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Sunday, December 16, 2012

II1M Marconi Special Event Station

I felt fortunate to catch this "Special Event Station" (II1M) celebrating the "first transatlantic radio transmission" by Marconi in 1902 this morning. They were transmitting CW from Chivasso Italy, and putting a fantastic signal into West Virginia from 4,394 miles distance. It was an easy catch and a memorial one. I found this station on the 17 meter band

Volumes have been written about him and well worth a good read at any time. Marconi was born in Bologna Italy and thanks to this great pioneer, our hobby has been well served. Even today, there has not been a better form of communications, decipherable with the human ear, ever surpassed. Our CW radio mode is forever debited to him.


Dick said...

Now that's a real special events station. Nice contact.

Jspiker said...

Hello Dick,

I thought so too. We think very much the same.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Great catch John I'm envious! Been busy with other stuff and not got much radio time in. But the weather has been nice allowing me to do things outdoors. When it gets colder I'll get the station powered up.

Jspiker said...

Can't say I blame you about the outdoors and especially with a good mountain bike. Hihi

I didn't realize they were going to be on the air and caught them at the right place and time.

KL8DX said...

I agree, awesome catch and an awesome dedication! I am envious of that catch for sure!

Jspiker said...

Hello Phil,'s a good one! Marconi was a true pioneer in the radio mode. It all started with a simple three clicks for the letter "S".