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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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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