599 DX Association
K5W - Mississippi Sandhill Crane
National Wildlife Refuge Special Event



In Celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week - 2010

MS Sandhill Crane NWR

This year members of the newly formed 599 DX Association activated Special Event Station K5W from the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge as part of National Wildlife Refuge Week activities October 15th-17th. As an added bonus, we also activated our station again on Oct 23rd to help the refuge celebrate "Crane Fest". This is an open house of sorts for the refuge with lots of special activities planned. It was also a good opportunity for us to demonstrate ham radio to the public since the refuge receives a much higher than normal number of visitors that day. In all we had 15 visitors to the station. For both weekends we were able to log just under 400 QSOs contacting 44 states, 9 DXCC countries and 4 other NWR Week Special Event stations. Again this year I would like to thank ranger Doug Hunt and the entire Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR staff for their assistance and support of our activity.

This is a nationwide event with ham radio activities taking place at National Wildlife Refuges around the country. Ham radio operators activated 12 or more NWRs with the primary goal of helping spread the word about our National Wildlife Refuge System. Check the Amateur Radio - National Wildlife Refuge Week web site for more information.

Interactive map to the refuge

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