CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio: Very cool idea – “Shrines on the Air” Special Event?

The other day, in reference to the conference I attended at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe near La Crosse, WI, I mentioned that it would be very cool indeed to hold a “special event” at the Shrine, perhaps for some feast of anniversary.

While I was at the Shrine, I spoke with several people about this, and they were supportive.  I could happen.

Today, I related the news to my Elmers, since this is beyond me at this stage.

One wrote back with a great idea:

How about a multi station “Shrines On Air” event featuring two (or more?) stations?

That would be very cool.

We have “Parks on the Air”.  How much cooler would it be to have “Shrines on the Air”!

I could see, for example, just in this state of Wisconsin, someone operating at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion, WI. Did you know that the National Shrine of St. Joseph is in De Pere, WI? Across the border in St. Paul, MN, is the National Shrine of St. Paul. Just to the south, at Libertyville, IL is the National Shrine of St. and Ham Radio Operator Maximilian Kolbe and further south are the National Shrines of St. Therese and of St. Jude.

There are Shrines everywhere and there are Catholic hams everywhere.  HERE

And that’s just these USA.

Perhaps a reader in Mexico could operate from the Shrine in Mexico City, or a Canadian from the Shrine of St. Anne. Speaking of St. Anne, there is a great church in Fall River and, in the Diocese of Fall River, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette.

This has some real potential.


And don’t forget ZedNet.

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  1. Count on the St. Anne’s Shrine in Fall River to be on the air.

    I’m moving a bunch of my shack up to the city next week (finally got the internet installed), so…count on us.

    Anyone else?

  2. Jeff Logullo says:

    The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville IL — that’s just a stone’s throw from here! Sounds fun. Let’s do it!

    Jeff N0?MII

  3. Jeff Logullo says:

    (Ah… nuts. You’d think the web form would accept Unicode directly… I meant to say N0̸MII)

  4. GHP says:

    Hmmmm …. that map shows only National Shrines.

    Our Lady of Peace Church and SHRINE is in Santa Clara, CA:


  5. jackhaefner says:

    Excellent idea! I’m in!
    Jack, NG2E

  6. Art says:

    There’s a shrine to Fra Angelico near me:

    Diocesan Shrine of Blessed Fra Angelico

    I just need to get the proper equipment. Please keep us posted on the steps taken to get this event going.

  7. Roy Hobbs says:

    Good idea.

    I just hope no one confuses it for “Shriners on the Air”…. that may attract a different crowd. Grin.

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