All rules and regulations come directly from the coordinating club of the event, the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club. This information is provided for informational purposes only. Questions should be directed to their support system. They do a fantastic job each year with putting on this anticipated event. We encourage you to check them out!
Below is a basic suggestion of operating frequencies for each band and mode. While it is not required to make a contact with a W6 station on these frequencies, you’ll find most activity to be centered around these frequencies and expanding out depending on condition and frequency use.
Please note that all efforts will be made to avoid any interference on adjacent frequencies and other stations using these frequencies during the event. However, with band conditions and other factors beyond our control, some interference may occur and we apologize if that happens. Please continue to try and work all stations through the week as conditions change!
CBARC encourages all participating stations to work as many bands as possible. However, not all stations may have the capabilities to work all of the shown bands. It is also suggested that each participating station attempt to work the 80 meter band for those “close in” stations, if possible. Please have patience when working the event as band conditions, QRM, and location may affect the stations ability to communicate with everyone.
Participating stations do their own time scheduling of operation. Since this is a weeklong event, not all participating stations will have the personnel to operate all the event hours. CBARC asks for your patience in contacting all the stations. If you don’t hear them on for a period of time, check back again a little later. All participating stations are doing the best they can to insure that you are able work them all during the timeframe of the event.
For W6R specifically, you can find a schedule of known operation times here: W6R Operating Schedule
RT66 Mobile and Repeater Operations
Any amateurs operating while actually driving along Route 66 during the special event period are encouraged to take part in the event, by using the designation “Mobile 66” for phone or /m66 for CW after their callsign. All other amateurs are welcome to contact these mobile operators. Some of the participating stations will also be operating this event by using their local VHF/UHF repeaters. Check the ARRL repeater guide and the stations website (if any) for possible repeater frequencies if you’re in their local area. Or, visit our local information page here: RT66 OTA! Clubs and Freqs
NOTE: W6S AND W6T ARE THE ONLY OFFICIAL EVENT ROVER/MOBILE STATIONS THAT WILL BE ENDORSED ON THE EVENT CERTIFICATE.
QSL Request Guidelines
To request a QSL card from any of the participating Route 66 stations please read and follow the instructions below:
- Each station, at their discretion, is processing their own QSL cards. Therefore, you must send your request along with your QSL card and a SASE directly to the station you wish to receive a card from.
- The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club (CBARC) is the host for the Route 66 On The Air event. However, it is not a forwarding service or QSL bureau. CBARC will NOT forward any QSL cards that are addressed to any other station. CBARC will only process requests that are addressed to their own event callsign.
- When requesting a QSL card from any of the participating stations you must include a SASE. If a SASE is not included, it will be at the discretion of each participating stations whether or not to send their QSL card back to the requesting person.
- Independent stations operating as “Mobile 66” may, at their discretion, issue a QSL card. Ask them on the air for any QSL information if you would like to receive one.
- We do not suggest using a QSL bureau within the U.S. due to delays in the bureaus forwarding the cards. It can take several months to forward your request!
For a list of the QSL routing addresses of each participating Route 66 OTA! station, please visit the Clubs and Freqs page here: RT66 OTA! Clubs and Freqs
NOTE: QSL card mailing time is at the discretion of each participating station. If there is a problem with a station’s QSL card, please contact them directly. CBARC is not responsible for other clubs QSL cards.
All information contained on this page body is credit of the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club – W6JBT.org