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13 – Colonies Special Event July 1 – July 7


13 Colonies operating event runs from 1300Z July 1 – 0400Z July 7

Once again, the 13 Colonies Special Event will take place between 1300z, July 1st and 0400z July 7th. The certificate is printed on heavy card stock. Stations working one state or, as many as all 15, will be eligible for the certificate. A “Clean Sweep” indicator will be affixed, for those lucky enough to “Q” all 15.

A special endorsement will be attached for stations contacting their sister operation, WM3PEN, in Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared. New since 2015, the 13 Colonies have added a second sister event station GB13COL will operate from Durham, England. The 13 Colonies certificate will have a Liberty Bell added for a contact with WM3PEN. They will also offer a special QSL card printed just for this event.

There should be at least two stations from each on the 13 colonies on the air, as well as Super contest stations, multi-operator Club stations and OM and XYL teams. The thirteen orginal U.S. colonies are CT-DE- GA-MA-MD-NC-NH-NJ-NY-PA-RI-SC-VA. Special events stations mentioned are: K2A (NY), K2B (VA), K2C (RI), K2D (CT), K2E (DE), K2F (MD), K2G (GA), K2H (MA), K2I (NJ), K2J (NC), K2K (NH), K2L (SC), and K2M (PA).

All HF bands will be in play, including the WARC bands, with the exception of 60 meters. 2 meters and 6 meter simplex are encouraged. All modes of operation should be represented – SSB, CW, RTTY, Digital, and the Satellites. The mode of operation is up to the individual colony state station. For more details on the stations, suggested frequencies, QSL info and on how to obtain the special certificate, see:

Thanks to the Southgate Amateur radio News for this information

This is by far one of my favorite special events each year! This is a very “doable” event from our location – perfect mix of challenge and reward. For example, New York and New Jersey often present the most challenge for me, but some of the other states are like shooting fish in a barrel.

Your results will be different depending on location, of course, but the special event goes on long enough and across enough bands with some effort you can usually snag all 13 colonies and the special extra stations. The one from England may be a bit of a challenge depending on propagation.

Of course even if you do not make all 13 Colonies you can still get a certificate for the wall, and you have even more motivation for next year’s event! I highly recommend it as fun, as well as for what I would call being a gentle special event. While there will be lots of people calling, the operators are all kind, polite, and willing to help you get your call in the log. My experience has been some of the best operators showing the best of the traditions of amateur radio.

Give it a go this year!! And if you have done it in the past, let me know your experiences! Cheers! Robert

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