At the stroke of midnight (Eastern time) on January 1, 2014, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT, took to the airwaves with the special ARRL Centennial call sign W100AW.
ARRL Chief Executive Officer Dave Sumner, K1ZZ and Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, were at the helm through the wee hours of the New Year’s Day morning. Daylight hours saw Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q; Chief Operations Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B; Membership and Volunteer Programs Assistant Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ; Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko; KX9X and QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, taking their turns at the operating positions. By mid-afternoon there were several thousand contacts in the log on SSB, CW and RTTY.
“This is just the beginning,” said Sean Kutzko, KX9X. “Hams will hear W100AW throughout 2014 on every mode possible. When you hear us, spot us on the cluster!”
W100AW contacts will be uploaded to Logbook of The World. Postal QSLs will be acknowledged as well.