U.S. Highway 66 was established in 1926, and was the first major improvement to link the west coast with the heartland. Through stories, songs and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America. The demise of Route 66 began in the 1950’s as the U.S. began the interstate highway system, and the highway was officially decommissioned in 1986. Today, small portions of the U.S. Highway 66 still exist in towns and rural areas in several states.

The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California will host the 18th annual Route 66 On The Air special event, September 9-17. The event offers radio amateurs a chance to perhaps relive their own Route 66 memories and to celebrate the famed highway’s 91st anniversary. There will be 21 stations – two of them “rovers” – operating in or around the major cities along Route 66 from Santa Monica, California, to Chicago, Illinois.

Radio amateurs who operate while driving on Route 66 may take part in the event by using the designations “mobile 66” or “/66” after their call signs.

Each participating club will issue its own commemorative QSL card to celebrate this event. Certificates are also available. Visit the event Web site for complete details including frequencies and modes to look for. 

Be sure to get your kicks, on Route 66.