From April through October the Red Oak Victory hosts a Pancake Breakfast one Sunday of each month. Come enjoy a hearty breakfast in a lovely outdoor setting aboard the deck of the Red Oak, and your $6 donation (children 5 and under free) will help raise money for the restoration of the ship. This year's (2009) remaining dates are:
June 21
August 9
September 13
October 11
All dates are Sundays.

An occasion we look forward to each year is the Museum Ships Amateur Radio Weekend. Originally conceived and organized by the USS Salem's Amateur Radio Club, the annual 48-hour event is now sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey ARC and participation grows every year. Often there are nearly 100 museum ships around the world that fire up their radios to make contacts with each other and all interested amateur radio operators. Many, like the Red Oak, are using their original WWII-era radios as well as some contemporary ham gear.

The purpose of an amateur radio special event is to give exposure to, or commemorate someone or something historical that is tied to the location of a specific amateur radio club. For example, the Southern Vermont Amateur Radio Club has an event to celebrate the American victory at the Battle of Bennington in 1777. The scope of the Museum Ships Special Event is obviously more broad both in the extent of the geography that is covered (worldwide) and the nature of the museum ships involved (everything from a railcar/passenger ferry on Lake Michegan to a World War II battleship in Pearl Harbor).

With anywhere from a few hundred to over 1,000 contacts each year we have an opportunity to talk to many people about the Red Oak Victory during this event and extend its reach to people that would not have a chance to make a personal visit. The enthusiasm for museum ships among the amateur radio community is well evidenced by the number of contacts we make. And without exception, the people we speak to show a genuine interest in the history of our ship. Many have stories of their own to relate about working in the ship yards or sailing aboard a Victory ship during the War. In addition to our long-distance contacts we are able to talk to dozens of hams in the Bay Area. All are encouraged to come take a tour, and to bring their children and grandchildren.

ROVARC members have also activated stations on other museum ships in the San Francisco Bay Area including the Lightship Relief and USS Potomac, both at the Port of Oakland.

All in all it's a rewarding experience for the ROVARC members who participate and the many people around the country and the world who we contact on the air. And ultimately it provides some exposure to the ongoing work being done to restore the Red Oak Victory and create a fine museum for people of all ages to enjoy. We look forward to participating in this annual event every year.

Radio contacts on Museum Ships Weekend are not merely an exchange of callsigns as in a contest. We like to provide information about the ROV and also let the people we talk to relate their memories of the historic ships of WWII and the people who built and served aboard them. Here are three representative examples of contacts recorded during the Museum Ships Weekend of 2009.

2009 Museum Ships Special Event Log Book
2008 Museum Ships Special Event Log Book
2007 Museum Ships Special Event Log Book
2006 Museum Ships Special Event Log Book
2005 Museum Ships Special Event Log Book
2004 Museum Ships Special Event Log Book
2003 Museum Ships Special Event Log Book
2002 Museum Ships Special Event Description
2002 Museum Ships Special Event Log Book
2001 Museum Ships Special Event Description
2001 Museum Ships Special Event Log Book

Every Wednesday Morning
10:30am Pacific Time
7.245 MHz (LSB)
Net Control: K6HQN, Andy Draghi
of the SS Lane Victory

The ROVARC Club Station, K6YVM, is usually on the air for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veteran's Day at various times on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters SSB.

ROVARC welcomes participation in special events by licensed amateur radio operators. The purpose of any event is to publicize the Red Oak Victory via amateur radio. Past visitor operations have included the California QSO Party and a low power, CW, maritime contest. Operators bring their own equipment and are responsible for their QSL cards. Overnight operations will be considered as there are a few staterooms available for berthing. If you are interested in working an event from onboard the Red Oak Victory please contact Gary Elliott, WA6KCP, for more information.