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Title: Commemorating the Lost Avengers of Flight 19: A Parrot Amateur Radio Club Event to Remember


In the world of amateur radio, where enthusiasts combine a passion for technology with a love for history, there are events that stand out as truly remarkable. One such event our annual celebration organized by the Parrot Amateur Radio Club community, dedicated to honoring the 14 airmen who mysteriously disappeared on December 5th, 1945, during Flight 19. This unique gathering brings together radio operators, history enthusiasts, and newcomers alike for a day of remembrance and celebration.

Setting the Scene:

On that fateful day in 1945, a group of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers embarked on a routine overwater navigational training flight from the U.S. Naval Air Station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Little did they know that it would be the last time anyone would hear from them. The disappearance of Flight 19 has since become one of aviation’s enduring mysteries, captivating the minds of enthusiasts and sparking countless theories about the Bermuda Triangle.

Parrot Amateur Radio Club’s Tribute:

The Parrot Amateur Radio Club community, known for our blend of technical expertise and historical appreciation, has taken it upon ourselves to ensure that the memory of Flight 19 lives on. This annual event on December 5th is a unique celebration that goes beyond radio transmissions.

Multiple stations are set up, creating a network of connections that echo the communication attempts of Flight 19. Enthusiasts from around the world participate, making contacts and sharing stories related to the lost aviators. The event serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving history and the unique role amateur radio plays in connecting people across distances.

Ham Radio Testing and Upgrades:

In addition to the remembrance activities, the Parrot Amateur Radio Club event also includes a valuable opportunity for those interested in joining the ham radio community. Ham radio testing for new licensees and upgrades is a highlight, promoting the growth of the amateur radio community. It’s a fitting way to combine the commemoration of the past with an investment in the future of amateur radio.

“The Bird” – The Mascot:

Adding a touch of whimsy and symbolism to the event is “The Bird,” the Parrot Amateur Radio Club community’s mascot. The colorful and charismatic mascot is a constant presence, representing the spirit of the Parrot Amateur Radio Club.


As the Parrot Amateur Radio Club community comes together each December to celebrate and honor the Lost Avengers of Flight 19, we not only pay tribute to the past but also strengthen the bonds of our unique community. Through radio transmissions, licensing opportunities, and the presence of our cheerful mascot, we create an event that transcends time, connecting the present with a mysterious moment in history.

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