The NIST Radio Station WWV 100-Year Anniversary Celebration is now open for any participants interested in attending.
You read that right. You can attend the October 1, 2019 anniversary ceremony, but must complete a registration by September 24, next Tuesday.
If you would like to attend the 100th anniversary ceremony, eat the official cake, and listen to some (IMHO) good talks about the History of WWV by Glenn Nelson, a presentation by Phil Erickson and HamSCI, as well as hear comments from NIST director Dr. Walter Copan, then please go to the NIST registration portal:
There is a limit of 100 attendees for the event.
Be aware that NIST recognizes the REAL ID Act of 2005, and requires State IDs that are REAL ID compliant to enter Federal Facilities. In classic government vagueness NIST does say that all states are currently compliant, but says nothing about the actual IDs issues by states. If you have the circled star on your license/ID, you are current.
THIS SPECIAL REGISTRATION APPLIES TO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY ONLY on the morning of October 1, 2019.
If you are an operator and have indicated you plan to attend a different tour time other than Tuesday morning, October 1, YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE THIS REGISTRATION!
The Festival of Frequency Measurement:
Calling all amateur radio stations, shortwave listeners, and others interested in calibrating their equipment and/or capable of making HF frequency measurements--celebrate the 100th anniversary of WWV by participating in frequency calibration and measurement!
Get in the spirit of the event and be an active participant in the special event station by visiting the Festival of Frequency Measurement page and learning more...
ONE week to go . . .
Fort Collins, September 19, 2019:
With only 8 days until we go on the air, we are now in scramble mode, and even with the best planning, there are always unforeseen twists . . .
The staff at WWV has been busy getting ready for their October 1, 2019 ceremony and a visit from the Gathersburg, Maryland and Boulder, Colorado research labs. They have been kind enough to help us with site preparation and logistics, and we are excited to get started!
Here’s what’s happening from September 28 to October 2, 2019:
The world’s oldest radio station, WWV, turns 100 years on October 1, 2019, and we are celebrating!
From September 28 through October 2, 2019, the Northern Colorado ARC and WWV ARC, along with help from RMHam, FCCW, and operators from across the country, are planning 24-hour operations of special event station WW0WWV on CW, SSB and digital modes. Operations will shift between HF bands following normal propagation changes and will include 160m and 6m meteor scatter. We will be operating right at the WWV site and face a challenging RF environment.
NIST - No (wide open) Open-House on October 1 (updated September 19):
The WWV Committee has recently learned that the original plans of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to hold an open-house on the anniversary October 1, 2019, have changed. Due to a number of reasons, the scope of the formal celebration will be limited to only 100 participants.
As of September 16, NIST is accepting registration for anyone interested in attending the ceremony, as explained, above. Those who would like to attend should follow the link at the top of this page to the NIST Conference Registration portal.
Outreach to the Fort Collins Community:
The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is partnering with WW0WWV to share the magic of Amateur Radio with Fort Collins on Sunday, September 29, 2019. An amateur station will be operating all morning, and also making scheduled contacts with WW0WWV right in front of the museum.
Museum guests will have a chance to talk over the air to the hams at WWV, get to ask questions about WWV and radio in general, and even experience a little Morse code fun. If you’re there for a contact with WW0WWV, you may even get your own QSL card.
If you would like a similar experience for your community, please contact the WWV Committee using the School and Museum contact form via the links in the Main Menu.
Please visit our Facebook (@WWV100) and Twitter (@WWV_100) pages and follow us on social media!
NCARC, WWV ARC, RMHAM, FCCW, and our operators from across the country are looking forward to the end of September and the privilege of celebrating WWV turning 100.
This project is being helped with support from Elecraft, Flex Radio, SteppIR, Heil Sound, The Great Outdoors RV here in Colorado, and the Poudre Valley REA. Their generous loans of radios, amplifiers, antennas, headsets, and trailers, as well as general financial support for the WWV Centennial Celebration and the WW0WWV special event station is invaluable.
VOLUNTEERS are welcome and we are accepting help with set-up and tear-down of the operations site. The main days will be Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, for antenna installation, Wednesday and Thursday, September 25 and 26 for camp set-up, and October 3 and 4 for site tear-down. Please submit a Volunteer/Equipment Form found under the Main Menu if you are interested.