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Saint Maximilian Kolbe Radio Net

3814 kHz Sundays at 8 PM Eastern time

St. Maximilian Kolbe



 

SP3RN radio shack


St. Maximilian founded the

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Saint Maximilian Kolbe Net

ATTENTION: Special Event Station coming on 14 August 2016

Call Sign: K3M (Check out QRZ.COM for details)

Event Stations will operate from all over the East Coast and Midwest

Net Control is K3QNT with W1HGY as alternate.

Dr. Ted Figlock - W1HGY of Taunton, MA -  and Lloyd Roach - K3QNT of Bedford, PA -  founded the net in 1997 to commemorate the life and martyrdom of Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe – SP3RN.  

Father Kolbe was a Franciscan Priest who founded Niepokalanow (City of Mary), a large monastery in Poland dedicated to communications.  Fr. Kolbe and his Franciscan brothers published dozens of weekly and monthly periodicals to promote the Roman Catholic faith and devotion to the Blessed Mother in particular.  At one point in the late 1930s, circulation exceeded one million copies monthly, making Niepokalanow the largest publisher in Poland. 

Fr. Kolbe was a Ph.D. level philosopher and trained physicist.  In addition to his print operations, he built a religious short-wave radio station in 1938 with the call sign of SP3RN.  It is believed that his amateur radio operations were extended also to his monastery in Nagasaki, Japan.

On 26 May 1941 Fr. Kolbe's monastery was shut down by the Nazi SS.  Fr. Kolbe was arrested and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was assigned Prisoner #16670.  In July of 1941, ten prisoners were condemned to death because of an escape attempt from the camp.  Among the condemned was Francizek Gajowniczek, a Polish Sergeant.    Kolbe stepped out of line and offered his life in place of Gajowniczek's.  The Nazi commandant accepted the exchange and sent Kolbe to a camp starvation bunker where he was deprived of food and water for nearly two weeks.  Maximilian Kolbe died on 14 August 1941, hence our operating frequency of 3814 khz.  

Maximilian Kolbe was canonized by Pope John Paul II on 10 October 1982.  He is considered the patron saint of the addicted and of amateur radio operators.   The National Shrine of Saint Maximilian Kolbe (http://www.marytown.com) is located in Marytown, IL, in suburban Chicago.  Among the many sites with more information is niepokalanow.eu

Click here for some great history and pictures of the original SP3RN at Niepokalanow, Poland from 1938.

Another interesting read is "The Catholic Holocaust in Nagasaki" about Maximilian Kolbe's Monastery Mugenzai No Sono "Garden of Mary" found at catholicculture.org

You may be interested in a movie about St. Maximilian: "Max and Me"

Plans are underway to commemorate in 2016 the 75th anniversary of St. Maximilians' martyrdom. Join us every Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on 3814 KHz to learn more.

NET ROSTER

Regular check-ins to the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Net: 

K1IDM        DON        PLAINVILLE, CT

KE1RI        KEN        HOPE VALLEY, RI

WB1DPS        DEACON JEFF        GARDINER, ME

W1HGY        TED        TAUNTON, MA

WA1JGO        ED        PASSADUMKEAG, ME

W1MCT        MIKE        UNCASVILLE, CT

K1NOB        PAUL        HUDSON, NH

W1NAG        FR. MIKE        EDGARTOWN, MA

W1TR        TERRY        ASHFORD, CT

W1WH        BILL        MILFORD, MA

W2ADE        HOWARD    SMITHVILLE FLATS, NY

N2GOT        RON        BROOKLYN, NY

WA2MER        JIM        VERNON, NJ

KC2ZFO       BILL       MIDDLETOWN, NY

KP2M       CRAIG      ST. CROIX, VIRGIN ISLANDS

N3AEA         RON        BALTIMORE, MD

WA3EZT        FR. JOHN    JENKINTOWN, PA

KB3H        JOHN        FRANKLIN, PA

K3QNT        LLOYD    BEDFORD, PA

K3RMW      BILL   MATTHEWS,NC

K3ZA        TONY    COATESVILLE, PA

VE3OV        JOE    TORONTO, ONTARIO

WB3ALF        JIM    WEST CHESTER, PA

KK4RF        MARTY    SUFFOLK, VA

N6CMY      MIKE      SEMMES, AL

KH6DHK        JOHN      ALEXANDRIA, VA

KJ8O        JOE      TROY, MI

K8HJU        ED      ROYAL OAK, MI

N8MAR        DAVID      MAYWOOD, NJ

Occasional check ins:

K1MRC        JOE        TAUNTON, MA

WA1HHK       STEVE     ALNA, ME

AA2HA        JIM        MILFORD, MA

N2NYT          JOHN       SOMERSET, NJ

W2YBP          JIMMY        WARETOWN, NJ

AC2IE         TOM       CLIFTON PARK, NY

K3JPP          BOB         VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

K3NUI          JOHN       BROOMALL, PA

W3SEB          SERGIO    POCONO SUMMIT, PA

N8WTT          GARY         HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI

To learn more about the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Net, contact Lloyd at k3qnt@arrl.net

To share the good news of this net with your parish, HERE is a suggested insert for parish bulletins.
Discover St. Max "sightings" HERE.