After the successful "AMSAT on the Queen Mary" event last December, satellite operating will make a return to the RMS Queen Mary during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend (25-27 May 2019), as part of the "Memorial Day Salute to Service" by the Queen Mary. W6RO will be on the satellites, as well as the HF bands, during these 3 days.
The Queen Mary will be honoring those who have served in the armed forces, and in particular the Queen Mary's use as a troopship during World War II. The Queen Mary, along with other cruise ships, were pressed into service to ferry Allied soldiers around the world. Along with the other activities planned on the ship, some of which are already listed on the Queen Mary's web site at:
The W6RO station, part of the Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach, will participate in these celebrations. W6RO will be on HF with stations located on the Sports Deck, near the ship's bow outside the W6RO Wireless Room. Even though satellites were still considered science fiction by many in the 1940s, W6RO will also work satellites during this event, with the support of AMSAT. The satellite operating will take place in the same area on the ship, around the Sports Deck. Satellite operations are planned for FM, SSB, and possibly the orbiting packet digipeaters. W6RO is located in the Port of Long Beach, in California's Los Angeles County. Long Beach is in grid DM03.
QSLs for contacts with W6RO will be handled according to the instructions at:
HF operators will provide a serial number with each HF contact, and this serial number needs to be included with a QSL request for those contacts. Serial numbers will *not* be required when requesting a W6RO QSL card for satellite contacts. W6RO does not participate in Logbook of the World.
Thanks to David Akins N6HHR, the manager of the W6RO Wireless Room for the Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach, for organizing the radio-related activities for the Memorial Day weekend (including the satellite operations). Thanks also to the management of the Queen Mary, for allowing the radio activities outside the W6RO Wireless Room during this event.