The SFTARC is heading back to the Flint Hills on Saturday, June 8, for another operating event.
We have been invited by the Santa Fe Trail Association to participate in the dedication of a new interpretive trail, located about 6 miles east of Council Grove, KS. The new ¾ mile long Rock Creek Trail follows the ruts of the historic Santa Fe Trail wagon route. All SFTARC members are invited to participate. This would be a great event for our newly licenses General-Class operators to gain some HF operating experience.
We will be located on S 200th Rd, about ¼ mile north of Hwy 56. Our plan is to set up one or two HF stations with portable antennas, battery power and most likely a canopy overhead. The operating time is expected to be from 1 – 5 pm, coinciding with the dedication events the Santa Fe Trail Association has planned. Published operating frequencies are 7.245, 10.118, 14.280 and 18.145 MHz. In addition to being listed on the ARRL Special Event page, we will also operate as a Parks-on-the-Air station, K-4579, Santa Fe Historic Trail, US-KS. This should also be a good meet-the-public event.
The departure time from the Olathe area has not yet been firmly set, but will likely be between 9 and 10 am on Saturday. We’d expect to stop along the way for a noon meal.
We are told that some refreshments and a porta-potty will be provided. In the event of foul weather, the event will relocate to the Council Grove Recreation Center (Armory) in Council Grove.
The Santa Fe Trail Association works to promote and preserve the history of the historic Santa Fe Trail. They recently worked with the National Park Foundation to obtain funding to create the Rock Creek Trail and seven interpretive exhibits. More information is available on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/325495741654875/