Sunday

Celebration Of First Great Britain-New Zealand Contact

If you've heard "2SZ" on the HF bands, it's not a pirate. The call sign is part of a special event http://www.gb2nz.com/ to mark the 90th anniversary of the first Amateur Radio contact between Great Britain and New Zealand in 1924. The radio operator in England was 18-year-old Cecil Goyder, operating the Mill Hill School station 2SZ.

The Radio Society of Great Britain, in partnership with groups of amateurs in the UK and New Zealand, invited participation in the celebration by recreating that original contact between the UK and New Zealand on 80 meters, and a lot of the activity has concentrated on that band when propagation has been favorable. The 2SZ call sign joined special event station GB2NZ, operated by various groups, in the celebration, which wraps up in the UK on October 18, the actual anniversary date.

On the New Zealand end of the circuit, ZM90DX http://www.zm90dx.com/ and ZL4AA are on the air, with many individual ZL stations also participating. ZM90DX will be active until October 31. Kiwi sheep farmer Frank Bell, Z4AA, a World War I veteran, was the other operator for the historic October 18, 1924 contact. Amateur Radio had only been authorized a year earlier in New Zealand, and Bell already had set some distance records. These included a September 21, 1924, contact with U6BCP in California, and an October 13, 1924, contact with U1SF in Connecticut.

In later years, Goyder emigrated to the US, where he served as the first communications officer for the United Nations. As for Bell, after being elected in absentia to the executive committee of the new International Amateur Radio Union in 1925, he apparently lost interest in radio. His sister Brenda took over Z4AA to become New Zealand's first female Amateur Radio operator and was the first New Zealand ham to contact South Africa in 1927. She later became a radio broadcaster.

1st G > ZL Contact

K For Kernow

K for Kernow

Thursday's edition of the Cornishman newspaper reported Ofcom had agreed to the K Regional Secondary Locator (RSL) proposal for Cornwall (Kernow)

The article says:

John Farrar G3UCQ, along with fellow amateurs Chris Lewis G3NHL and Keith Matthew G0WYS, campaigned for the letter K to be added to the traditional radio call sign – distinctly identifying those in the duchy from their counterparts across England.

Following the announcement earlier this year that Cornwall was to be granted minority status, the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club members decided Cornish radio amateurs should be put on the map.

"We put a dossier together and enlisted the support of all the MPs in Cornwall. Most of the radio amateurs in Cornwall supported it." Cornwall Council unanimously supported the plans at a meeting in September.

Communications regulator Ofcom has now approved the proposal meaning Cornwall is set to become the first county in the UK with a unique sign......

Regional Secondary for Cornwall

Thursday

EI1A - EI8GQB 20th Radio Activity From Ireland

Olivier ON4EI, is back to Ireland from 18th to 30th October 2014 to celebrate its 20th radio operation from Ireland where he will operate EI8GQB and EI1A during the CQ WW DX SSB contest.

In 2013 and 2014 Olivier scored with EI1A, tops Europe score in CQ WW WPX, IARU HF and IOTA contests in Low Power Single Op SSB category using its temporary field day style antenna park / SO2R station using with green energy.

18m high top loaded vertical monopole for 160-80m-40m bands + 32 radials.....read more

EI DX in October

Mars Mission To Include Ham Radio Operator

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASA officials, in a surprise announcement today, named their first choice for a five-member crew that will head to Mars by 2025. To the astonishment of many, the man is an amateur radio operator.

The chosen ham, now a soon-to-be astronaut, is Bill Thompson from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Thompson, who is well known in the amateur radio community, is the net control station for the nightly “Midwest 80m Rag Chew Net.” He can often be heard talking about his award-winning milk bottle collection and his fascination with color variations in rare African violets.

Officials at the space agency said a ham radio operator was a natural choice for the mission.

“Yeah, we needed a way to get the other astronauts into a deep sleep for the long journey,” said NASA spokesperson Ned Berkinhopper, ;o)

Long Range DX?

Sunday

“Most Unusual Expedition” Ever To Rely On Amateur Radio

Sixty-seven years ago, on August 7, 1947, the maritime mobile station LI2B concluded its journey from South America by washing ashore on an island in French Polynesia. It was better known as the Kon-Tiki, a raft constructed largely from balsa logs. Norwegian explorer and ethnologist Thor Heyerdahl wanted to prove that people from South America may have migrated to Polynesia, and he took Amateur Radio along on his ocean journey.

A December 1947 QST article, “Kon-Tiki Communications — Well Done!” called the trip the “most unusual expedition ever to place reliance on Amateur Radio for communication.” The Kon-Tiki departed Peru for Polynesia on April 28, 1947. “It was the theory of Heyerdahl, [the] leader of the venture, that the settlement of the Pacific Islands resulted from a migration of American peoples who had sailed there many of years ago, rather than a trek from Asia as claimed by other scientists,” the QST article explained. Much later DNA evidence proved that Heyerdahl’s assumptions were at least partially correct.

The expedition carried three watertight radio transmitters — one for 40 and 20 meters, one for 10 meters, and a third on 6 meters......

Kon-Tiki 'on the air'

Poldhu Radio Station's Role in WW1

The Falmouth Packet newspaper reports on amateur radio special event station GB100ZZ

ZZ was the callsign of the large station at Poldhu in Cornwall used for sending messages, weather reports and TTT danger and safety messages to merchant ships.

