In preparation for the International Museum Ship Weekend Event, Amateur radio station W2LGA will be set up at the US Army Tugboat LT-5 moored at the H Lee White Maritime Museum in Oswego, NY. This is one of the last remaining tugboats used during the invasion of Normandy in June of 1944 (D-Day). The tugs main mission was to assist in the construction of the temporary harbor Mulberry A, which was used to supply men, equipment, and ammunition to Omaha Beach. The LT-5 is the only known tugboat that actually shot down an enemy aircraft during the war. The LT-5 is being restored via the guidance of the maritime museum. The amateur radio station, W2LGA, will attempt to contact many other military ships all over the world with amateur radio stations set up. These ships include aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers, submarines, lightships, tugs, ..etc.
The radio station will be located near the tugboat and is free to the public. The H Lee White Maritime museum has tours of the LT-5 included with their overall museum admission charge. The radio station will be operating Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th from 9:00am – 4:00pm. To learn more about the museum itself, go to www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com. for more information regarding the International Museum Ship Weekend, including a full list of participating ships, go to: https://www.nj2bb.org/museum/
Fred Legawiec, W2LGA
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