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Thirteen Colonies Special Event – We are Top Club and Top State!!

Well, it’s finally official – our Club is again the Top Club for the Thirteen Colonies Special Event 2017! Thanks to all of the hard work by the operators from our club, we also made K2K New Hampshire the Top State in the 2017 event with a total of 12, 838 contacts. We edged out K2M Pennsylvania by just 5 contacts!

Thirteen Colonies Special Event – K2K New Hampshire QSL Card
Thirteen Colonies Special Event – K2K New Hampshire QSL Card

Congratulations to all of our 2017 operators for a tremendous job well done!

Our 2017 Operator Team

  • AB1BY – Abby, Nashua, NH
  • AB1OC – Fred, Hollis, NH
  • AB1QB – Anita, Hollis, NH
  • AB1ZO – Brian Operating from AB1OC, Hollis, NH
  • AE1N – Layne, Nashua, NH – CW Only
  • AG1A – Wayne and Family (Megan and Mikayla), Operating from AB1OC, Hollis, NH
  • K1DLM – Dave, Windham, NH
  • K1HMS – Hamilton, Amherst, NH
  • K1LGQ – Dennis, Brookline, NH – QRP
  • KC1EMJ – Ira, Nashua, NH
  • KC1ENX – Jamey, Nashua, NH
  • N1CMD – Curtis, Peterborough, NH – Digital
  • W3UA – Gene, Bedford, NH – CW Only
  • WK1V – Desmond, Merrimack, NH

Our operator team also set an all-time record total number of contacts for K2K New Hampshire and increased our score from last year by +3,119 contacts.

You can learn more about the special event here. Also, check out Layne’s Thirteen Colonies soapbox article.

Thanks to all of our ops!

Fred, AB1OC
Thirteen  Colonies Special Event, K2K New Hampshire State Manager

The Thirteen Colonies Special Event Soapbox

The Nashua Area Radio Club is a huge supporter of the Thirteen Colonies Special Event and we strive to represent New Hampshire in this event. It is not a contest but rather an operating event which has become hugely popular over the last Nine years. Attached is some interesting commentary about the event. You can see our results for the 2017 Thirteen Colonies Special event here. Layne AE1N

Excerpts from qrz.com…

AE1N: If want to visit a true sampling of the TOP operators from the 13 Colonies, then listen to them on the air! They participate via invitation only!

KJ4YQK: Did a little research, I guess Special Event station is not consider a contest. Learn something new.

N8SAN: 40m I heard K2K 30min ago like he was next door. But I already had that state.
I could hear K2G ok.5/3 maybe, but had that state as well. I have a Mosley tri bander, BUT it’s a really low 18-20′ temporary mount, but I figured I SHOULD be able to hear them. When I’ve heard stations I’m able to make the qso quickly. Good thing this event goes on for another 6 days! This will be my first Special Event Certificate and I really want it! 🙂

WA6MHZ: I was most pleased with CW, got thru on the 1st call on all those! The Certs come out REMAKABLY fast!!! I was Astonished last year how fast mine came in. The day it came in I went over to Office Depot and bought a beautiful Wood Frame for it. Will do the same this year

K5AGE: Still wish I had my 100w rig. I got the clean sweep last year! Only ham award I am proud enough to display in the office.

K2DFC: The 13 Colony stations need to spend some time on 75/80 meters when the skip is short. Even 40 during the day is to long to work the close in states. When this started on Sat. I couldn’t hear a peep out of Del, MD, CT,MA, or RI on 40. Had to get them on 75.

K2HAT: Got my Clean Sweep, Thank You to all who get on the air for this Special Event.

Pat I agree, Awesome, I was able to use an adif file to populate the information!!

AA0CW: I sent off QSL cards and sase to every station I worked because I thought it would be neat to have their QSL cards along with the certificate. Well except for K2L. What’s up with that?

