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The ARRL and the United States Power Squadrons (USPS), a national boating and educational organization, formally ratified a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on June 4, 2005 The MOU spells out areas where the two organizations can work together in educational activities of overlapping or mutual interest to their respective memberships.

Special Event Station W1AW

Operated by the United States Power Squadrons
Amateur Radio Club
With the assistance of W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q
In honor of the 100th Anniversaries of the
American Radio Relay League and the
United States Power Squadrons.
This event also commemorates
the 75th Anniversary of the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW.





This is W1AW special event station in celebration of the 100th Anniversaries of both the American Radio Relay League and the United States Power Squadrons. It also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Hiram Percy Maxim Commemorative Station,


For more information on this special event, see page 93 in the June QST magazine or check the ARRL website at Information about the United States Power Squadrons can be found on their website at

Currently we are operating on a variety of frequencies. We will be on or near the following SSB frequencies throughout the day: 28.365, 21.365, 14.265, 7.265 MHz

The United States Power Squadrons is a non-profit organization founded in February 1914 dedicated to improving maritime safety through education and community service. USPS comprises 45,000+ members in 450 squadrons throughout the United States and its territories. It is America’s largest non-profit boating organ-ization. It has been honored by three U.S. presidents for its contributions.

USPS squadrons teach a wide variety of courses from seamanship through celestial navigation. It works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and other boating safety groups. Members perform Vessel Safety Checks on recreational boats to ensure compliance with legal requirements and that the boats are safe to operate.


The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the largest membership association of amateur radio enthusiasts in the USA. ARRL is a non-profit organization founded in May 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim of Hartford, Connecticut. ARRL represents the interests of amateur radio operators before federal regulatory bodies, provides technical advice and assistance to amateur radio enthusiasts, supports a number of educational programs and sponsors emergency communications service throughout the country. The ARRL has approximately 154,000 members. In addition to members in the US, the organization claims over 7,000 members in other countries.

W1AW, currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, is both the amateur radio call sign and the primary operating station of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). This station, which is com-monly called the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, is located on the grounds of ARRL Headquarters in Newington , Connecticut. It was inspired by Maxim's 1AW callsign which predated the use of the AA-AL, K, N and W prefixes.

The original ARRL station was licensed with the callsign of W1MK and located in a National Guard building in Hartford, CT. After eight years of operation this flood plain location was destroyed by the waters of the Connecticut River in a 1936 flood. During this same year Hiram Percy Maxim, president and co-founder of the ARRL, died after serving 22 years as the organization's president. It was decided by the ARRL board of directors that a new station would be built as a memorial to their recently lost president and that the new station would assume his callsign of W1AW. On Sep-tember 2, 1938 the new station was dedicated with the ceremonies being broadcast nationally over the radio. The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station building appears much as it did when first built in 1938 and is now located next to the ARRL headquarters which was built much later, in 1963.

The USPS Amateur Radio Club wishes to thank W1AW Station Manager, Joe Carcia , NJ1Q, for all his help and support for this special event. Joe is an exceptionally talented technician for this station. We also thank ARRL for their continuing partnership with USPS. Congratulations on 100 years of service to the Amateur Radio Community.


We commemorate those who came before us:

Roger Upton

Charles Chapman Hiram Percy Maxim

We remember those USPS hams who have worked with us and are now silent keys:

Ian Campbell, WA5OFT, Little Rock AR

Bob Schloeman, WA7MOV, Phoenix, AZ

Ed Summers, KG4SZJ, Smithfield, NC

They have each contributed significantly to the success of USPS and have served as

goodwill ambassadors for Amateur Radio. We dedicate our operations to their memory.


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