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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2119 for Friday, June 8, 2018

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2119 with a release date of Friday, June 8, 2018, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. The Maritime Mobile Service Network helps a ham in distress at sea. Amateurs celebrate a modern-day Marconi message — and we visit German’s Ham Radio Friedrichshafen. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2119 comes your way right now.




PAUL/ANCHOR: We open this week’s report with news that someone named Marconi has successfully completed a contact by wireless across a body of water. But wait – this is almost 120 years after this transmission created unprecedented news – and this is, of course, a different Marconi. The event – with Marconi’s daughter – was a big happening nonetheless as we hear from Kevin Trotman N5PRE.

KEVIN: Imagine a QSO with a Marconi. If you had been at the Cape Cod National Seashore on Thursday May 31st you would not have needed your imagination. At the Wellfleet Marconi Station there, the rig was tuned to 14.224 MHz. At the microphone was Guglielmo Marconi’s daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi. Shortly before noon another wireless Marconi message went out — this time to the historic Signal Hill station in Newfoundland, Canada. The special event coordinator of the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs, Chris Hillier VO1IDX, had arranged for their station VO1AA to make the contact. At the microphone in Canada was 18-year-old Aaron Kent Abbott VO1FOX.

Although Princess Elettra has visited both Marconi stations on previous occasions, the moment’s significance was lost on no one – the radio pioneer himself first transmitted from this New England station on Jan. 18, 1903 sending the first two-way wireless message from the U.S. to Europe. It was at the Newfoundland station on Dec. 12, 1901 that Guglielmo Marconi had received that historic first translatlantic signal – the letter “S” sent in Morse Code from England.

More than a century later, the event in May was no less remarkable, said Barbara Dugan N1NS, a trustee of KM1CC, the Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club. She said “Marconi’s magic was with us.”

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Kevin Trotman N5PRE.


PAUL/ANCHOR: To hear the QSO between Princess Elettra and the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs visit our website at and click on the tab that says “EXTRA.”


PAUL/ANCHOR: Fresh on the heels of the recent Museum Ships Weekend is International Museums Weekend – and in Ireland, one participating radio museum also has a Marconi connection. Here’s Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

JEREMY: Although ships, castles, pumping stations and aviation museums qualify as locations for International Museum activations, one museum near Dublin, Ireland is a natural for the event. Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio will be participating on Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th of June with the callsign EI0MAR. The museum is located in the Martello Tower the site of the first telegraphy station that connected Ireland to Great Britain in 1852. It was in this tower that America’s Lee de Forest experimented with wireless telegraphy at the turn of the 20th century. The tower was also home to a Marconi receiving station that conducted experimental telegraphy communications with the HMS Monarch. Hams will be operating from that tower during the weekend and organizers say volunteer operators are needed for both SSB and CW. For details on how to participate, send an email to ei0mar at eircom dot net (

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