Anita and I have participated as operators in the 13 Colonies Special Event for the last two years. The idea of this event is to work a special event station in each state that represents one of the original 13 Colonies. A nice certificate is awards for working one or more of the special event stations and a special endorsement is added for operators working all 13. The event takes place over the July 4th Holiday in the United States. We have operated as K2K, the New Hampshire event station for Digital Modes and this year, also some SSB Phone. This event is a lot of fun and Anita and I did it as the first significant operation from our new Shack. Richie Feola, W1STT is the overall coordinator for the 13 Colonies New Hampshire portion of the event and he has been very gracious in helping us to sort out how to approach our station and the operations for the 13 Colonies Event. Richie is a great contest operator and has a big station near us. Richie, Anita and I got together last evening to send out QSL cards for our operations associated with the 13 Colonies Special event this year. It is always very enjoyable to read the notes and letters from those who send us cards from a special event such as the 13 Colonies. We are already looking forward to 13 Colonies Special Event 2013!
– Fred (AB1OC)