200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

Governor Kay Ivey made her Amateur Radio debut on December 14, 2017, and became the first person to use the state’s bicentennial call sign, AL2C. The special event station will be on the air for two years as part of Alabama’s bicentennial commemoration.

“I’m very excited to see the hard work that has been in the works for some time now to promote Amateur Radio in concert with the Alabama Bicentennial celebration,” said ARRL Alabama Section Manager JVann Martin. “It was great to activate the brand-new call sign AL2C on Alabama’s 198th birthday, and we look forward to many more activities to come as we build up to Alabama’s 200th birthday.”

The Alabama Bicentennial Amateur Radio Club set up a D-Star VHF station in the Old House Chamber at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. After announcing the Alabama Bicentennial Schools Initiative, Governor Ivey proceeded to the radio station, initiating contact with the Lee County Emergency Management Agency. The governor discussed Alabama’s bicentennial over the air with Otto Arnoscht, the AL2C call sign trustee, serving as the control operator.