Centralia mine fire anniversary special event station

Walter J. Skavinsky (KB3SBC)

The Education Alliance for Amateur radio (KE3AAR) will be operating a special event station on May 22, 2021 in recognition of the 59th Anniversary of the Centralia, Pennsylvania mine fire.  The stations call sign will be W3C and the operation that day will be portable from a location in the Borough of Centralia.  
The Centralia mine fire is a coal-seam fire that has been burning underneath the borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania, United States, since at least May 27, 1962. Its original cause is still a matter of debate. It is burning in underground coal mines at depths of up to 300 feet (90 m) over an 8-mile (13 km) stretch of 3,700 acres (15 km2). At its current rate, it could continue to burn for over 250 years. It has caused most of the town to be abandoned: the population dwindled from around 1,500 at the time the fire started to 5 in 2017, and most of the buildings have been razed. (1)
Operation will be sequential on 20/40/10/80 meters, using Voice, Digital (PSK31/FT-8), and D-star reflector 63B.   Operation will be from 1500 hrs UTC to 2300 Hrs UTC on May 22, 2021.      
For questions about the event please contact Bill Stauffer (KA3RMM) james.stauffer@... or Walt Skavinsky (KB3SBC) walter.skavinsky@...

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