On August 4, 1914 this station sent a message announcing the outbreak of the First World War.

GB100ZZ marks not only this centenary but also pays tribute to all Wireless Operators (on both sides of the conflict) who gave their lives in that war.

The Radio Officers' Association have organised the station at the QTH of the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club and the Marconi Centre.

GB100ZZ

Friday

Radio Hams keep 'Queen Mary' on the Air

The Queen Mary, an ocean liner that once sailed the North Atlantic, is now permanently berthed in Long Beach, California, where it's a tourist attraction and hotel. In one of the rooms aboard the ship, the tradition of ship-to-shore wireless operations is continued and visitors are introduced to the hobby of ham radio.

A young visitor recently got an introduction to Morse code, the system of dots and dashes once used for wireless communication. Amateur radio operators, called "hams," still use it today.

The Queen Mary was the pride of the Cunard Line after its 1936 launch, and is now a popular tourist attraction.

The wireless room preserves the ocean liner's communications hub. Queen Mary Commodore Everette Hoard said it was a lifeline in emergencies, providing two-way messages -- ship to shore.......

CQ 'Queen Mary'

New Members Wanted

A Northumberland-based amateur-radio club wants to broadcast its existence to the world with the aim of attracting new members.

Northumbria Amateur Radio Club (NARC) has its base in Ellington, but welcomes enthusiasts from all over the county.

Formed in 1969, the club moved around for a number of years before finding a new permanent home in the village’s old telephone exchange.
Ever since, it has had a good level of membership, although that has dropped slightly in recent years to 23.

There are three honorary members, two foreign members, including one from Italy, and three junior members.

And committee member Michael Smith believes there may be amateur-radio fans in the area who don’t even know about the club, which is also interested in attracting newcomers to this hobby.......

Northumbria ARC

Saturday

Ham Sat Ops from Isle of Lewis

Camb-Hams will be operating on the amateur radio satellites using the call sign GS3PYE/P from the Isle of Lewis (IO68UL, EU-010) on April 26 to May 3, 2014

The Camb-Hams have been activating the Scottish Isles each year since 2008 and will be travelling to the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides in 2014. Thirteen operators will be active on all bands and many modes from 4m to 80m, 2m & 70cm for Satellites and 2m & 23cm for EME.

The HF bands will be covered by five simultaneous stations, while the 6m & 4m stations will have a great take-off towards the UK and Europe from the island’s northern tip in IO68 square. 2m and 23cm EME will be available with a portable low-ERP Yagi system, mainly focussed on JT modes. 2m and 70cm will be available for portable satellite operations.......

Isle of Lewis Satellite Ops

St George Amateur Radio Society Inc

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Low Cost DX-peditions - 2 April 2014

Paul Weir VK4FPDW will give a talk about a DX-pedition that he helped organise and participate in. The goal was to do it for a low cost. Paul will share his experiences which will prove that it's possible to go on a DX-pedition without breaking the bank.
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 2nd of April 2014, commencing at 7.30 PM. The venue is the rooms of The St George Amateur Radio Society, Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point.
Entry to this event is free and visitors are welcome. For more information about this event, amateur radio or SGARS, email info@sgars.org

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Tuesday

International Marconi Day At Sandford Mill

Sandford Mill, Chelmsford's former waterworks, is primarily a museum collections store and science education resource, however it is open to the public for special events during the year.

Sandford Mill has featured in TV programmes such Great British Railway Journeys and The Wave Messengers. The building houses an extensive radio collection, with some equipment dating back to the 1890’s.

There is a series of five ship’s radio room displays representing different decades including some very rare Marconi equipment from ships contemporary with the Titanic.

The first public open day of 2014 will be held on Saturday, 26 April from 10am to 5pm to celebrate the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi who was born 25 April, 1874.................

IMD April

Data Modes At Thurrock Acorns

The newest club in Essex, the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club, held its third get-together on Tuesday the 18th of March.

The theme for the night was ‘Data Modes’ with two of the club’s active data users, Neil G0RNU and Ricky M6DII working alongside Pete M0PSX from Essex Ham.

Attendees learned about the benefits of working the world using modes such as WSPR, JT65 and PSK31, discussed experiences of getting set-up, looked at the structure of a data contact, and saw a demo data station being set up using a Yaesu FT857 with the Digimaster ProPlus data interface......

New Essex ARC

Bletchley Park: Colossus At 70

On February 5, 2014, The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park celebrated the 70th anniversary of the world's first electronic computer Colossus

Radio amateur Tony E. Sale, who passed away August 28, 2011, started the project to rebuild Colossus in 1993 and it was completed in 2007.

In the early 1950's Tony was a research assistant at Marconi’s laboratories at Great Baddow, Essex, where he was an assistant to Peter Wright (author of Spycatcher) on research into Doppler radar.

Tony Sale was a member of the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and the first edition of their newsletter CQ-TV, published October 1949 carries a report by Tony. It is understood he was issued a no-Morse G3K?? TV amateur licence in 1955 when he was living in Rayleigh, Essex, prior to him joining MI5. If anybody has an old callbook from that era and can find the call sign please let us know.......

Bletchley Park

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