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Saint Maximilian Kolbe Radio Net

3814 kHz Sundays at 2400 Z

and 14341 kHz Sundays at 2200 Z

St. Maximilian Kolbe



 

SP3RN radio shack


St. Maximilian founded the

Militia Immaculata

Saint Maximilian Kolbe Net

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 an insightful theologian.  In addition to his print operations, he built a religious short-wave radio station in 1938 with the call sign of SP3RN.  Unfortunately, his plans to extend his amateur radio operations to his monastery in Nagasaki, Japan were not consummated.

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 Libertyville, IL, in suburban Chicago.  Among the many sites with more information are niepokalanow.eu and MissionImmaculata.com

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"

To learn more, join us every Sunday, either at 2400 Z on 3814 KHz, or at 2200 Z on 14341 KHz.

NET ROSTER

Check-ins to the 75-meter Saint Maximilian Kolbe Net: 

CALL SIGN HANDLE QTH
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
VE3JMY MURRAY MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA
K3QNT LLOYD BEDFORD, PA
K3RMW BILL MATTHEWS,NC
W3SEB SERGIO POCONO SUMMIT, PA
K3ZA TONY COATESVILLE, PA
VE3OV JOE TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
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

Check-ins to the 20-meter Saint Maximilian Kolbe Net: 

CALL SIGN HANDLE QTH
KA0JPN PIERRE GRAND JUNCTION, IA
W1MCT MIKE UNCASVILLE, CT
WB1DPS DEACON JEFF GARDINER, ME
WP4OFO JOSE BAYAMON, PUERTO RICO
KK4RF MARTY SUFFOLK, VA
WA5KBH DEACON GEORGE LAKE CHARLES, LA
N6CMY MIKE SEMMES, AL

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.