The Amateur Radio Voice of the National WWI Museum and Memorial

Join us on air at WW1USA during the Centennial commemoration!

The National World War I Museum and Memorial will again partner with amateur radio to host special event station WW1USA from the Museum during 2017 for the centennial of World War I, observed internationally from 2014 through 2018.

2017 Operating Dates

  • Jan. 28-29 – Unrestricted German submarine warfare resumes
  • April 29-30 – U.S. enters the war (declares war on Germany)
  • July 22-23 – Battle of Passchendaele
  • Oct. 14-15 – U.S. troops begin combat operations
Requests for electronic contact certificates for the most recent WW1USA event can be made by Nov. 12.

Organizations interested in serving as host clubs in 2017 may contact Herb Fiddick at ww1usa@theworldwar.org

The operation dates of WW1USA often coincide with other events held at the Museum highlighting lessons from the first worldwide war. The public is invited to share the experience by stopping by the station site (outdoors in the spring/summer and indoors in the winter). Amateur radio operators from the Kansas City region will be on hand to answer questions about the station and amateur radio, while Museum volunteers will be available to answer historical questions and to provide information about the Museum.

QSL with WW1USA is available by mail with SASE or other postage provided or via eQSL. On special event weekends, a link will be provided to request a special emailed certificate commemorating your contact with WW1USA.

All Amateur Radio operators who present an operator license on any of the above dates will receive $5 admission to the Museum for themselves and up to three guests.
No other discounts apply.

The previous years for WW1USA have proved to be incredibly successful! During 2014-2016 operations, WW1USA logged contacts with more than 12,500 amateurs in all 50 United States, 11 of 12 Canadian Providences, and in 60 countries worldwide. The station has replied to more than 800 QSL requests with sase and eQSL. More than 250 operators from the Kansas City region participated in the operation of WW1USA. Nearly 400 amateurs throughout the world requested and received emailed contact certificates, and lookups on QRZ.com exceeded 26,000 at the end of 2015.

These results mean that we are achieving the mission to raise awareness of the Great War centennial, furthering the National World War I Museum and Memorial's mission of teaching the history and lessons of the war, and providing a positive image of Amateur Radio and expanding awareness of it. None of this would be possible without the fraternity of amateur radio operators the world over, particularly those in the Kansas City region. The success of WW1USA is a credit to their contributions.

Miss WW1USA in past years? See what we did!