Saturday, July 13, 2013

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chattanooga/Lookout Mountain

The Chattanooga Amateur Radio Ham Club in conjunction with the National Park Service will be doing a Special Event on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, 2013.

So, what exactly does this mean? you ask.

Well, this year is the 150th Anniversary of several battles during the Civil War including the Battle for Chattanooga,  also called "the Battle above the clouds".

Even though the actual battles (there were 3) were in October and November of 1863, the Club and the National Park Service chose this earlier time to memorialize the 150th Anniversary of the event.

The dates of the event are Saturday and Sunday July 13-14, 2013 from 0900Z-1700Z -- which is  9 am EST Saturday morning through 5 pm EST Sunday evening.

The Club will be operating from atop Lookout Mountain, at elevation of 1,850 feet, pictured here as it was in 1863. This is a view from the North Bank of the Tennessee River with the Union Army pontoon bridge on the left and Lookout Mountain in the distance as the tall mountain on the other side of the river.

All Ham Radio Operators, shortwave enthusiasts, or just 'normal' folks, will definitely want to participate either by radio or by dropping in at Point Park on top of Lookout Mountain.

There will be beautiful QSL cards for all contacts.

The Special Event Call sign will be N4C.

Hams, turn on your radios and make contacts on phone, CW and DSTAR.

Non-Hams can listen on their short wave radios.

Frequencies +- 20 khz for HF will be 3.977; 7.275; 14.260; 50.115; 
144.220; + DSTAR on 443.150+, 145.290-, and 145.67 simplex.   
Two stations will be operating on HF (SSB & CW), one station on 6 meters (50.115 Mhz) and 2 meters (144.220) and one station for DSTAR contacts.

To read about these battles, HERE'S THE LINK