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K7D Special Event celebration of Lost Dutchman Days, continuing the tradition
Next year: 2014 Lost Dutchman Legend Celebration
There are two events asking for amateur radio support, one being the Lost Dutchman Marathon on Sunday, February 16, and the Superstition ARC celebration of the Lost Dutchman Legend using a special event call sign, K7D, on Saturday, February 22.
The Superstition Mountains will have a beauty all their own, most spectacular when one gets up close and personal with the mountains, as is the case at Lost Dutchman State Park, or the Goldfield Ghost Town across the highway from the park.
The Superstition Amateur Radio Club will again host the Lost Dutchman Days special event station under call sign K7D, between Thursday, February 20 and Saturday, February 22, 2014.
Our primary focus will be on Saturday, which we expect to be able to carry out at the Goldfield Ghost Town, for the second year.
The city of Apache Junction sits at the western base of the mountains and about 35 miles east of downtown Phoenix. The running of the Lost Dutchman Marathon on Sunday, February 16 kicks things off, with a week full of events, ending with the long-standing Lost Dutchman Days Parade on Saturday, February 22 in downtown Apache Junction, and our K7D event out northeast of town up State Route 88 that same day.
Amateur radio support for the Marathon Sunday, February 16 2014
We of the Superstition ARC place our repeater system at the disposal of the Maricopa County Emergency Communications Group (MCECG) every year in support of the Lost Dutchman Marathon from early morning through mid-afternoon, and will again offer the repeater services on Sunday, February 16, 2014.
Marathon communications support involves stations posted at every mile along the 26-mile marathon route, reporting the lead male and female runners, and if needed, emergency communications involving injuries and traffic issues that need to be relayed to proper authorities. There is also a "Drag" station that follows the last runners on the course, and reports their positions so race officials can keep watch over them.
To sign up for the marathon, please visit the MCECG web site.
Previous Special Event celebrations of Lost Dutchman Days
The Superstition Amateur Radio Club has operated out of the Superstition Mountain Museum in past years, using the call sign W7W, beginning in 2006, last operating under that call in 2012. There are some links to photographs and videos from our activities during those years.
In 2013, we switched to K7D and moved to the Goldfield Ghost Town, behind the church at the north end of town on February 23.
The Mayor of Goldfield Ghost Town suggested a better place than where we were originally looking, up on a hill and with many people around. We might actually do more public contact during our K7D Special Event operation than we did at the museum as W7W in past years.
We do, however, need to tell the general public with better signage what we are doing. Last year we had references to "K7D," whatever that is, and "ARRL," whatever that is. We need to communicate with the public with some signage about this being an amateur radio station capable of communicating with people around the world using the call sign K7D, perhaps.
Goldfield Ghost Town Pictures February 23 K7D
2007 W7W Pictures from Lost Dutchman Days
Larry, WD0AKX, has a slide show of our 2007 W7W Lost Dutchman Days special event operation at Superstition Mountain Museum on YouTube.
A few links
Our gathering spot February 22, 2014.
The call sign K7D, which stands for K-7-Dutchman.
Silent Key Harold Newman, KD7VK was a spark plug in organizing past years' W7W Lost Dutchman events for the Superstition ARC, and we dedicate K7D in his honor.
We will likely repeat the frequencies the Club used for K7D in our 2013 operation. If we do, then we will be using the following list carried over from last year.
The ARRL asks for four exact frequencies, allowing plus-or-minus 20 kHz. Listen for K7D on:
Digital frequencies: 28.045 24.915 21.045 14.045 10.115 7.045 3.545
147.12/449.60/KB7KWK-L EchoLink Linked Repeater system can be used for asking us where we are on HF.
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