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News Flash - April 26, 2006

The Triple  Crown Events

The Carroll County Contesters (WY3P) and Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
(W2VL) To Host ‘Triple Crown’ Special Event Station(s)

With the arrival of spring, many of us start to think about getting back outdoors again. Some think about baseball, sailing or hiking and camping.
Others think about – The Triple Crown. Yes, it’s time for the annual running of The Triple Crown (The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes).

Why is horse racing being discussed in an amateur radio venue? Because we are going to be running our own Triple Crown operating event! The Carroll County Contesters (of Sykesville, Maryland) and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) are going to be operating special event stations on the day of each race. The Derby station will be operating from Kentucky.
The Preakness station will be operating from Maryland. Both of these stations will be operated by members of the Carroll County Contesters. The Belmont Stakes station will be operating from New York (hopefully, directly from the track at Belmont Park!) by members of LIMARC.

QSL cards will be available for contacting each individual special event station. Please include a SASE and a ‘green stamp’ (international stations, please include 1 IRC). In addition, anyone who successfully contacts all three special event stations will be eligible to receive a special ‘Triple Crown’ certificate. For the certificate, please include an oversized SASE, big enough to hold an 8 1/2” x 11” certificate, and a ‘green stamp’
(international stations, please include 1 IRC). QSL and certificate requests should be addressed as follows:

For The Derby and The Preakness, please send requests to the Carroll County Contesters QSL Manager, W3ADC at:

Carroll County Contesters
c/o John F King
PO Box 64
Hampstead MD 21074
Attn: Derby Event or Preakness Event (as appropriate):

For The Belmont Stakes, please send requests to:

P.O. Box 392
Levittown, NY 11756
Attn: Belmont Event

For the special Triple Crown certificate, please send requests to the certificate manager, N3VOP at:

Michael D Fisher
715 Robinwood Dr
Mount Airy MD 21771
Attn: Triple Crown Event

We will be operating each event with the following special event call signs:

For The Derby (K4D)

For The Preakness (K3P)

For The Belmont Stakes (K2B)

In order to maximize accessibility, we will be operating in the General Class band segments, most likely on 20 through 40 meters. Full operating details including hours of operation will be posted on each club’s respective web-sites as the date for each specific event approaches. We anticipate operating on or near the following frequencies: 21.365, 14.265,
7.265 and 3.865. However, these proposed frequencies will be tempered by conditions on the day of the event (again, check the web-sites for specifics). Carroll County Contesters are on the web at wy3p@hotmail.com.
LIMARC is on the web at www.limarc.org.

Special Note! If there is a club or group of operators in Kentucky interested in activating the Derby event, please contact Carroll County Contesters as soon as possible. They can be reached at the above U.S Mail address, or via e-mail at wy3p@hotmail.com.





Team WY3P in Maine, Picking  up
AB/577 Towers

September, 2005

     Team WY3P took a road trip to Maine to pick up 4 AB/577 Towers.  The ride up was at night, and the ride back was early the next morning.  This was Nathan, W3ADX's first time in New England.

The AB/577s are "raw kits" and Clint is leading the effort to complete the sets so WY3P can have several new towers for the upcoming contest season.



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