Lewis and Clark Trail on the Air

  • The period to purchase certificates for the 2023 event is closed. Paper certificate purchases are being printed and are expected to be mailed on Sept 15th. We are looking forward to next year's event.
  • If you are a member of an active club and your club is interested in activating this event for one of the 16 states of the Lewis & Clark Trail Expedition, please send your email of interest to info@LCTOTA.org.
The Lewis and Clark Trail on the Air special event is an on air activity that commemorates the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. The trail covers 4900 miles through 16 states. This includes the disembarkation from Camp Dubois and what is referred to as the Eastern Legacy. The event is sponsored by the Clark County Amateur Radio Club with support and participation from clubs in all 16 states along the historic trail.
Event Summary

Date: June 3rd, 2023 to June 18th, 2023 (June 2nd, 5pm Pacific - June 18th, 5pm Pacific)

Time Start: 0000 UTC

Time Ends: 2400 UTC

Operating Hours: 24 hrs/day for duration of the event

Simple Rules: Contact one club in each of the 16 states on the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. Operating modes include SSB Phone, FM Phone, CW, and FT8. Any combination of modes towards working all 16 states is allowed. A schedule for planned operations for each state will be posted on this web site.

Certificate: Certificates can be requested for two classes of participation:

  • Expedition Partner Certificate: Any station working all 16 states is eligible for the Expedition Partner Certificate. Example
  • Trail Companion Certificate: Any station working 1-15 states is eligible for a Trail Companion Certificate. Example
Participants making contact with activating stations from one or more states will be able to purchase a certificate after the event. Certificates can be delivered either as an emailed PDF, or printed on high-quality paper and shipped. If you purchase a paper certificate, we will also send you the PDF version. The certificates will cost $5 for the PDF version, or $10 for both the PDF and the paper versions. Certificates are available for purchase through August 31, 2023 via the Certificates page. PDF's will be emailed starting July 30th. Printed certificates will be mailed on September 15th.

On the Air Exchange: The on-air exchange will include call sign and state for CW and Phone. FT8 will be the standard exchange: call-sign, signal report, and grid square.

Logs: Only the activating stations in each of the 16 states along the trail will submit logs. Logs are not required from hunting stations. However, it is courteous to submit your personal log to Logbook of the World or other logging entity. Please submit your request for a certificate by August 31st of the activation year.

History: 2022 was the inaugural event for this activity.

Information: For more information, please send us a message at info@lctota.org.

2023 Participating Clubs