K1FBI: Right up there with Apple Pie and Chevrolet. Next year remember there are people in New England, even some in your own State trying to make a contact. Also, if you are going to call region numbers at 10 minute intervals per number, be kind enough to say this is your last go around. Sitting there waiting for you to go from 4s to 0s and then say goodnight not good for us 1s.

WA5NTF: Had a great time working the 13 Colonies stations. Band conditions weren’t the best, but stayed with it until I got all 13 stations and worked a few a second time near the end to thank them for their efforts. As I said all the 13 colony stations came in fine, so just wonder why I couldn’t hear WM3PEN. I guess the band gods were not favoring Pa to Tx when I was listening! LOL. Thanks again to all ops that were manning the special event stations and looking forward to next year. 73

KQ4MM: Same here, first time doing this event as well. Been gone a long time (25 years) and getting back on now and this was the first event I worked since back. It was a blast. And special thanks to Paul – NN4F/K2L Manager. So sorry that some folks were rude, People need to remember that this is a volunteer effort by these people and that the work load is incredible after the event is over. Big thanks Paul and the other clubs and folks for taking the time to make this event so successful. Cheers

We are already planning and looking forward to next year’s event!

The 241st Birthday of The Thirteen Colonies

Yesterday, July 5, I participated in my second HF contest. The first was the Rookie Roundup last year where I worked SSB on HF. This time, I participated in the 13 colonies special event, and damn I was looking forward to it.

Admittedly, part of the excitement originated from being able to operate at Fred (AB1OC) and Anita’s (AB1QB) QTH; I was sure to be heard and sure to make a ton of QSO’s — and perhaps even a pileup? For a fellow who hasn’t been on the air for a bit, it was good to flex my ham radio muscles again and dive in.

Fred guided me through learning how to use the station and offered to log for me. He claims that he cannot hear that well. I think this is a front. The dude was hearing signals whose SNR was at MOST -20 dB; it was supernatural. When I was straining to hear anything in the pileups, Fred easily picked out a few letters or a full call. Whatever the truth may be, it was helpful to have someone guide me.

I began on 40m and it was pretty dead (it was about 6pm EST), so we switched over to 80m, which was even more absent of life. Finally, Fred suggested we go to 20m and work some DX.

Oh man…explosion of QSO’s!

Lots of dudes (and dudettes) operating. Lots of European pileups — and I thought I had a hard time hearing the American pileups. The European ones were even more challenging. Again, Fred came to the rescue with his familiarity of a lot of those calls. Some of the notable ones were a guy who was operating mobile from Turkey, and I believe someone from Algeria. I was trying to run the pileup and starting blurring letters at some points during the exchanges. I began to develop a sense of how difficult it would be to operate for an entire weekend without making a mistake. I was beat after two hours and some folks can bang out 48 with no problem.

At the end of my time slot, I really did have a blast. It’s fun to immerse yourself (especially during the work-week) in something so fun and exciting. Having caught the contesting bug again, I’m going to have to supe up my own station to begin to be a little more competitive 😉


Brian (AB1ZO)

The Thirteen Colonies Special Event Begins Tomorrow – July 1

The Thirteen Colonies Special Event begins at 9 am Eastern Time (13:00 UTC) on Saturday, July 1st and ends on July 6th at midnight ET. The K2K NH team will have a full complement of top-notch operators on all bands and modes again this year including a dedicated QRP station. We’ve also designed a new QSL card for this year’s special event (above).

2017 Thirteen Colonies Special Event Certificate
2017 Thirteen Colonies Special Event Certificate

Take some time during the event and work K2K New Hampshire for your own copy of our new K2K QSL and don’t forget to send for your certificate. If you work a station from each of all Thirteen Colonies, your certificate will indicate a “clean sweep”. There will be two bonus stations that you can work as well. Check out The Thirteen Colonies Special Event Site for all of the details on the event.

This event is a lot of fun for all involved and may well be the largest special event in the world. The QSO count for the event last year was 139,772 contacts in about 6 days! We hope to hear from you during the event and DX stations are especially welcome!

Fred, AB1OC (de K2K New Hampshire QRZ?)