Route 66 Event – Work all 21 stations!

The 2016

Route 66  On The Air Event will be

September 10 – September 18 2016

Background on Route 66 On The Air Special Event

This year marks the 17th year of this great radio event. Originally started by the Northern Arizona DX Association, it was a way to allow amateur radio operators a fun way to “Relive the Ride.” They also can relive their own memories of Route 66, and get to celebrate the highway’s rich history in making the U.S. what it is today.

Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club (CBARC) in San Bernardino, CA took over the event a couple years later and has grown into one of the best special amateur radio events each year.

Amateur radio clubs using special 1×1 callsigns operate from cities on or near the route from coast to coast. Hundreds of operators worldwide aim to contact as many radio operators as possible who would like to take part in this annual event.

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Background on “ The Mother Road”

U.S. Highway 66 was established in 1926, was the first major improvement to link the west coast with the nations heartland.

Through stories, songs and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America.

However, the demise of Route 66 began in the 1950’s as the U.S. began it’s interstate highway system, and the highway was officially decommissioned in 1986. Today, small portions of the U.S. Highway 66 still exist in towns and rural areas in several states.


Hz 80M 40M 30M 20M 17M 15M 12M 10M 6M
CW 3.533 7.033 10.110 14.033 18.080 21.033 24.900 28.033 50.033
SSB 3.866 7.266 N/A 14.266 18.164 21.366 24.966 28.466 50.166
DIGI. 3.580 7.070 10.140 14.070 18.100 21.070 24.920 28.120 N/A

QSL Card Request Guidelines

To request a QSL card from any of the participating Route 66 stations you must following the instructions below:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. When requesting a QSL card from any of the participating stations, you must include a SASE with your request.  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.
  4. Independent stations operating as “Mobile 66” may at their discretion issue a QSL card, ask them on the air for any QSL information.
  5. WE DO NOT SUGGEST using a QSL bureau within the U.S. due to delays in the bureaus forwarding the cards, as it can take several months to forward your request


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