Museum Ships Weekend
2024 at U.S. Brig Niagara

The Pennsylvania Maritime Museum in Erie has agreed to host members of the Butler County
Amateur Radio Association for Museum Ships Weekend, on June 1 and 2, 2024. We will place up to two stations on the Brig Niagara, and operate from 8 p.m. Friday, May 31 (0000 UTC Saturday) until 7:59 p.m. Sunday, June 2 (2359 UTC Sunday). It is anticipated that we will be using the callsign, “N3B” (Niagara Three Brig) during the event. The museum hopes to promote both the museum and Amateur Radio with this event.

Museum Ships Weekend is an annual Amateur Radio event sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Club, and typically involves slightly over one hundred ship museums. Museum ship stations will be located at historical ships or museums dedicated to historical ships: battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, ocean liners, lightships, submarines, cargo ships, tall sailing ships, and more. While most museums involved are located in the U.S.A., there are others located across the globe.

Museum ship stations will attempt to make radio contact with Amateur Radio stations all around the globe. Amateurs who make contact with a sufficient number of museum ships will be eligible for a certificate from the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Club. This is the first year that the U.S. Brig Niagara will be active for Museum Ships Weekend, and the Brig may represent the oldest ship in the event; we have been cautioned that large numbers of Amateur Radio stations will want to make contact with us.

This event is being coordinated by Mike, N2EM. Any licensed Radio Amateur interested in participating at the Brig Niagara should contact him. Other Radio Amateurs can participate by contacting museum ships from their home stations. More information is available at the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Club website, There also has been a “DX” reflector dedicated to Museum Ships Weekend, posting frequency and mode information about museum ship stations during the event.

Further information will be posted at the N3B page once the callsign is officially assigned to us.