Information Net for June 18

About QRZ

Read by: LARRY KC4ZOA

And what do the letters QRZ stand for? Well, back in the days when radio telegraphy was widely used, QRZ was a shorthand code which meant “Who is Calling me?” It’s still used today, even by voice operators during contests or when they simply didn’t hear the complete call.

Don F Pratt Museum

Read by: DENNIS KF4CSR

The Don F. Pratt Museum was established in 1956 as a division museum for the 101st Airborne Division. The museum’s central theme is the history of the 101st Airborne Division, the “Screaming Eagles,” and it covers the period from the early 1940s to present. Memorabilia from Brig. Gen. Don F. Pratt, along with some of the personal possessions of Generals William C. Lee, Maxwell D. Taylor, Anthony C. McAuliffe and William C. Westmoreland, are among the featured exhibits. Other exhibits include a completely restored CG-4A cargo glider—which carried glider-borne Soldiers into combat during World War II, two 17th century bronze eagles, An illuminated Dutch Manuscript recognizing the Divisions role in Liberating Holland in WW2, captured enemy weapons and equipment from Vietnam, a recruiter’s jeep from the 1970s and items which had belonged to Adolph Hitler and other high ranking Nazi officials. Although the main museum theme focuses on the history of the 101st Airborne Division, there are also individual displays that address early developments in airborne warfare.

Read by: MARTHA KJ4RIQ

Included in the displays are the following units: the 11th Airborne Division, the 12th Armored Division, the 14th Armored Division, the 20th Armored Division, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). An outdoor park across the street from the museum displays various military aircraft and equipment used by the division. The centerpiece of the park is the “Brass Hat”—a fully restored C-47 aircraft resembling the plane used to carry the division commander, Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, into Normandy during World War II. The museum also includes a reference library and archives, both guided and unguided tours (reservations required), daily historical films, gift shop, gallery talks, lectures and educational programs.

It is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information or to schedule tours or briefings, call (270) 798-3215/4986. The gift shop phone number is (931) 431-2003.

Wings of Liberty Museum and Fort Campbell Historical Complex

Read by: RICK N9GRW

The Fort Campbell Historical Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing support and assistance to the Fort Campbell Don F. Pratt Museum while working to build the new Wings of Liberty Military Museum and Fort Campbell Historical Complex. The new museum and historical complex will commemorate and preserve the legacy of all Fort Campbell Soldiers, past and present. An 18-acre site has been designated for the facility and visitors will have direct access without obtaining an installation pass. The complex will include an IMAX® style theatre, a gift shop, a memorial park and a banquet area. There are also several foundation initiatives, such as the “Pathway of Legends,” which will consist of engraved commemorative bricks. For more information or to support the endeavor, call (931) 431-2617/2613 or visit http://www.fortcampbell.com/.

New Amateur Extra Class Question Pool Effective July 1

Read by: NICKI KF4DHK

The new Amateur Extra class (Element 4) question pool — released by the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) in January 2012 — becomes effective on Sunday, July 1. The current Amateur Extra class pool expires on June 30, 2012 and cannot be used after that date. This new question pool — including graphics and diagrams — will remain valid until June 30, 2016. The new Amateur Extra pool contains 702 questions, from which 50 are selected for an Element 4 examination. As of June 13, three questions — E1D09, E2A14 and E6E10 — have been removed from the new pool. The current Technician class question pool that became effective July 1, 2010 is valid through June 30, 2014. The current General class pool that became effective July 1, 2011 is valid until June 30, 2015.

June Trivia

Read by: PAUL KJ4WQN

  • June 9, 1980 – Richard Pryor catches fire. Literally.
  • June 11, 1962 – Frank Morris and the Anglin Brothers escape from Alcatras.
  • June 13, 1971 – The New York Times breaks its first story on the Pentagon Papers, choosing to run it alongside the wedding photo of President Nixon’s daughter, Tricia.
  • June 14, 1998 – In an unreleased interview for Vanity Fair, Bill Gates tells reported Bob Cringely, “What I can’t figure out is why he (Steve Jobs) is even trying to be CEO of Apple. He knows he can’t win.”

Read by: JERRY KE4ETY

  • June 19, 1986 – Len Bias dies from cocaine overdose two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics.
  • June 22, 1941 – Hitler begins his ill-fated invasion of Russia.
  • June 23, 1993 – The song “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes is released. It quickly tops the popular charts world-wide, then later tops the critics charts of “Worst Songs Ever Recorded”.
  • June 24, 1812 – Napoleon begins his ill-fated invasion of Russia.
Paul Stenson sent this June trivia.

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