“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.



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


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

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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

VIARC Welcomes New Prefixes

The Vienna International Amateur Radio Club (VIARC) proudly announces that the VIARC will operate stations under the newly released callsigns of C7A and 4Y1A as a host institute.

The callsign block C7A-C7Z is allocated to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and 4YA-4YZ is allocated to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). VIARC is operating a UN amateur radio station with the callsign 4U1VIC at Vienna International Centre which hosts numerous UN organizations and other international organizations.

VIARC welcomes the new prefixes, C7 and 4Y, which are allocated to the UN organizations. Activations of these new callsigns will attract attention from all over the world, which will assist promotion of these organizations, as well as a whole UN system.

The new callsigns, C7A and 4Y1A, will be activated in special occasions
related to the organizations as commemorative operations, such as World Meteorological Day or International Civil Aviation Day.................

New UN Organisation Calls

Southern Ireland Repeater Network

A new 70cm repeater has been added to the Southern Ireland Repeater Network in the North Cork area.
The project has been completed by East Cork Amateur Radio Group.

It is located near Bweeng at about 410m ASL. The repeater callsign is EI7BWR and it operates on 430.875 with a shift of +7.6 MHz (Channel RU-70) and an access tone of 103.5 Hz.

The repeater was installed on Saturday March 22nd by Neil EI3JE, John EI8JA and special thanks to Gareth EI7FZB, who braved the elements on an extremely cold day to install the antennas and cables. This brings the number of repeaters on the network to six.....

New EI 70cm Repeater


Florence HamFest 2014

The Florence HamFest is an Italian Ham Radio Convention and Flea Market dedicated to Amateur Radio enthusiasts including Antique Radio, Boat anchors, military and surplus.

The only Ham Radio HamFest in Italy, exclusively and entirely dedicated to Amateur Radio.

Like last year it will be held in Spazio Reale, a local exposition and convention site, offering a large parking area, a 2000 meter square exposition area, Bar Restaurant and Pizzeria and Hotel.

During the morning will be held the second edition of the Ham Radio Home Brewing Contest, sponsored by ARI CRT, the ARI Firenze 50MHz Marathon prize-giving, and in the contiguous meeting rooms, some interesting workshops about Ham Radio Arduino Projects, AMSAT HAMTV, Presentation of World War II Enigma Machine, and CHIRP radio programming demonstration.......

Busy Italian HamFest

UK Amateur Radio Licence Review April

The RSGB reports Ofcom are planning to publish proposals regarding the Amateur Radio Licence for consultation at the end of April

The routine quarterly meeting between the RSGB and representatives of Ofcom was held on March 15, 2014. A wide range of issues affecting radio amateurs were discussed.

Ofcom agreed in principle to issue the special call sign G14YOTA for the month of December 2014 to allow young people in the UK to participate in the IARU YOTA on-air activity.

Read the RSGB report on the meeting at.......


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