MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND
Friday, May 31 to mid-day Sunday, June 2
Destroyer Escort USS Stewart, Submarine USS Cavalla and Oil Tanker Selma
Operate from the USS Stewart or USS Cavalla
Sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station and Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club

USS Stewart DE-238

USS Cavala WWII Submarine

Operating from the Submarine

USS Stewart Radio Room

Operating from the SeaWolf park

Torpedoes in The Submarine

Stewart Radio Room

Just have some weekend fun!

Radio Operating position on the USS Stewart

Keep a log of your contacts

Submarine

Museum Ships Weekend Event

A greatly expanded event.  
7PM Friday, May 31 to Sunday afternoon, June 2.

  • Were you in the Navy?
  • Are you a Vet – any branch?
  • Have you been to sea (not including cruise liners)?
  • Are you a history buff?
  • Are you patriotic?
  • Do you like to eat?  Check out our spread!
  • Would you like to be on the “good end” of an operating pileup?
  • Do you like camaraderie with fellow hams in a relaxed, comfortable and scenic environment?

    If yes to any of these, you will really enjoy participating and operating on Museum Ships Weekend Event from 2 ships in Galveston – the Submarine USS Cavalla and the Destroyer Escort, USS Stewart.  A third station (under Houston-QRP Club call – W5MSQ – available to BVARCers) – will also be set up on the Stewart to “activate” the SS Selma, a 1919 concrete oil tanker scuttled in sight of the Stewart.  There will possibly be a 4th station.  All stations can be SSB or CW.

If you haven’t attended before, you really want to “make it happen” this year.  You are guaranteed to have an enjoyable and memorable time.  If you have attended previously or participated in a “mobilization party”, you need no convincing, especially with our expanded event.

It is only a 1-hour drive (off peak) from Meyerland or Stafford.  Also, carpools can be coordinated.

Amateur radio operators around the world set-up on, or in sight of, a museum ship or ship’s memorial: Hams worldwide make contacts with as many of them as possible.  More than 100 ships participate.  Hams that achieve 15 ship QSOs earn a nice certificate. BVARC has its own special QSL card for this event as well. 

 

Because the 2 stations activating the Stewart also activate the Cavalla, contact with either of them counts as a “twofer” (2 ships for one contact).  Demand for these makes operating our stations feel like being on a DXPedition fielding the pileups.  Because there are occasional slower times, and because the Selma is not a twofer, many opportunities exist for those who wish to operate at a more relaxed pace.

Amateur radio operators around the world set-up on, or in sight of, a museum ship or ship’s memorial: Hams worldwide make contacts with as many of them as possible.  More than 100 ships participate.  Hams that achieve 15 ship QSOs earn a nice certificate. BVARC has its own special QSL card for this event as well. 

Because the 2 stations activating the Stewart also activate the Cavalla, contact with either of them counts as a “twofer” (2 ships for one contact).  Demand for these makes operating our stations feel like being on a DXPedition fielding the pileups.  Because there are occasional slower times, and because the Selma is not a twofer, many opportunities exist for those who wish to operate at a more relaxed pace.

You will be fed well!  A “super feed,” compliments of BVARC, takes place around 6PM Saturday.  It will likely be catered with legendary Leon’s World Famous Bar-B-Que.  Several other meals, some contributary, some compliments of BVARC, as well as ongoing snacks and drinks are provided. 

You can also sleep on-board the air-conditioned Stewart Friday and/or Saturday night.  Bring a bedroll and a pillow for the bunks.  Please RSVP with Mark Janzer (see BVARC roster) before Tuesday, May 28, to get free admittance or if you sleepover.

 The website for the entire international MSWE event is at:  https://www.qsl.net/w/wa2tvs/museum/

Check for more info, directions and updates on the BVARC event at: http://bvarc.org/home/museum-ships/

EAT   –        DRINK  (SRI, no adult beverages)  –    and        MAKE . . . . . QSOS.