Special Event Stations
The club holds three special events each year, at Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown. The stations get on the air around 10:00 AM and work until around 4:30 PM so we can take down our station and be off the site by 5:00 PM. Please check the ARRL web site, QST magazine, or the club web site for exact details of each event.
The Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown Special Event Stations are part of our Historic Triangle series of events. By working all three events, you qualify for a Historic Triangle Certificate. Contacts do not need to be made in the same calendar year.
2020 Event Dates
- Jamestown: May 9
- Colonial Williamsburg: July 4
- Yorktown: October 17
Historic Jamestown Special Event
In May, we operate from Historic Jamestowne Island, just a few steps from the site of the first fort built there in 1607. Jamestown was the first permanent settlement established by the English in the New World.
Colonial Williamsburg Special Event Station
In July, on the Saturday closest to the fourth, we operate from one of the buildings in Colonial Williamsburg to celebrate our Nations’ Birthday. The Capital of Virginia was moved from Jamestown to Middle Plantation and renamed Williamsburg in 1699 where it remained until Governor Thomas Jefferson moved it to Richmond to escape the British during the Revolution.
Please note that this event is NOT associated with the 13 Colonies Special Event.
Yorktown Special Event Station
In October, we move to Yorktown, the site of the last major battle of the Revolution and the surrender of the English Army under Lord Cornwallis to the combined American and French forces. Our station is typically set up outside the Yorktown Visitor Center, near the battlefield.
Below is a map to the Yorktown Battlefield Information Center, the site is just a bit further along the road.
Please send a QSL to QSL Manager, WAARC, PO Box 1470, Williamsburg, VA 23187. To request a certificate for working all 3 events, contact the QSL manager, with contact details and a SASE to accept an 8 1/2 X 11 document.