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Dec 7, 2016

Radio Rabbits Spend Weekend on Submarine

SS-310 USS Batfish

Members of the Atlanta Rabbits Amateur Radio Club joined the USS Batfish Amateur Radio Club aboard the USS Batfish to work amateur radio stations using the WW2SUB call sign for the Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Weekend.

Category: General
Posted by: W5BFF

December 7, 2016 

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.  Pearl Harbor Day was commemorated over the past weekend with amateur radio special events scheduled in various parts of the country.  Cody Goodson N5GNR, Dylan Goodson N5APP, and Kyle Wayne Goodson N5KWG was able to participate in the commemoration in a unique way:  they spent the weekend aboard the USS Batfish, dubbed the most deadly submarine in World War II.  

L to R:  Dylan Goodson N5APP (freshman 14 yrs old), Kyle Wayne Goodson N5KWG (4th grade 9 years old), and
Cody Goodson N5GNR (sophomore 16 years old)

The USS Batfish had an impressive combat record in World War II, being credited with 3 confirmed Japanese submarines sunk within 76 hours (and a fourth unconfirmed), in addition to sinking 14 Japanese ships.  After the Batfish was struck from the US Navy registry, the submarine was relocated to the Muskogee War Memorial Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1972.  

The museum is home to the USS Oklahoma Memorial.  The USS Oklahoma was a battleship sunk by the Japanese during the attacks on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.  The ship was raised, but subsequently sank again during transport.  The largest piece of the USS Oklahoma that was recovered now rests in a display at the museum adjacent to the Batfish.

"We heard about the USS Batfish when we met Emmett Hohensee W0QH at HamCom in Irving, Texas, earlier this year," said Jerry Goodson W5BFF.  Jerry is the father of the three boys that founded the Atlanta Rabbits Amateur Radio Club, and is currently the club license trustee.  Emmett is the chief engineer for Radio Wavz, an antenna company owned by his wife.  "We drove four hours to Muskogee and I dropped the boys off and came home," Jerry continued.  "I wanted to get home so I could make a contact with the boys on the submarine."

Yesterday, Emmett spoke about some of the activities on the submarine on the W5KUB podcast.

Stations physically transmitting from the Batfish used the club call sign WW2SUB.  Stations not on the sub used the USS Oklahoma Memorial club call sign WW2OK.  

The Atlanta Rabbits Amateur Radio Club brought an ICOM IC-7200 that was interfaced to a Panasonic Toughbook CF-27 running the N3FJP Amateur Contact Log.  The transceiver and laptop were powered by an Astron 50amp power supply that had Anderson Powerpoles added.  The antenna was a 20 meter Delta Loop or an 80 meter vertical loop that were set up by Batfish Amateur Radio Club members.

Coming home to Atlanta, Texas and making contact with the USS Oklahoma Memorial station WW2OK was neat enough.  However, Jerry took a video of himself making the contact while Dylan N5APP took a video of Paul Goulet KC5CYY and himself on the same contact.  After Jerry picked the boys up, he took Dylan's video and mixed it with his own.  This video allows viewing both sides of the conversation simultaneously.  The two stations are 248 driving miles, and 196 miles as the crow flies.

One of the most notable contacts made with both WW2SUB and WW2OK was from N4WIS aboard the USS Wisconsin.  The USS Wisconsin was a World War II Battleship that is on display in Norfolk, Virginia.  

Special thanks goes out to the Muskogee War Memorial Park, Paul Goulet KC5CYY, Wade Harris KF5IF, Emmett Hohensee W0QH, and Tom Medlin W5KUB.


References and Further Reading:

USS Oklahoma - Official Memorial Website

USS Batfish Official Website

WW2OK on QRZ.com

WW2SUB on QRZ.com

USS Batfish (SS-310) on Wikipedia

N3FJP Amateur Contact Log

W5KUB Amateur Radio Roundtable

USS Batfish and USS Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club - Official Website

Muskogee War Memorial Park

RadioWavz Antenna Company