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.
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
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).