Special Event to Mark VOA’s 80th Anniversary

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Kim Elliott, who shares the following news from the Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club:

VOA 80th Anniversary Special Event

To honor this 80 year commitment, three stations have been invited by VOA to be “special event stations” in the amateur radio bands with the call signs of W3V (VOA in Washington DC), W8O (VOA Museum in West Chester, Ohio), W4A (VOA in Greenville, NC) where the suffix of the calls spell out “VOA“. This event is scheduled to start on February 19th and 20th, from 9am-5pm each day eastern time.[…]


This event will start Saturday February 19th at 9am to 5pm (Eastern Time) and go through to Sunday February 20th at 9am to 5pm, 2022 (Eastern Time).

Bands & Modes

Operating modes will be SSB, CW, Digital (FT8) on 20, 40, 80 meter bands. SSB will start at 14,280 / 7,280 / 3,880 MHz and move up or down to a clear frequency. CW frequencies will be in the CW-General portion of each band. Check DxSpots to find us at a specific time. FT8 will be on the FT8 frequencies on each band as set by WSJT-X software.


Amateur radio stations that contact the VOA stations will get an electronic QSL card via email from each special event station automatically if their email is correct on QRZ.com. An electronic Certificate will also be sent in PDF format that has contact acknowledgement and information on the stations. Stations that wish to get the paper QSL cards should contact the VOA stations directly and send SASE’s. The cards will be mailed after the event.

Click here to read the full announcement with more details.

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7 thoughts on “Special Event to Mark VOA’s 80th Anniversary

  1. TomL

    Thanks for the reminder also. I got the clean sweep of all 3 stations (actual QSO with each station). I don’t believe they mention any SWL QSL’s. They should have done so, since many SWL’ers are not ham radio operators.

    1. Carlos G. Correa

      I agree with you, Tom, especially if we consider that VOA’s biggest audience for many years in this aspect is SWL’s.
      Like you, I believe that many copied the 3 stations and are now at risk of being without the certificate.
      We can try with VOA a position on this, what do you think?

  2. Carlos G. Correa

    Dear Sirs,
    The initiative is commendable, but it is worth remembering that QRZ.com does not accept logs from SWL stations.
    It would be very appropriate to clarify how SWLs can participate.
    With my best wishes,
    Karl – PY1483SWL

  3. Gary W3GRB

    Rumor has it that one of the W3V operators will be venturing into HF for the first time. He hopes folks are patient! 😉 73 de W3GRB /AG

  4. Droumaguet

    Wonderful. Top Bad VOA is Sucy a small broadcaster on SW. Hère i Can listen a coulé or jours in thé afternoon on the 19meter bande….vthere sans a Time Shen VOA was allonger ans you coulent spend more than 30mns withiut hearing yankeedoodle. C’mon VOA turn on zone tx’s for all those show cant listen on internet, are affaire or listening on internet or who’s internet des not allons western Propaganda…

  5. Jock Elliott


    All good greetings to “cousin” Kim. We met in Washington some years ago . . . remember?

    Cheers, Jock


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