Pi Day Special Event


Pi Day 3.14.2024, 0000-2359 UTC
as imagined by an AI artist…. with pie

Special Event Callsign N3P
Π Day Special Event
David Sarnoff Radio Club,
Princeton, New Jersey – 3.14.2024

What are we celebrating?

On March 14th, it is “3.14” so say “Happy Pi Day!”

The David Sarnoff Radio Club hosts a special event station every year on March 14th in conjunction with the Princeton Pi Day & Einstein Birthday Party held in Princeton New Jersey.

AI Program imagines… what would Einstein look like as a ham radio operator?

Albert Einstein was born on March 14th, 1879, in Ulm, a city in what is now Germany. He lived and worked in the town of Princeton, NJ, USA from 1933 to his death in 1955, faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study, a private institute of learning near town. Princeton celebrates their long-time resident and the amazing coincidence of time like no other city on earth! There may be many celebrations in downtown Princeton, from PIE eating, to Pi recitation, to Albert Einstein costumes… You may see it on the square. It may not be a massive celebration, but it will be energetic, and that’s the same thing.

The David Sarnoff Radio Club, a club in the Princeton area, will join in the celebration with an amateur radio special event station, N3P. It may be irrational to celebrate pi, but why restrict festivities to one community? We want everyone to join in the fun — at the speed of light!

David Sarnoff and Albert Einstein, a pi connection?

When and How are We Celebrating in 2024?

Listen for our Special Event Station, Callsign: N3P (November three Papa) starting 0000 UTC on March 14, 2024. We use UNIVERSAL TIME for this special event to honor Albert Einstein, the discoverer of universal laws! (in New Jersey that will be 8 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, through 7:59 PM EDT Thursday.)

There is no special exchange for Pi Day, just say Happy Pi Day and maybe tell us what State/Province, Country, or grid square you are celebrating in — that’s the only exchange we need!

Eating pie is traditional, but completely optional.

Where Can You Find N3P on the Air?

We will use “Pi-Like” frequencies:

14.031 MHz
14.314 MHz
7.031 MHz
7.227 MHz (pi ~ 22/7)

Listed in QST are our 20 and 40 Meter CW and SSB frequencies. If the bands are hoppin’, we may be on 10 Meters and 80 Meters, and also can be reached on our repeater 146.46 +1MHz, PL 131.8, which has good coverage across New Jersey (map) We might also be on our 443.4 MHz repeater as well. The goal is to wish each other “Happy Pi Day”, so any mode is welcome.

Also, look for N3P on standard FT8 and FT4 frequencies…

Note we may also be open to conversation on PSK-31 around 7070+ and 14070+ or even RTTY If you hear us, wish us “Happy Pi Day” and tell us your favorite type of pie (or pi.)

This year’s special event entry for QST:

Mar 14, 0000Z-2359Z, N3P, Burlington, NJ. David Sarnoff Radio Club. 14.031 MHz 14.314 MHz 7.031 MHz 7.227 MHz. QSL. Donald Corrington, 7 Pinewald Lane, Burlington, NJ 08016-3421. n2re.org

QSL: Don Corrington,
7 Pinewald Lane,
Burlington, NJ 08016-3421.
Website: n2re.org/pi-day-special-event

We are managers of QRZ.com webpage for N3P callsign. https://www.qrz.com/db/N3P Note that during the year other groups also use N3P special event callsign, so that page may change! (requires login)

What’s in it for You?

Contact us on the air! We will QSL.
Please QSL via the address above (we will send “this year’s QSL Card”) or via LOTW