2015 Reports from the Internet

Southport and District Amateur Radio Club

International Marconi Day (IMD) is an annual 24-hour Amateur Radio event run by the Cornish Amateur Radio Club to celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi on 25th April 1874.

Whilst many people of the time were tinkering with radio communications, Marconi put radio communication on a commercial footing. Several transmitting and listening stations were established around the world and on shipping on the high seas; indeed the radio operators on the Titanic were employees of the Marconi Company and their expertise summoned the help to the stricken vessel.

This year was the event’s 28th year and it actually coincided with his birthday.

As a club we have always tried to support the IMD celebrations and were to use the call sign GB6IMD. Regrettably our shared clubhouse was already booked for another event so club members Brian (G0JCQ) and Dorothy (G4VYP) kindly offered the use of their conservatory.

Due to the conservatory not being open to the public (hi hi) we were unable to use the special event callsign we had obtained so we used our club call sign GX2OA/A instead.

Four members turned out to operate the station; Brian (G0JCQ), Roger (M0OMB), Chris (2E0XJP) and Ronnie (M3KDO). Brian had already erected the club’s full size G5RV antenna during the week and located his HF and VHF rigs in the conservatory. The setup was extremely comfortable with a regular supply of tea and coffee.

The station went live at 1124hrs (UTC) and closed down at 1705hrs (UTC). During that time the team worked 51 stations on HF (33 SSB and 18 CW) and 2 stations on 2m, the emphasis of the event being HF. Amongst the contacts were one F (France), one EI (Ireland), 2 MMs (Scotland) and 2 GWs (Wales). Several of the official registered IMD stations were worked too. Amongst the CW contacts were some worked by Brian using his Marconi key.

It was pleasing to work the following Club Members; Harold (G3LWK), Hearley (G4FMQ) and Bill (G4LBX) – thanks for dropping in gentlemen.

An enjoyable time was had by all and the Club extends its grateful thanks to Brian and Dorothy for their hospitality.

Chris 2E0XJP

SADARC Special Events Manager

We were not made aware that the call used for the event changed to GX2OA/A for the event.

If this change caused any problem with your award claim submitted to CRAC (a rejected as not official call sign) please do
let us know as it may have meant you were unable to claim the award. Similarly, if you were one short compared to the official
list but you had worked GX2OA/A you are not too late to claim.


Southgate Amateur Radio Club – USA

Special events to mark International Marconi Day

The ARRL report that Saturday, April 25, is the 28th International Marconi Day (IMD), organized by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club

IMD recognizes the anniversary of the birth of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, born on April 25, 1874. Participating stations are expected to be on the air during the period 0000 to 2400 UTC (ie, starting the evening of Friday, April 24, in US time zones). The occasion offers an opportunity to contact historic Marconi-related radio sites around the world on HF.

Among stations planning to be on the air is VP8VPC in the Falkland Islands. The VPC suffix recalls the call sign of the Marconi spark transmitters in Stanley. The 150 kW transmitter built in 1915 fed seven 305-foot masts and operated on 60-70 kHz. It was the most remote and most powerful station in the Royal Navy’s First World War network of stations. After the war VPC handled commercial message traffic to South America.

Certificate information and additional details are on the IMD website

Source ARRL


Mid Somerset ARC

GB3JTW, International Marconi Day (IMD) April 2015, a report by David G8BFV

Like last year (2014) the antenna was set up in the garden of Peter Street Rooms, except that this time it was a 40m dipole, courtesy of Graham G3TCT. Using the club’s TS-850, more stations were worked than in 2014 as conditions seemed rather better. We hope to operate GB3JTW again next year (2016).

International Marconi Day 2016

IMD 2016 will take place in 2016 on Saturday April 23rd, the Saturday nearest to Mr Marconi’s birth date.

This is one week before the Easter celebrations which, in the past have caused us to vary the date in the
interests of domestic harmony as Families sometimes do not understand the importance of our operations hi hi.

hope to see everyone back on air for another superb event.

Norman G4USB

Foundation Course to be held in September 2015

Please take action as soon as possible if you wish to take part in the new Foundation Course
commencing Saturday 5th September 2015

Foundation Course


The course will run over four Saturdays between the hours of 9.30am to 16.30pm as follows:
September 2015 on the 5th 12th 19th and the 26th

The Venue is our Club meeting place,

Gweal an Top School School Lane, Redruth. TR15 2ER

Before attending please purchase the Foundation Course syllabus Book from either the Radio Socity of Great Britain (RSGB) or via Amazon online .

Start reading the booklet before you attend as more times you read it the easier it is to understand the coursework as it unfolds over the duration of the training.

To make the training as easy as possible it is your resoinsibility to provide and bring with you to the training the following items:

A Pen & or Pencil
A Note Book or paper for note making
Your glasses if you need them to benefit from presentations projected on to a screen.

Tea and Coffee will be available, there will be a break at around lunch time when you will be able to consume the food brought from home or, if you wish there is a Co-op near the hall where food can be purchased including pastes if you fancy something warm.

The costs:

The Examination fee must be paid and this is currently £27.50. This money is forwarded directly to RSGB and covers the cost of entry to the examination and provision of exam papers etc. (Nothing retained by CRAC)

The cost of the hire of thye trainig venue is a moveab;e feast to some extent as it will be determined by the number of students taking the course with the cost divided equally between them. For example if the rent is £50 a session with 5 students each will pay £10…..

A form of identification must be presented to us at the beginning of the course and the following items are considered appropriate – Passport / Driving Licence / Birth Certificate

Please contact us to confirm your wish to attend the training sessions which lead to the examination itself by contacting either:

Ken Tarry: G0FIC: pendennis38 Phone:01209-821073


Steve Holland: G7VOH: g7voh Phone:01209-844939

This could be the fiurst step to joining a hobby that will be with you for the rest of your life and be the means of forging new friendships from not only the local area but around the UK, Europe and the whole World.

We hope to see you there.

Norman G4USB – President of CRAC

Photographs of the IY0GA operation

Hello Norman
We send to you photos by IMD 2015 Marconi Memorial Station IY0GA from Capo Figari – Golfo Aranci – Sardinia Island Italy Team From ARI Section Olbia

73 Roberto IS0JMA

4M5M – Card

GB4MHS – Card

IY0IMD – 2015

Photographs taken on April 25th at IY0IMD


Following a series of communications with the Secretary of this Marconi Group in Caracas, Venezuele I am pleased to confirm that their participation in Internationla Marconi Day has now been formalised and that the call sign is considered to be an official one where the award is concerned. The call will qualify for the 2015 award of course.

A a group they are representing Marconi’s activities in South America ans the South Atlantic.

The Group have been active every year since 2008 and have a super signal here in the UK. I talked with them at around 0120z on the 25th and arranged contact to formalise their joining the IMD family.

Welcome gentleman, I hope we will have many years association with you in the forthcoming events.

Norman G4USB

WK3N News

You may receive similar if you worked them on April 25th

IY1MG – NOT an official IMD award station

I became aware of IY1MG’s operation during the event as they had a lovely signal here. I spoke to them and asked if they wished to be added to the official station list but received no answer. Following the even I contacted them via e=mail and received the following response:

“This is to inform you that the special callsign IY1MG has been assigned as a special call only for the 25th april 2015 in order to commemorate the anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi’s birth, but this station was not looking for any award; sorry for misunderstanding “

They have declined my invitation to join the IMD family.

Should your award claim include their call and just 14 more we will take this into account and, issue an award as if they had been official as this seems the most appropriate action we can take.

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