Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach 


Text Box: Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach Club Station W6RO Aboard the Queen Mary

The Nate Brightman Wireless Room


Established in 1979, W6RO was the first permanent amateur radio station to be installed aboard a museum ship.    This was the vision of founding manager Nate Brightman (K6OSC "SK"), who went on to serve as station manager for 34 years until his  recent retirement.    The Wireless Room is generally staffed every day from 9:00am to 5:00p.m. local time, volunteer availability permitting.   We currently have some vacancies  available, and local hams are invited to inquire about joining us as regular crew members. Also, visiting hams may be permitted to operate the station for a brief period  (generally no more than an hour, at the discretion of the Control Operator on duty) and qualify for our  Guest Operator certificate.   Inquiries may be directed to John Rogers (KF6TTR): 

































































 W6RO QSL Procedure






















 To receive W6RO’s very popular Queen Mary QSL card, follow these simple steps:


1. During your QSO with W6RO, be sure to copy your QSO number. Specifically ask for it during the QSO if necessary.

2. Send your own QSL card, or a report on a piece of paper if you don’t have a QSL card, to us. Be sure to include:  Your QSL card or report (report the contact date & time as UTC), your QSO number (preferably in the report area of your card) and a #10 (business size) SASE. Our QSL card is a full 4” x 9” and we do not want to have to fold it to fit inside smaller envelopes.

Mail it all to:


P.O. Box 7493

Long Beach, CA 90807


3. Your W6RO QSL card should arrive in your S.A.S.E. in about 6 to 8 weeks.  DX QSLs sent via the bureau will be returned via the bureau system. These do not require an S.A.S.E. Please allow the normal extended time for this process.   DX stations wishing to QSL by direct mail must include:   a self-addressed #10 envelope - two IRCs  (International Reply Coupon), or two US “green stamps”, if you have them.  “Green stamps” are never required, but always appreciated. Our QSL Team uses any green  stamps to help fund the QSL operation only. We thank you for your generosity!


We process a large number of QSL requests every month. If you have not fully complied with the above procedure, you may not receive your requested W6RO QSL card.   Due to the workload, there is no avenue provided to check-up  on a pending QSL request. If you did comply with all of the above and we somehow mishandled your request, we apologize.  If you have not received your card in a reasonable amount of time, you can either submit a second QSL request,  including all of the above items, with info from your log  work our station on the air again or submit an entirely  new QSL request.




To view the original manifest document of the Queen Mary’s radio equipment click the icon below.











Click here for an aerial, pictorial tour of The Queen Mary.


Click here to see much, much more about The Queen Mary.






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David Akins (N6HHR) -  Club Station W6RO Manager

Nate Brightman  (K6OSC "SK") - Club Station W6RO Founding Manager


The radio bug first bit David in high school when some of his friends introduced him to CB radio.  He went on to earn his Novice and Technician amateur licenses during his service in the Air Force a few years later.  Two meter packet radio caught his eye in the late 80’s and kept him absorbed for over a decade until it faded from popularity in the early 2000’s.  A move to Long Beach brought W6RO, the Wireless Room aboard the Queen Mary to his attention, and he joined the crew in 1993.  As older members of the Wireless Room crew retired, he took the job of QSL Officer in 2006, then Assistant Manager in 2009.  He finally made the effort and earned his Extra license in 2012.


To read David's’ unabridged biography click here.





In 1967 when Nate read that the City of Long Beach planned to buy and bring the luxury liner, the Queen Mary, to its beautiful harbor as a tourist attraction, he thought, “How could we of ARALB make Amateur Radio part of the long voyage from England?”  Nate initiated phone calls, paper work and official permission pleas galore to both countries.  Finally, it happened: permission was granted and the ARALB club members supported a project to send club member Al Lee (W6KQI), to operate amateur radio aboard the ship for ARALB.




To read Nates’ unabridged biography click here.

Click this picture to watch a video of The Queen Mary Radio Room.


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