Limited Time (VERY limited) QSL Card on Friday, May 18th, 2012
At 8:32AM on the morning of May 18th, 1980, a small earthquake under the northern face of Mt. St. Helens, a volcanic mountain located in Washington State in the United States, began a chain of events which would lead to the worst volcanic disaster in U.S. history.
Because it was a Sunday morning and the U.S. Forest Service had closed the area around the mountain due to increasing volcanic activity, only 57 people lost their lives in this natural disaster that essentially killed everything in a 200 square mile area. Among those lost that day were Jerry Martin, W6TQF and Reid Blackburn, KA7AMF. Both were members of the Radio Amateur Emergency Service (RACES) and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). Jerry and Reid went into the field to help the U.S. Geological Service (USGS) and National Geographic Society set up remote cameras in order to make scientific observations.
It has been almost 32 years since the 1980 Eruption of Mt. St. Helens. To those of us who live in the area (I am about 30 miles south of the mountain), May 18th is a date that carries special significance. We have grown accustomed to having this volcano in our neighborhood and we visit often, thanks to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, with its visitors centers and interpretive sites.
On Friday, May 18th, 2012, I am going to be sending out a special QSL card to all those HamSphere operators I can contact between 7:32AM and 9:32AM local time. That’s 2 hours of contacts, between 1432 UTC and 1632 UTC on May 18th. I will start on a clear frequency near 28.450 Mhz and then move as activity and conditions require. You can find me on the cluster. Half-way through the 2-hour period will be the exact time, 32 years ago, that Mt. St. Helens erupted. I hope to talk to you on Friday morning and send you this special card. After these contacts are done, this card will exist no more!