Background on "The Mother Road"
US Highway 66 established in 1926, was the first major improved highway to link the west coast with the nations heartland. Through stories, songs, and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America. However, the demise of Route 66 began in the 1950's as the US began building it's interstate highway system, and the highway was officially decommissioned in 1986. None the less, small portions of the US Highway 66 still exist in towns and rural areas in several states.
The Special Event
The purpose of this event is a way to offer amateur radio operators a fun way to "Relive the Ride" and their own memories of Route 66, and to celebrate the highway's 84th anniversary. For this we present:
The Thirteenth Annual "Route 66 On The Air" Special Event.
Amateur Radio Clubs using 1 X 1 call signs will operate from 17 cities, 1 rover and 1 mobile stations along the highway during the special event period, 10th September (00:00:00z) through 18th September (24:00:00z) aiming to contact as many amateur radio operators as possible who would like to take part in this annual event.
Suggested Operating Frequencies
Special event stations are likely to be found somewhere in the vicinity of the following frequencies. (Look for digital modes in the standard band segments for such mode) All Frequencies +/- QRM
Route 66 Mobile and Repeaters
Any amateurs operating while actually driving along Route 66 during the special event period are encouraged to take part in Route 66 On The Air, by using the designation "mobile 66" for Phone or "/m66" for CW after their call signs. All other amateur radio operators are welcome to contact these mobile operators.
Some of the participating clubs will also be operating this event from their local VHF/UHF repeaters. Check the ARRL repeater guide for possible repeater frequencies if your in the local are