Thank you for visiting the home page of the USS WISCONSIN RADIO CLUB, INC.  Our web site will provide you with information regarding our Amateur Radio Station, N4WIS, as we participate in “Museum Ships of the Air” and other special events.  Our station is located just aft of the Bridge (Level 03) on America’s largest and last battleship.  If you live in or are visiting the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, please join us at one of our monthly luncheon meetings - or better yet, come aboard when N4WIS is on the air.  This web site also has information regarding the amazing history of BB-64, including videos that will take you on a below-deck tour and will show the firing of the “Wisky’s” 16-inch guns.  There is much to explore here, and we hope you enjoy learning all about the USS Wisconsin.   

The purpose of the USS Wisconsin Radio Club, Inc. is to promote public interest in:

  1. Bullet The Battleship USS WISCONSIN, BB-64;

  2. Bullet Nauticus, the National Maritime Center, home of the USS Wisconsin;

  3. Bullet The Hampton Roads Naval Museum (inside Nauticus);

  4. Bullet The City of Norfolk, Virginia, final home port of the USS Wisconsin; and

  5. Bullet The United States Navy.

We serve as volunteer goodwill ambassadors for the Hampton Roads community.  We strive to display our wonderful hobby, Amateur Radio, to the public and to help educate young people about Radio Communication and its usefulness to the Navy.  By means of “Ham Radio” many persons throughout the United States and the world will learn about the presence of this great ship in our Historic Seaport. 

Our Next Online Meeting Will Be

Saturday 9 January 2021

1300 EST - 1800 UTC

Our Guest Speaker Will Be

Dr. Bob Heil, K9EID


His Topic - “The Science of Audio”

Including How to Set Your DSP Radios

Through Equalization Adjustments,

Phasing, Antenna Arrays,

A Visit to the Bell Labs,

Studies How The Human Ear Works,

... And So Much More!

We Are Devoting Our Entire

Meeting to Bob’s Presentation

GoToMeeting Log-In Details

Will Be Sent To Members

Via Email Prior To the Meeting




Now Available For Purchase

The World War II Journal of CPO Charles Joseph Sullivan

Covering A Time Span Of 24 September 1944 to 30 October 1945


CPO Charles Joseph Sullivan was Chief Boatswain's Mate and Master-At-Arms onboard the Battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) for the duration of the ship's involvement in World War II. He kept a meticulous daily journal of all of the activities that he observed. This 236-page book contains a transcript of his entire journal with key events annotated, including photographs from his personal collection. His journal starts when the Wisconsin departed the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. After transiting the Panama Canal, the Wisconsin steamed to Pearl Harbor and beyond into some of the most important naval engagements of the war. CPO Sullivan saw his ship attacked by Japanese aircraft, including Kamikazes. The Wisconsin bombarded Formosa, Luzon, Okinawa, and the Japanese mainland. Sullivan was there the whole time - 105,831 miles worth and 1,562 sixteen-inch shells fired - from the day the Wisconsin was commissioned until the day she dropped anchor in Tokyo Bay at war’s end. It's documented here, in his own words.