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Each year, the Museum Ships Weekend Ham Radio Event gets ham radio groups to go activate museum ships and ship memorials around the US and world as a fun event to call attention to these interesting pieces of history.

The USS Narwhal is, of course, close to our hearts, but sadly it has been decommissioned and does not have a memorial for us to operate from. However, many of its near-sister ships in the Sturgeon class called the Salish Sea home. One, the USS Parche, has its sail preserved in a memorial in Bremerton which is often activated as part of MSW. Several of them are preserved in a unique public art installation called “The Fin Project: Swords Into Plowshares” in Seattle, WA, at Magnuson Park.

They (along with the non-Sturgeon ships) are:

We’ll be on the air as NR7WL on digital and (if operators permit) SSB during daylight at the site (it’s a city park, so we can’t activate it overnight), and we welcome both members and non-members to come visit, learn about ham radio, and operate!