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Crew at N4BM

   The Story ...

   N4BM started out as W1OHP, the amateur radio station call for the tall ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, which was to serve as a newly-built sailing school and research vessel with worldwide reach.

   Prior to the Perry's launch, W1OHP operated maritime from the 170ft Schooner Mystic a couple of years before the Perry's two-year-delayed first voyage in 2015.

   The use as the ship's amateur radio station became difficult as the only licensed radio operator on the Perry crew, W6TQS, transferred to another tall ship before that first voyage. TQS was the chief engineer and, once gone, there was no other licensed option for the station operating maritime. The plan was that the Perry would represent Rhode Island in worldwide events and be away from RI most of the time.

   TQS was well known for transmitting the succesful SSB SOS call prior to the tall ship Bounty sinking in the Atlantic during Hurricane Sandy. TQS was a survior of that sinking that left the captain missing and one crew member dead.

   With continual funding problems, the Perry's status as a sailing school tall ship is inactive. The existing radio club is now repurposed into a contest, maritime, and emergency field radio club with operations in coastal areas of Florida and Rhode Island.

   However, as of 2019 there are plans to reorient the Perry to more local operations including the shipboard radio club. See: OHP Update.

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry 2018
N4BM like this place to hang antennasCrew hanging antennas for N4BM

Video of Launching the Perry
N4BM's old QSL card
Schooner Mystic 2014
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Crew setting up the end fed antenna at 85 ft.

eQSL card 2019
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