Civilian Conservation Corps
Amateur Radio Ops
ccc@ qsl.net for more info

 

     The Civilian Conservation Corps came into being in the spring of 1933. It's goal was twofold: to provide needed economic relief to families suffering from the effects of the Great Depression and to protect and develop the natural resources of the United States. CCC Amateur Radio Ops strives to honor the contribution that "The Boys" of the corps made to our country and to our natural environment. As radio played a big part in how the camps communicated with each other, our goal is to put the sites of the CCC camps back on the air.

 

    How can you participate? Easy, find the location of a CCC camp in your area or one of the many public works they constructed, set up a radio and start making contacts. Be sure to let us know what camp you are activating and the company number (ex, Camp Wolverine Co# 673) and what frequencies you will be operating from so we can post it here. Join our Yahoo group to keep up to date on special events and future activations. Plan on joining up for our first (and soon to be annual) CCC On-The-Air weekend.

                                                           Contact me, KG8JK  ccc@ qsl.net for more information.


Up Coming Activations
check here to see when the next CCC camp with be on-the-air.
 

 CCC On-The-Air Weekend

 

    The first annual CCC On-The-Air weekend will be held the second full weekend in August, 2014. The event will start Saturday at 14:00z (10:00am EDT) and run until Sunday 21:00z (5:00 pm EDT).We would encourage you to activate the actual location of one of the camps however, if it is no longer accessible or you cannot get permission to set up on the site, you may operate from one of the project sites the camp worked on. Many state local parks have buildings that were constructed by the "CCC Boys" and would make a suitable place to not only honor them but also promote amateur radio at the same time.

    Our goal is to make contacts between as many of the camps as possible and to contact as many amateur radio operators as possible. This is a work in progress so any ideas would be welcome. We would like to present certificates to all groups that activate a camp and possibly certificates for anyone contacting a certain number of camps. You may want to make a QSL card for the event showcasing the CCC company that you are representing. We will attempt to post a listing of all the participating camps so be sure to let us know which camp and Co# you wish to activate.

     Each of the camps would check into a net every day to pass traffic and keep in contact with the other groups. As part of the weekend, we would like to host two nets where we could all check in and give some information on our location and set up. The first will be on Saturday on 40 meters (7.250 mhz) at 24:00z (8pm EDT) and the second Sunday on 20 meters (14.250) at 5:00z (1:00 EDT). It should be fun to see how many CCC groups we can get checked in to the nets.

 

Suggested Frequencies

     These are the frequencies I would like to use for the the CCCOTA Weekend (and for any independent activations). We will try and focus our activity around these (keeping in mind any established band plans). These will also be our net frequencies (mostly 80m and 40m). If you are wanting to run VHF or UHF use the simplex calling frequencies. Run any digital modes (PSK31, SSTV, etc) according to the band plan established for those modes.

CW

3.550
7.050
14.050
21.050
28.050

PH

3.950
7.250
14.250
21.250
28.350

Links

    Camp List - a list of camps by state, courtesy of CCC Legacy

    Civilian Conservation Corps and the AARS - a nice article by AD7MI about the role of amateur radio in the CCC

    Photos and Memories - send in your photos and CCC memories and we will try and post them here.

    The Amplifier - a bulletin issued by the Net Control Station of District H, CCC - courtesy of W4FOK (SK). Lots of great information about the CCC radio Nets and even plans for the antenna many of the camps used