Battleship Iowa crossband operation


Crossband activation of the Battleship Iowa in memory of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio  update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 02 December 2022, 1402 UTC.

Content provided by ARRL Pacific Section Manager Joseph Speroni (AH0A) and Chuck Malefyt (KH6DL).


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Here’s news about a military/amateur crossband event to allow Amateurs
(transmitting in our allocations) to QSO with the Battleship Iowa
(operating on military frequencies). At the request of the Battleship
IOWA Amateur Radio Association (BIARA) the ARRL petitioned the FCC to
grant permission for this crossband event. The FCC approved the request
December 1st, 2022.

The battleship Missouri club will be operating the event from the
Missouri. Hawaii Amateurs are encouraged to also participate and give
recognition to our military for their service to our county.

Thanks to Chuck Malefyt (KH6DL) for passing this information on.


As the representative of the National Museum of the Surface Navy at
Battleship IOWA in San Pedro, California, the Battleship IOWA Amateur
Radio Association (BIARA) will honor the sailors and ships previously
home ported in San Pedro who were attacked on December 7, 1941, with
special crossband activations of NEPM on December 6th and 7th, 2022.

When Pearl Harbor was attacked on 7 December 1941, seven of the
battleships formerly homeported in San Pedro Bay weren’t present.
Eight Pacific fleet battleships (Arizona, California, Maryland, Nevada,
Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania) were at Pearl
Harbor and absorbed the brunt of the Japanese attack. Of these eight,
three sank, one capsized, and four suffered varying degrees of damage.

With authority from the Navy and Marine Corps Spectrum Office Southwest,
we will transmit using the IOWA’s NEPM call sign on assigned military
frequencies and listen for calls from the amateur radio community in
their adjacent bands. NEPM will transmit on 14.375 MHz, 18.170 MHz, and
or 21.460 MHz on J3E/USB and or A1A/CW. The operator will advise
listeners as to where they are listening. Amateur participants are
reminded not to transmit on the NEPM military frequencies. Operations on
both days are expected to be from 1500 to 2400 UTC. QSL procedures can
be found at For specific questions in advance of the
operation, contact


ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A


SKYWARN Recognition Day, Saturday, 03 December 2022.

Mauna Kea VOAD Repeater test on Saturday, 03 December 2022, 1200-1300 UTC (146.72-MHz, PL 100.0 Hz).

The Big Island Amateur Radio Club will hold its Christmas Party on Saturday, 10 December 2022, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center.

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest is set for Saturday, 28 January 2023, 0930-1400 HST, at the Waimea Community Center. For details, contact Steve at

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section


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