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SPECIAL EVENT 2019-2020: LIBERATION COMMEMORATION OF THE NETHERLANDS

 

Who are we? 

We are a club of radio amateurs who commit ourselves annually for the Jota with the call PA3EFR/J. We are a Plus-Scout Group (Fellowship) and have no fixed base. Because each member has his own equipment, we can set up a HAM  radio station wherever we want. We support scouting groups who would like to run Jota and we have resources in  to implement and support this global event.

During the General Members Meeting (GMM) in 2018, the question came up what kind of events we could do in the future. And a great plan came to life.

What was this cunning plan?      

Apart from the Jota, we are also active at events that we organize ourselves. This great idea that emerged from the GMM was to organize an event around the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. The liberation of, among others, the Netherlands started on June 6, 1944 in Normandy. The idea was to follow a unit along the liberation route from Normandy to finally the liberation of The Netherlands on 5 May 1945 in Wageningen.

After some study the idea came to follow the route of the American 82nd Airborne Division. This Division was dropped on June 6 in St. Mere Eglise during the execution of Operation Overlord (Operation Detroit). They have also been deployed in Bastogne and Grave. We will follow the route from the planning phase in the Dover Castle, through to the landings in St. Mere Eglise (Utah Beach), and via the battles around Bastogne and Grave. Eventually we end our trip in Wageningen where the liberation was established and where we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of liberation on 5 May 2020.

How do we do this?

Our idea is to be operational under the call PA82AD from the locations that the 82ND Airborn Division have visited. We will be on the air as close as possible to the date of the operationas 75 years before. The objective is to make QSO's mainly on HF. We will certainly try to reach the USA in order to honor the American 82ND Airborne Division.

For every location a special QSL card is designed. It not only shows the call sign and compulsary prefix of the country of transmission; it also depicts the location of the 82nd Airborne Division activities 75 years before with our waving flag.

 


 

On 10th May 2019 the station will transmit from the White Cliffs of Dover from the former Communications Centre that was established to prepare for D-Day and execute coordination of D-Day.

G/PA82AD will end operations on 12 May 2019.

   
 

On 5th June 2019 the station will transmit from the Utah Beach in Normandie, France. This was the beach on which the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division landed start their liberation campaign of Europe in 1944.

F/PA82AD will end operations on 9th June 2019.

  
   
   

On 7th December 2019 the station will transmit from the town of Bastogne, Bastenake in Dutch, Belgium. As part of the Ardennes Offensive heavy battles were fought by the 82nd Airborne Division.

ON/PA82AD will end operations on 8th December 2019.

   
 

On 21th March 2020 the station will transmit from Grave, The Netherlands. This was an important town for Operation Market Garden in March 1945.

PA82AD will end operations on 22nd March 2020 from Grave.

  
   
   

On 4th May 2020 the station will transmit from Wageningen, The Netherlands. In this town, hotel De Wereld, the capitulation was signed by the Germans 75 years before.

PA82AD will end operations on 5th May 2020. from Wageningen.

The QSL-card is twofold with explanatory information on the inside of the card.

   

 

 

After completing QSO's with all the abpove mentioned stations, the QSL-cards form a Radio Certificate. It is depicted in the following specimen:

 

 

Per date 17th January 2019:

There are some friends who had the idea to support this activity and made a donation. Our special thanks are going out to Gerard Laumen who was the first to do this. A big left hand to him from our team.

The first station, Dover, is getting ready to talk details of the setup, whilst contact has been made with our hosts at Utah Beach, Bastogne and the Dutch locations. Time flies and we are well on the way to get organized in transport, QTH-layouts and loads of other stuff. We are eager to get rolling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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