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CQ Announcements: March 2012
• The following Special Event Stations will be on the air in March (also see the hamfest-associated stations noted below):

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA — The Greensboro Amateur Radio Association will air commemorative Special Event Station NG4, from 1200 UTC, Saturday, March 17, to 2200 UTC, Sunday, March 18, to commemorate The Battle of Guilford Courthouse in 1781. Frequencies: 14.315, 7.231, 21.315, and 3.900. QSL to: N4G – Special Event Station, P.O. Box 7054, Greensboro, NC 27417. Contact: David Macchiarolo, phone 336-420-9424; e-mail: <aj4tf@arrl.net>; <http://www.n4g-gch.org>.

MILWAUKEE, WISONSIN — The Milwaukee Radio Amateurs will air Special Event Station, W9RH, from 1500 UTC to 2100 UTC Saturday, March 31 in honor of its 95th anniversary. Certificates will be available by e-mail. Detail and frequencies are available at: <http://www.w9rh.org>.



• These hamfests are scheduled for March:

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA — The Birmingham Amateur Radio Club will hold the BirmingHAMfest 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, at the Zamora Shrine Temple, 3521 Ratliff Road. Contact: Bob Thomas, KC4AF, phone 205-283-4000; e-mail: <kc4af@arrl.net>. (Exams)

CAVE CITY, KENTUCKY — The Mammoth Cave Amateur Radio Club will hold the 36th Annual Cave City Hamfest on Saturday March 3, starting at 7:30 AM, at the Cave City Convention Center. Contact: Larry Brumett, KN4IV, phone 270-651-2363; e-mail: <lbrumett@glasgow-ky.com>; <http://www.ky4x.org/activities/hamfest/>. (Talk-in 146.34/ 94 no tone; exams 9 a.m.)

ROSENBERG, TEXAS — The Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club will hold the Greater Houston Hamfest and host the ARRL South Texas Section Convention, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Activities include Special Event Station W5H. Contact: John Chauvin, K5IZO, e-mail: <k5izo@yahoo.com>, or Rick Hiller, W5RH, e-mail: <rhiller@sdicgm.com>; <http://www.houstonhamfest.org>. (Talk-in 146.940 [167.9 Hz]; exams)

LEVITTOWN, NEW YORK — The Long Island Mobile ARC will hold the Long Island Hamfair Electronics Show, from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 4, at Levittown Hall. Contact: LIMARC, P.O. Box 392, Levittown, NY 11756-0392; e-mail: <hamfest@limarc.org>.

IRVING, TEXAS — The Irving Amateur Radio Club, Inc. will hold its 10th Annual Hamfest Saturday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Betcha Bingo Hall. Contact: Coleta Taylor, KD5QFH, e-mail: <coleta.mt@verizon.net> or James Comer, KB5FVS, e-mail: <kb5fvs@gmail.com>; <http://www.irvingarc.org/iarchamfest.html>. (Talk-in 146.72 –110.9; exams)

RAYNE, LOUISIANA — The Acadiana Amateur Radio Association will hold the 52nd Annual 2012 Acadiana Hamfest and ARRL Louisiana State Convention on March 9 & 10,at the Rayne Civic Center. Contact: Acadiana Hamfest, P.O. Box 51174, Lafayette, LA 70505-1174; <http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest/>.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA — The Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society will hold the 2012 Charlotte Hamfest™ and ARRL Roanoke Division Convention from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Sunday, March 11 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center. Contact Mecklenburg ARS, phone 704-948-7373; <http://bit.ly/xeEAvn>. (Talk-in 146.655 [–600kHz], no tone; exams)

CLAREMORE, OKLAHOMA — Green Country Hamfest Inc., will hold the Green Country Hamfest on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, at the Claremont Expo Center. Doors open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Includes the ARRL Oklahoma Section Convention. Contact: Green Country Hamfest, P.O. Box 470132, Tulsa, OK 74147-0132; e-mail: <tickets@greencountryhamfest.org>; <http://www.greencountryhamfest.org>. (Talk-in 147.090 [+.600] no PL.; exams)

MARIETTA, GEORGIA — The Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club will hold the 59th Annual Kennehoochee Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at Jim R. Miller Park. Contact: Don Heppe, W5LGK, <w5lgk@bellsouth.net>. (Talk-in 146.880 [PL 100 Hz]; exams).

LINCOLN NEBRASKA — The Lincoln Amateur Radio Club will host the End of Winter Hamfest and the ARRL Nebraska State Convention from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Lancaster County Event Center. Contact: LARC, 402-770-9157; <http://www.lincolnhamfest.org>. (Exams; CW certification)

MIDLAND, TEXAS — The Midland Amateur Radio Club will hold its 57th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Hamfest and ARRL West Texas Section Convention from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at the Midland Lions Club. Contact: Randy Karch, N5OVH, phone 432-683-7328; <http://hamfest.w5qgg.org/>. (Talk-in 147.300 [no tone]; WAS & VUCC card checking, DXCC card checking, exams)

TOLEDO, OHIO — The Toledo Mobile Radio Association will hold the Toledo Radio/Computer/Electronics Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at Owens Community College – Student Health and Activity Center. Contact: TMRA, P.O. Box 9673, Toledo, OH 43697-9673; <http://www.tmrahamradio.org>. (Exams)

BRAMPTON, CANADA — The Mississauga ARC and Peel ARC will hold Ham-Ex 2012 on Saturday, March 24 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brampton Fall Fair Grounds. Activities include a flea market, exhibits and demonstrations. Special Event Station VE3XR will broadcast 1300 UTC to 1800 UTC on 3.75, 7.269, and 14.265 MHz (±QRM). E-mail: <info@ham-ex.ca>;<http://www.ham-ex.ca>. (Talk-in 146.880 [no tone] or 145.430 [103.5 Hz]; DXCC card checking and Industry Canada Basic, Advanced, and CW Exams.

QUEBEC, CANADA — The Club Radio Amateur Laval-Laurentides Hamfest wil be held on Saturday, March 24, at Ecole Polyvalente Georges-Vanier. For more information call 514-708-8033; e-mail: <crall@ve2crl.qc.ca>. (Talk in 147.315+)

COLUMBUS, INDIANA — The Columbus (Indiana) Amateur Radio Club’s 29th Annual Hamfest will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the Bartholomew County 4H Fairgrounds. Contact: Marion Winterberg, WD9HTN, 812-342-4670; e-mail: <mlw467@gmail.com>. (Talk-in 146.790 [PL 100 Hz]; exams 11 a.m.)

TIMONIUM, MARYLAND — The Baltimore Amateur Radio Club Inc. will hold The Greater Baltimore Hamboree and Computerfest from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Contact: BARC, GBHC, P.O. Box 120, Reisterstown, MD 21136; phone: 443-590-1444; e-mail: <w3ft67@yahoo.com>. (Talk-in 146.67 [PL 107.2 Hz]; WAS and VUCC card checking from 9 a.m. to noon; exams).


Please submit hamfest and special event announcements at least three months in advance by e-mail to <hamfest@cq-amateur-radio.com> or <specialevent@cq-amateur-radio.com>, or by postal mail to: CQ Magazine, Attn: Hamfests (or Special Events), 25 Newbridge Rd., Hicksville, NY 11801.
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