Durham and District Amateur Radio Society is participating as one of the bonus stations in the 13 Colonies Special Event. The special callsign GB13COL has been issued for this event and will run from 1300UTC on 1 July to 0400UTC on 8 July. The primary focus of the event will be the HF bands using SSB, CW, FM and various digital modes, but VHF and UHF will also be in use. The 13 Colonies event began in 2009 as a way of celebrating American Independence with the original 13 colony States circa 1776. Since the UK was a major historical player in the Revolutionary War, GB13COL from England will present an added positive flair, historical significance and a challenge for radio amateurs to contact. This year’s QSL cards for GB13COL has once again been kindly sponsored by Martin Lynch at ML&S.