70 Years of Science Discovery


This past week I participated in BNLARC’s Brookhaven National Laboratory’s 70th Anniversary Special Event from 7/16 to 7/21. BNL’s 70 Years of Scientific Discovery started with an open house for families and children on 7/16. The radio club was on site with both a SSB and CW station during the operating hours. During the rest of the week the event operated from various locations.

Although the HF bands were poor this past week I managed to make about 100 contacts. For the first time I also worked some of the event on DMR and received a great response from the guys I worked on 3100 (nationwide).

I also set up a QRZ page for those interested in getting our full page certificate.

70 Years Of Discovery_Certificate

Some interesting facts about Brookhaven National Laboratory:

  •  Served as army base for two world wars
  •  Hosted Irwin Berlin (Yip Yip Yaphank was the song)
  •  First peace time nuclear reactor (1950 Brookhaven Graphite Reactor)
  •  Developed the two common radio isotopes (technetium 99M and thallium 201) used in medicine today
  • First synctron accelerator (1953 Cosmotron Accelerator)
  • First Nobel Prize winner in 1957 followed by 6 more
  • 1958 First video game, Tennis (aka pong)
  • 1961 First PET scanner for medical use
  • 1967 developed the leading drug for Parkinson’s disease treatment, L-dopa
  • 1958 Maglev (magnetic levitation) patented
  • 1975 started producing radioisotopes for the northeast, still a major supplier
  • 1979 proved UV-a and UV-B lead to cancers of the skin:
  • Current studies include: 1) Radiation studies preparing for travel to mars, 2) more efficient catalysts, 3) fuel cells, 4) photovoltaic solar cells, 5) biofuels, 6) batteries
  • A 32 megawatt solar farm on 200 acres for production and study to improve efficiencies

Click HERE to find out more about the history of Brookhaven National Laboratory…

2012 New York QSO Party

4th Anniversary Special Event

The help celebrate the 4h Anniversary of the New York QSO Party, several New York stations will be signing Special 1×1 call signs during the 2012 New York QSO Party, October 20-21, 2012.

Those calls, will be spelling out “NYQSO Party”, which coincidentally, has 9 letters!

The Special 1×1 call signs and the stations activating them are:

  • W2N (WN2IHJ), N2N (NY2NY), K2N (K2CZ) (N2Y (N2CU)
  • N2Q (K2DB), K2Q (K2QB), W2Q (AD2TM)
  • K2S (N2TEE), N2S (N2SAB)
  • K2O (WB2ABD), N2O (W2CS), W2O (AB3CX)
  • N2P (WB2OQQ), K2P (K2UC)
  • K2A (K2QO/K2ZR), W2A (K2ARM)
  • W2R (W2RR/WA2AOG), K2R (K2IZ), N2R (N2ZN)
  • N2T (KC2VMP), K2T (K2TV), W2T (W2TZ)
  • W2Y (KC2QLJ), K2Y (KN2Y)

The stations will be operating CW,RTTY and SSB and are being hosted at single and multi-op stations around the state.

There will be special awards for working all 9 1×1 call signs listed above (and only those 1×1 call signs). You may work them single mode, mixed mode, or once on CW, once on RTTY and once on Phone!

Plaques will be awarded to the first station to work all special NYQP 1×1 Call signs (on CW, RTTY and Phone).

Certificates will be e-mailed to any station contacting any of the special 1×1 call signs listed above.

Submitted NYQP logs will be used to determine award winners.

You can also subscribe to the New York QSO Party Mailing list at by sending us a request at info@nyqp.org

 Thanks and we look forward to your participation in the 2012 New York QSO Party; 1400Z, Oct 20 to 0200Z, Oct 21, 2012


Brent Hungate KC2QLJ -NYQP Coordinator

Paul Mackanos  K2DB -NYQP Advisor