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Gen. Curtis E. LeMay

On Saturday, September 20th, 1997, the SACMARC returned the personal amateur radio call sign of former CINCSAC General Curtis E. LeMay, K0GRL, to the air from the USAF Global HF Communications Network Station at Elkhorn, Nebraska, on the occasion of the 5oth Anniversary of the United States Air force.

Amateur Radio Station KØGRL

KØGRL is the "call sign," of one of the station licenses of the Strategic Air Command Memorial Amateur Radio Club (SACMARC). The other one is KØAIR.

Originally assigned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sometime during the Cold War, KØGRL was the personal amateur radio call sign of General Curtis E. LeMay when he was the CINCSAC and assigned to Offutt Air Force Base. (Offutt, near Omaha Nebraska, was the Headquarters base for the former Strategic Air Command or SAC, 1946-1992, now reorganized into a unified command called (USSTRATCOM) and was used by him until the late 1950's. The General received K4RFA when he went to Washington, D.C., to be the USAF Vice Chief of Staff (later Chief of Staff), and retired in California with W6EZV. The original Nebraska call sign, KØGRL, had long since lapsed and was unassignable under FCC rules for several decades. Recent changes in FCC rules, including the adoption of a Vanity Call sign Program, offered the opportunity for SAC veterans, and other members of the local amateur radio community, to recover that call sign in memory of SAC and military communications history. With the gracious consent of the LeMay family, including the General's daughter, Mrs. Jane LeMay Lodge, KØGRL was taken down from history's attic, dusted off, and returned to active use in May of 1997.

KØGRL is a station in the amateur radio service. This is a special world-wide communications service, defined by international treaty, devoted to technical experimentation, public-service, and promoting international goodwill. In its reincarnated form, KØGRL is a living exhibit of SAC and USAF military communications history, as well as modern amateur radio practice.

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