History-Related Events will Operate from Cape Cod National Seashore:
The ARRL Letter
March 8, 2018
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History-Related Events will Operate from Rare Grid in Cape Cod National Seashore:
It is mere coincidence that the Titanic disaster in 1912 -- one of the
worst maritime disasters in history -- and the birth of Guglielmo
Marconi in 1874 -- the developer of the wireless gear equipping the
ill-fated ship -- both occurred in April. Marconi Wireless Company
radio operators aboard the Titanic transmitted the distress signal
after the gigantic vessel struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic on
its maiden voyage. Co-located Amateur Radio special events in April
will commemorate both events, which will take place from FN51, a rare
grid square that's mostly water. ARRL International Grid Chase 2018
take note! Both events will be held at the Nauset Coast Guard Station
in Eastham, Massachusetts.
The Titanic/Marconi Memorial Radio Association of Cape Cod operation
will use W1MGY, in recognition of the Titanic's MGY call sign.
Operation will begin on Saturday, April 12, at 9 AM ET and continue
until April 15 at 1:27 AM ET (0527 UTC) -- the time when the Virginian
heard Titanic's last radio message 106 years ago. The Titanic disaster
claimed some 1,500 lives. W1MGY trustee Barry Hutchinson, KB1TLR, said
plans call for coverage on all bands, mostly within the General-class
subbands, on CW and SSB. Two stations are planned.
Marconi's wireless station in Wellfleet on Cape Cod -- now on the
National Register of Historic Places -- played a role in the rescue of
740 survivors from the Titanic. Marconi's wireless operator onboard the
rescue ship Carpathia contacted the Titanic that fateful night to
inform the wireless operator that the Cape Cod station was transmitting
messages to the ill-fated ship. The Titanic's Marconi wireless operator
promptly replied, "Come at once. We have struck a berg," initiating the
rescue of survivors.
Grid square FN51 is mostly water.
The Saturday, April 21, International Marconi Day (IMD
http://gx4crc.com/gb4imd/) operation by the Marconi Cape Cod Radio
Club will use the call sign KM1CC
which recognizes the former WCC shore station on Cape Cod. Operation
will be on CW, SSB, and digital modes.
KM1CC will be among many stations participating in IMD activities on
April 21. The 24-hour event is typically held on the Saturday closest
to Marconi's birth date. During IMD, Amateur Radio enthusiasts around
the world will attempt to make contact with various historic Marconi
sites using communication techniques similar to those that Marconi
used. Registered stations must operate from a site with some connection
Stations may register
email@example.com for International Marconi
Day 2018 via e-mail. The list of stations
http://gx4crc.com/imd-stations/ already signed up for the 2018 IMD,
along with their operating sites, is posted on the Cornish Radio
Amateur Club website.
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