A Special Event celebrating the 300th broadcast of Ham Nation hits the ham bands May 24-31, 2017. Ham Nation hosts and after-show net control operators are presenting the event. Besides the on-air event, they encourage you to enter the summer-long Ham Nation Challenge.
Ham Nation is an audio and video podcast that is broadcast live on the internet channel TWiT.tv. Hams can view the program at 9:00 p.m. eastern time every Wednesday evening.
Hams can earn a Ham Nation 300 certificate by working six of the nine Special Event callsigns. They can receive a Clean Sweep certificate by working all nine 1×1 callsigns. Commemorative QSL cards are also available. Hams must send their QSL Card and an SASE to each station.
Contact the stations on any band. You may look up the details and rules for the on-air event on the QRZ page of the nine 1×1 callsigns in the table below. Check the QRZ.com pages frequently as we update them often.
The on-air event begins at 0300Z on May 25th and ends at 0500Z on June 1.
Software collates logs from all nine special event stations. Users download certificates and print them at home or at a self service photo shop.
The Ham Nation Challenge ends August 31, 2017. Hams may earn one of three certificates. Scoring 300 to 499 points will earn you a bronze challenge certificate. If you score 500 to 599 points you will receive a silver certificate. A score of 600 or more of the possible 750 points in the challenge will get you a Gold certificate. Hams receiving the top three scores appear on Ham Nation in September.
Hams earn challenge points by completing simple tasks like … submitting a chat room question; submitting a video or shack photo for broadcast or scoring a “selfie” with a host or net control operator.
By completing the more challenging tasks hams earn more points. More difficult tasks include … becoming a Volunteer Examiner; upgrading their amateur license or earning their WAS or DXCC. A complete list of the challenge tasks appears in the table below.
If you have questions about this event you may send an email to HamNation300@gmail.com. If you are talking about this event on social media we encourage you to use the hashtag “#HamNation300”.
Special Event Station Callsigns and Operators
Ham Nation Hosts Using Personal Callsigns
Digital Mode Operators Using Personal Callsigns
Ham Nation Challenge Tasks and Points Awarded
|10||Submit a chat room question or email Amanda a question that gets used on the show||2||20|
|25||Participate in a contest||2||50|
|25||Participate in a public service event||1||25|
|50||Obtain a Technician license or upgrade your license (must be earned after May 1st)||1||50|
|25||Become a Volunteer Examiner or an instructor||1||25|
|10||Work a HamNation300 1X1 special event station||9||90|
|10||Work a HamNation300 special event host station||4||40|
|10||Work a HamNation300 digital mode special event stations||4||40|
|10||Work a HamNation300 special event or wildcard stations on RTTY, JT65 or PSK31||3||30|
|10||Check into a Ham Nation after-show net||3||30|
|10||Submit a Show Me Your Shack photo to Dale for the video segment||2||20|
|25||Submit a ham radio related video that Dale uses on the video segment||1||25|
|25||Build an antenna or kit based on one of George or Randy’s videos||2||50|
|10||“Like” the Ham Nation Facebook Page||1||10|
|35||Earn your DXCC Award (completed after May 1st)||1||35|
|35||Earn your WAS Award (completed after May 1st)||1||35|
|25||Earn a Clean Sweep Certificate for working all nine 1×1 callsigns during on-air event||1||25|
|25||Work all four show hosts during on-air event||1||25|
|25||Become a certified weather spotter||1||25|
|10||Publish a “selfie” with a show host using the hashtag #HamNation300||7||70|
|10||Publish a “selfie” doing something ham radio related using the hashtag #HamNation300||3||30|
|10||Tie-Breaker: Publish a “selfie” with Dr. Tamitha Skov||1||10|
On-Air Event Rules
- Event starts at 0300Z on May 25, 2017 and end at 0500Z on June 1, 2017
- The event cover all bands, all modes
- Any Special Event Station or Show Host may be contacted during the event
- Special Event stations and Show Hosts will operate at random times.
- Operators will Tweet, post on Ham Nation Facebook page and announce on spotting network when on air
- Working a minimum of six of the nine 1×1 callsigns qualifies for a Certificate
- You may substitute one contact with a Show Host for one of the six 1×1 callsigns required for a certificate
- Working all nine 1×1 callsigns earns you a Clean Sweep certificate
- Callsigns of participating Show Hosts are: K9EID, WB6NOA, W5JDX and K7AGE
- Special Event QSL cards will be available from each Special Event Station
- A personal QSL card may be available from participating Show Hosts
- A SASE required to receive QSL card from Special Event stations and Show Hosts
- Technician class hams can earn a digital certificate by completing two contacts in any of the four modes