On February 1st 1942 was the first transmission from Voice of America stations in the USA to Europe to correct the propaganda and misinformation that Nazi Germany was broadcasting to the world. They committed to telling the truth even if it was good or bad. The highest ideals of journalism would be maintained to fight propaganda with truth and trust. For 80 years, this organization has fought fake news and informed the world through unbiased radio. For much of the world population, VOA was the only source they could get reports that they could trust.
To honor this commitment, three stations have been invited by VOA to be “special event stations” in the amateur radio bands with the call signs of W3V (Washington DC), W8O (West Chester, Ohio), W4A (Greenville, NC) where the suffix of the calls spell out “VOA“.
This event will start Saturday February 19th at 9am and go through to Sunday February 20th at 5pm, 2022.
Bands & Modes
Operating modes will be CW, SSB, Digital (FT8) on 20, 40, 80 meter bands.
Amateur radio stations that contact the VOA stations will get an electronic QSL card from each station automatically if their email is correct on QRZ.com. An electronic Certificate will also be sent in PDF format that has contact acknowledgement and information on the stations. Stations that wish to get the paper QSL cards should contact the VOA stations directly and send SASE’s. The cards will be mailed after the event.
Please tune into “Ham Nation” on Feb. 16, 2022 at 9pm where we will be interviewed about this event. Other outlets include “Ham Talk Live” and possibly at QSO Today.
Please call or write and volunteer to be part of the 80th anniversary special event. We need radio operators, help getting out the QSL’s and many other jobs. Many thanks to all the people that helped make this event possible but a special shout out to Jocelyn KD8VRX of the West Chester station, Marc K3POE of Washington, Macon WB4JPQ and Peter N4PVH of Greenville.
30th anniversary medal was found in an antique store by my wife and given as a Christmas present. Now we are 50 years later and the importance of their mission is still very high.