AUBURN – True to its mantra – “When all else fails, amateur radio works” – the Northeastern Indiana Amateur Radio Association operated the special station K9A during the usual period of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg festival celebration on the weekend of the labor Day.
This year’s festival has been canceled due to COVID-19.
Jeff DeLucenay-KB9QG, project chair, explained, “Although amateur radio stations are not permitted to advertise, the FCC allows special event stations to recognize and promote activities, services or events of a historical or particularly attractive nature. A special call sign is issued for a limited time to identify the station.
Seventeen NIARA members promoted the 64th anniversary of the festival and the 120th anniversary of the Auburn Automobile Co. to 1,707 fellow enthusiasts. The people who answered the calls were in 30 countries plus the 50 states of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guantanamo Bay.
“It is estimated that respondents represent about 10 percent of the total who hear our station. On this basis, we are delighted to have presented the annual ACD festival to some 17,000 radio amateurs around the world, ”said Jack Dold-W9OWO, NIARA Public Information Officer.
This is the fourth year of operation of the amateur station K9A. Successful radio contacts are eligible to receive a special QSL (confirmation) card and an enrolled certificate bearing the color rendering of the official ACD Festival poster.