N7B Boeing Centennial Event
The BEARS ran a special event station on July 16 and 17, 2016 in conjunction with the Boeing 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Museum of Flight. This activity was coordinated as part of a bigger operation that included many of the amateur radio clubs from several Boeing sites.
The operation ran during day light hours on both days using the call N7B. The K7NWS shack facilities were put to good use operating phone with the K3, the amp, and the SteppIR beam. All systems worked well and it was a pleasure to open up the throttle and cruise. Working in pairs, the BEARS crew handled the pile up that continued throughout the day. Operation was primarily on 20 meters and band conditions were variable as they have been recently. A total of 439 QSOs were logged. The majority of contacts were from the south, southwest, and mountain states.
There were very few contacts from the east and northeast. Many of the contacts were from retired Boeing employees and others, from the aerospace industry. There were also many calls from airline pilots, current and retired, with kind and enthusiastic words about Boeing products. Each of the contacts we made will receive the 100th Boeing Anniversary Commemorative QSL Card showing the 787 in flight alongside the 40B Bi-wing.
Update: QSL cards have been sent out.