The good folks who take care of the USS IOWA have agreed to let us prestage our equipment for the BSA JOTA event on Saturday.
So, Friday afternoon I'll be lugging my semi-portable satellite antennas and radio gear down to the IOWA. One of my friends has graciously offered to come by Radio Central here and help me load the big stuff into his truck, and then bring it all back Saturday afternoon.
We're expecting about FIVE HUNDRED Boy Scouts, plus their family and friends to swing by. Besides activating the IOWA with her new callsign for the first time, we're also going to tray and connect with the MISSOURI, WISCONSIN, and NEW JERSEY on the HF ("shortwave") radio frequencies.
This will be the first time ever that all four IOWA-class ships are on-the-air on Amateur Radio frequencies at the same time.
Just got an email that the Wisconsin won't be able to be an-the-air with us as they don't quite have their Radio Room space finished.
They're going to be on-the-air the weekend of the 7th to 9th of December for the anniversary of Pearl Harbor..