March 16, 2013
On Saturday March 16, 2013 some of the members of the American Legion Post 275 Amateur Radio Team, callsign N3TAL, in Glenarden, Maryland celebrated the 94th birthday of the American Legion by making radio contact with the Special Event Station (N9L) at the American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.
After starting the day with a hardy breakfast at the posts bi-weekly breakfast buffet, the team setup a portable HF radio station in the post banquet hall. As the hall was being prepared for a dinner dance on Saturday night, the team members patiently waited for propagation to improve so they could make their "birthday contacts". Shortly after 12:00 Noon N9L boomed in on the Yeasu 897D.
The American Legion's national headquarters station, K9TAL, operated under the special event call N9L to celebrate The American Legion's 94th birthday. The American Legion came into being March 15-17, 1919, in Paris, France among members of the expeditionary forces of the first World War.
Team members, Kenneth L. Courtney (AA3NN), Benjamin Walker (AJ3A), Kenneth Greenhouse (KB3IIE), Matthew Blanding (K4FNX), Frank Jenkins (WA3ULX), and Edgar Hopson (N3TFS), checked in with the Headquarters Special Event Station, and completed the days mission.