Nearly a hundred years ago, on October 1, 1919, the US Department of Commerce granted a radio license to the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), call sign WWV.

On October 1, 2019, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), formerly NBS, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of this famous radio station.  The Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC -, in partnership with NIST, will operate a special events amateur radio station to commemorate this important historical and scientific event.

NIST and NCARC recently met (Feb 8,2019) and agreed on the establishment of an on-site special event radio station to operate for 5 days, September 28 through October 2, 2019.  NIST will hold a special celebration on October 1, 2019 at the WWV site to commemorate the event.

The interest in this special events station from the world-wide amateur community is anticipated to be intense.  The goal of the station will be to make as many contacts (QSOs) on the HF bands as possible during the 5-day period of operation.  A special events QSL card, or series of cards, will be produced to verify QSOs and made available through ClubLog and OQRS.

The planning committee for the event is made up of 4 members of NCARC and one employee of NIST.  This core group will plan the framework for the event and coordinate logistics and outreach. As planning for the event unfolds, various sub-committees will be formed to help distribute the workload, so if you are interested in participating, there will be ample opportunities.  If you have ideas you’d like to share or offer particular skills, please contact the organizing committee by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..