There are potentially just short of 90 official IMD Stations in 2015.
Working the award has just become far easier even for those unable to run past 10w due to their licence restrictions. Requiring to work approximately 1 in 6 of the groups on the day should be achievable whereas in the early days you were looking as 1 in 3 of 1 in 4 to get the required entries in your log.
Remember please, IMD is not a contest and, be patient if the operators are having a chat passing on details of their location or the event in general as we actively encourage contacts that are more friendly than a ‘5&9 next’ without even a please. You will still find some groups treating it as a contest and we tend to call them and pit the record straight hi hi.
There are probably thousands of M3,M6,2E0’s here in the UK who thing obtaining an award for their shack wall is difficult or even impossible, believe me it is not and the certificate we offer is of high quality and it will grace any radio room wall.
Go on lads and lasses give it a try in April.
Norman – G4USB
Co-Founder of IMD
It is simply amazing how large the IMD event has become since its inception when there were just 5 official IMD stations operational.
This year so far 45 Stations have confirmed their participation on April 25th.
Evem more amazingly that means I am still awaiting conformation of either participation or absence from a further 42 Stations.
So with a little over 7 weeks to go we are only half way.
What I am trying to avoid is the customary last minute rush in the final few days leading up to the event. With a full time occupation and taking leave on the day prior to IMD there may not be the chance to update everything on this site and that can cause upset to those chasing the award.
If you are on the team at any of the IMD groups please check that your representative has confirmed to me, either way, if not please ask them to do so as soon as possible.
It was fine when there were less that 20 call signs in the list but now everything takes a little longer to complete.
W2MRC – Somerstet New Jersey
News of another event from Whitey for everyones information
To all former Maritime or Military ship radio operators ……and shore station operators …and interested parties ….
MARITIME RADIO DAY April 14 2015 ……Celebrate by taking part.
You can register on this web page http://www.doese-apprt.de/mrd/ click on REGISTER …
Click on CREW to see participating stations.
Whitey K1VV CG Reserve RM2
K1VV / NJPJ
CG Cutter RELIANCE
Here is a message received from Bob VP8LP asking to register as an official IMD
station for 2015 and we are delighted to have them join us for the first time on the
28th IMD event.
I would like to register for the first time.
The connection is that:
there was a Marconi station here. Here is a brief history of the VPC
station, and the Marconi connection. We would like to operate on 25th
April, and have been allocated the amateur call VP8VPC.
The call sign VPC was originally allocated to a 5kW spark transmitter built at Stanley in 1911; the station was built in 1915 at the West
end of Stanley harbour, using a 150kW Marconi spark transmitter with
seven 305 foot masts and operating at 60-70 kHz. It began operation in
1916 and was the most remote and the most powerful of a network of stations built for the Royal Navy during the First World War.
After the war, it continued to carry commercial traffic to South America for a while but ceased operation in 1922 and the station was
mothballed; commercial operations then reverted to the 1911 station.
In 1931, the spark transmitter was dismantled and a new HF transmitter
installed enabling direct communication with the UK, and the station provided the islands international communications until after the
Second World War when a new station was built near Stanley.
The masts were demolished in 1956 but the buildings survived until 1983 when
they were demolished following the Falklands conflict.
Group Name Call Sign and Location:
VP8VPC Stanley, Falkland Islands
We are looking forward to spring … it has been a tough winter … below freezing for almost 2 months .. second highest snow fall on record..
The furnace runs all the time …
Can’t do anything outside to get the 40 ft tower and beam up …snow is over 2 feet deep … we do have an 80 M dipole up
which we can use for IMD with the autotuner …..
W1AA Marconi Radio Club
Our back yard borders 600 acres of conservation land …with all kinds of wildlife … the animals and birds are suffering this winter ..
The deer are coming into our property to eat the plantings and bushes …. first time we have ever had this happen …
They still continue to trickle in. There is a new registration for the first time this year and that will be entered once I have a few photographs to include on the site. A station that will get a lot of attention for sure. Stay tuned for the information…………..
Confirmed up to today :
W1AA/MSC – representing the 1901 Siasconset Nantucket Island Station Mass USA
As at 23/2/15 the following additional confirmations received.
DA0IMD – Borkum Is
IY7M – Italy
N2MO – Wall NJ
Today there is one more confirmation:
GB4MHS – Oxford
There will also be a new group joining us to represent the Tetney Beam Station
details will follow when they obtain their special call.