The July 4th weekend ushered in another contest for Ham Radio enthusiasts. The 13 Colonies Special Event runs from July 1 to July 7th. http://www.13colonies.us

The state in which an original colony was located has a radio station. There was also a station in Philadelphia as well as a station originating in Great Britain.

The object is simple, contact all 13 plus the 2 bonus.

For the third year in a row the Woodchucks completed a "Clean Sweep" making contacts with all 13 colony stations plus the bonus station In Philadelphia.

Chuck, K8CVM also achieved a "Clean Sweep"

The  station in Great Britain is difficult to contact however one of my Ham friends in Munson, Ohio accomplished it a few year back.

The colony stations operate in the phone portion as well as the digital portions of the bands during the event. The Woodchuck contacts were made in the phone portion of the band on 20 and 40 meters. We also made a contact on 80 meters as well

I would like to operate in the digital portions not just for this event but Field Day as well. During Field Day, digital contacts get double points for each contact.

The colony stations can be located by simply dialing around the bands or if you are lazy then look them up on a spotter program. I used DX Summit this weekend which is a website devoted to station spotting.

Stations who have previously worked the contest stations post their frequency on the spotter page.

Participants receive a certificate from the sponsors after their contacts are verified. The Woodchuck contacts were made with the equipment in the cement tent. The club radio, Kenwood 440S along with the Cobra Multiband wire antenna and the Cushcraft 10, 15 and 20 meter beam were used.

It was an enjoyable contest and hopefully some new people will give it a try next year.