The Amateur Radio Voice of the National WWI Museum and Memorial

The National WWI Museum and Memorial continues to partner with area amateur radio operators to host special event station WW1USA in 2021. During each event, station operators will contact hundreds of other amateur radio operators across the world. Individuals are welcome to serve as a guest operator of WW1USA at any time with all guests receiving a special amateur radio operator certificate.

2021 Operating Dates

  • May 15, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The operation dates of WW1USA often coincide with other events held at the Museum and Memorial highlighting lessons from the first worldwide war. The public is invited to share the experience by remotely participating in May and November. You can email ww1usa@theworldwar.org to answer questions about the station and amateur radio. Museum and Memorial volunteer, Charles Van Way, cvanway@kc.rr.com, can answer historical questions and provide information about the Museum and Memorial. More information is available at qrz.com/db/WW1USA.

QSL with WW1USA will be available by mail with SASE or other postage provided or via eQSL. After these special program offerings, information will be provided to request a special emailed certificate commemorating your contact with WW1USA.

Black and white photograph of a field communication wagon with unidentified members of the 89th Division gathered around it.

Past Events

Operating events from WW1USA have been very successful! During the five years of the centennial, from 2014 through 2018, we had 19 events, with some 27,000 contacts in all 50 United States, 11 of 12 Canadian provinces, and 133 countries worldwide. We acknowledged over 2500 QSL cards and sent out 5,000 certificates. As of 2021, we had 100,000 lookups on QRZ.

We have continued to operate from 2019 to the present, with 4 events in 2019 and 2020, making some 8,000 contacts. We continued during the Pandemic, operating from home and remote stations during the scheduled events in 2020 and 2021.

We are proud to support the mission of the National WWI Museum and Memorial, raising awareness of the Great War and its continuing effects today. We work to provide a positive image both for the Museum and for Amateur Radio through our activities. None of this would be possible without support from the fraternity of amateur radio operators the world over, and particularly those in the Kansas City area. The success of WW1USA is a credit to their contributions.