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Whiskey 4 Moonshine

Whiskey 4 Moonshine-W4M

Special Event Station for Moonshine Heritage Month in Franklin County, Virginia.

April 15 through April 30, 2022

(Banner photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Institute and Museum)

Last years 2020 QSL card for the special event station. QSL cards will be sent to all confirmed QSL cards received with a SASE. International QSLs, please include $2 USD to cover international postage.

Whiskey 4 Moonshine

W4M (“Whiskey 4 MOONSHINE”) will operate from April 15 through April 30 2022 on ALL HF bands (depending upon volunteers preferences and equipment) using phone, digital, and cw modes. Operations will take place in Franklin and surrounding counties with one remote operation planned in conjunction with a local Moonshine Heritage Car Show at Ferrum College around April 26 from 9am-2pm (or longer if they let us stay).

Would you like to volunteer to operate W4M – Whiskey 4 MOONSHINE?

Please register using our participant registration form <—(click). The schedule process will go smoother if you use a Google account email address, but we’ll work with you even if you don’t have one. Once you register, you will receive access to the sign-up sheet and can sign up for time slots to operate. We are welcoming anyone from the area (and a few from outside the area) to operate. All operations except for the one on-site event may be done from home stations.

Reach out to the coordinator, Timothy Boyd AA4SS, at the contact information below if you would like to talk about the event and our planned operations.

But I don’t know anything about Franklin County’s moonshine heritage.

Here are some reading to get some background on the area’s moonshine heritage. More links will be added as time goes on.

Blue Ridge Institute & Museum: Moonshine–Blue Ridge Style

Moonshine Heritage Blog (older posts, but good info)

Article on local Franklin County history

A History of Moonshine Production in Franklin County

Rise and Shine: Cable channel production about Franklin County Moonshine Heritage

How Prohibition Gave Birth To NASCAR

Article from 2019 about Franklin County Moonshine Heritage month

The Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935

Participant Registration Form

Talking Points for Operators

Current Expected Schedule

Photo courtesy of The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum

Find out more about Franklin County Moonshine Heritage Month at

Amateur Radio

Promote amateur radio and Franklin County while having fun operating and making contact.

Our goals
  • To HAVE FUN!
  • To raise awareness of Franklin County’s Moonshine Heritage.
  • To promote amateur radio to the public.
  • To HAVE FUN! (Yes, repetition is intentional.)

Franklin County Moonshine Heritage Month
Twin Creeks Distillery

Franklin County Distillery
Law’s Choice Distillery
The Early Inn at the Grove

Blue Ridge Institute and Museum
About Us

Whiskey 4 MOONSHINE special event coordinator is Timothy Boyd, AA4SS. Tim has been a resident since 2015 and is proud to call Franklin County home.

This the third year we have done a special event station for Moonshine Heritage Month–if it is a success again and we have fun with it, we’ll do it again!

Get In Touch

Call or text: (540) 352-0330

Facebook: W4M – Whiskey 4 MOONSHINE