedom Park offers many new challenges but also offers a lot of opportunities, which is one of the major aspects of Field Day.

Potential Shack Captains should meet at the Freedom Park Road gate no later than 10:00 am.  A park volunteer will be there to unlock the gate (the park is currently closed for the winter) talk in will be on 146.940.

To get to Freedom Park, take Abbot Drive towards the airport.  Turn right on Gallup Drive  and take the first left. There is a sign that says Miller's Landing, River City Star, Freedom Park.    Follow the road east to the gate for Freedom Park.   

If you miss the group that gets into the park.  Goodnights Pizza is at 1302 Mike Fahey St, Omaha, NE 68102 - they open at 11:00 am on Saturdays.(remember to bring some change for the parking meter)

To sign up to help with Field Day please use this form at the MDARES Website: 
http://www.mdares.org/heroes/machform/view.php?id=28952

And here is a link to the location from Abbott Drive

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zPd_Nv8_cvIcTJTFVBpYfq2gXMg&usp=sharing 

 

 

NE150hams.org NE150 LogoTo help celebrate Nebraska's Sequicentennial there will be a year long QSO Party!  The premier event will be the Sesquicentennial QSO Party,  from 13:00 UTC Saturday February 25  to 11:00 pm Sunday March 5th.  Nebraska's Statehood day is March 1st.  

Hams throughout Nebraska are encouraged to participate as NE150Hams using their own callsign with "/NE150" as a suffix. The exchange for Nebraska is : call sign, signal report and county.  Additionally participating Nebraska stations are encouraged to operate from historical sites in Nebraska (this is optional) then the station will add the name of that site,  "Homestead National Monument" or "Chimney Rock".  The response from the station outside Nebraska is call, name, signa report and state or province.  If the station is outside of the US, then just their country.

Lots of details are still in the works, so check at http://ne150hams.org/ to get the latest information.

On December 9, 2016 the business meeting of the AARC was suspended  at 7:38 PM for the election.

Steve, N0UP ran the election and  Barb, KC0HLB, Jim, KA0KCV and Russ, NE0G acted as tellers.

For the 2 open Board positions candidates were Dave, N0JSB, Bill, WA9ASD and Dan, N0POT.

Steve called for nominations from the floor 3 times and there were none.

The election for the 2 open board positions was held and Dave, N0JSB and Dan, N0POT were elected.

For Vice President, Justin Tabor, KE0BHP was the only candidate.

When Steve called for nominations from the floor, Bill, KE0XQ nominated Bill, WA9ASD.  Bill accepted the nomination.   There were no other nominations.

The election was held and Bill, WA9ASD was elected.

For President, Kevin, KA0VNY was the only candidate.

Steve called for nominations from the floor 3 times and there were no none.

Because there were no nominations from the floor John, WB0CMC made a motion, seconded by Norm, WA0JYD that Kevin, KA0VNY be elected by acclimation.  Approved.                     -

Then Adam, KD0MMG made a motion, seconded by Bill, KD0FJR that the ballots be destroyed. 

Unanimously approved.

The Winners are: 
President -KAØVNY
Vice President - WA9ASD
Board - NØJSB and NØPOT