Marconi Day - 26 April 2014

EI5IMD on Brow Head for Marconi Day on 26 April

Marconi’s wireless station on Brow Head near Crookhaven in West Cork operated from 1901 to 1914, handling message traffic between shipowners and ships arriving from North America. The station was so busy that it operated around the clock with six operators working in shifts.

2014 is the 100th anniversary of the station's closure, and Cork Radio Club members are QRV from the site on Saturday, 26th April for International Marconi Day. This is an annual worldwide special event that celebrates the great man on a Saturday near his birthday, which is 25th April 1874.

EI5IMD will operate two stations on CW and SSB, and possibly a third on digi modes. We hope to get more EIs and GIs in the log this year than before, so please call. The track up to the site is steep and narrow, and parking is tight on top but anyone is welcome to visit operations on the day.

Telford Radio Society operating GB8MD for Marconi Day

Telford and District Radio Society will be running a memorial radio station on the Welsh coast at Tywyn, Gwynedd, for International Marconi Day event. The club will use GB8MD ('Marconi Day') callsign for the day.

The site being used was part of Marconi's receive site for spark transmissions from across the Atlantic. Many buildings remain but are privately owned and there is no public access to them. The field in front of them is where the club will be operating from.

Visitors are welcome on-site during the day, but please take instructions on parking and access. Licenced visitors will be able to operate the station - please bring along your licence and some ID.

ontact the event organiser Simon Taylor 2E0CHV for more information on 07851 340162 or

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

The Ships Radio Room at Sandford Mill 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.

The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) will be operating demonstration stations using the call sign GX0MWT. The HF SSB demonstration station will be located in the historic Marconi 2MT Writtle hut which is now housed inside the museum while the CW team will operate another station from the first floor office.

Colin Page, G0TRM and his team will be demonstrating the impressive Mechanical Morse and Morse Key display with the opportunity for the youngsters to try their hand at sending Morse. The Morse punched paper tape sending and decoding process always proves to be a big hit with potential junior CW operators.

Sandford Mill is run with the help of the Friends of Chelmsford Museums and other ex-industry volunteers. It relies on the support of several voluntary bodies including Chelmsford amateur radio society, the Radio officers association, the Marconi veterans association and the Susan trust. Susan is the last wooden Chelmer Barge and is undergoing restoration (financed by funds devotedly raised by the Susan trust), before returning to her moorings at Sandford Mill.

The Museum is located in Sandford Mill Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6NY, admittance and parking are free, reports of previous events -

International Marconi Day is not a contest; it is an opportunity for amateurs around the world to make point-to-point contact with historic Marconi sites using HF communications techniques similar to those used by Marconi, and to earn an award certificate for working or hearing a requisite number of Marconi stations.

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