ARRL Centenial celebration W1AW "stations" part deux

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W5INC, Jun 30, 2019.

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  1. KP4SX

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    I-95 !
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  2. N2EY

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    Maybe something "unofficial"?

    In December 1996, there was a commemorative station (N1BCG) in Greenwich CT on 160 meters for the 75th anniversary. They used a transmitter which was a replica of the one used at 1BCG in 1921 - designed by E. H. Armstrong.

    I have visited the historic marker near the 1BCG site. Very inspiring.


    I suspect that's because you have a decent antenna system.....and are willing to listen...

    I see people whining about "propagation", yet on Field Day this year the 40 and 20 meter CW stations at the group I was with made 900+ QSOs EACH. 20 was open until about local midnight; 40 never closed.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
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  3. W6GMT

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    Yes it would be Fun to do it AGN but the cost of The QSL cards was very high for the ARRL and might be a show stopper. Did WAS /W1AW last time as a Tech should a lot easer as a General
  4. W5INC

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    Hard to catch a fish with no bait in the water, or on the hook. Advertising costs, but it does raise the ARRL flag and get it's products out there. I don't think the ARRL can get a better bang for it's advertising buck anywhere else and the Centennial W1AW 50 state project hit their targeted audience directly, for a extended time period. Sounds like a win/win to me.
  5. K2XT

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    Unfortunately (google earth) the actual site where the 1BCG antenna and shack were is now a swimming pool behind a house. I wonder if they have any idea of the significance of their property, and if they did would they care?
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  6. N2EY

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    Sadly, yes. But it's been that way a long long time - when the historic marker was unveiled (1950?) it was put where it is today because the actual 1BCG site had been developed.

    and this:

    has lots of info.
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  7. WA2CWA

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    Actually, it was W1BCG:
    "SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX019 ARLX019 Transatlantic anniversary ZCZC AX65

    QST de W1AW Special Bulletin 19 ARLX019

    From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT December 13, 1996

    To all radio amateurs SB SPCL ARL ARLX019 ARLX019

    Transatlantic anniversary

    December 11 marked the 75th anniversary of the first shortwave transatlantic radio transmission, sent from Greenwich, Connecticut,
    to an American amateur in Ardrossan, Scotland, in 1921 (see QST, Dec 1996, page 30, for details).The US station, 1BCG, was owned
    by Minton Cronkhite. In Scotland, Paul Godley, 2ZE, copied a message sent by 1BCG.

    A commemorative W1BCG operation, using a replica of the 1921 transmitter, continues through December 15 in the vicinity
    of 1815 kHz in the 160-meter band (as close as practical to the original frequency, which was 1350 kHz--in the present-day
    standard broadcast band).

    The RSGB reports that, on the other side of the Atlantic, members of the Yeovil Amateur Radio Club used restored and
    replica 1920s receivers this week to pick up the signal from W1BCG.



    N1BCG commemorated the 95th anniversary of the 1BCG transatlantic accomplishment :

    From the ARRL web site:

    Transatlantic Reception Anniversary Special Event Set for December 11
    An Amateur Radio special event on December 11 will commemorate the 95th anniversary of the first transatlantic shortwave reception between Greenwich, Connecticut, and Scotland. A school near the original site is hosting the event. ARRL, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), and the Radio Club of America (RCA), are partnering in sponsoring the activity. The Greenwich Historical Society will also participate.

    On December 11, 1921, reception in Ardrossan, Scotland, of a radio signal transmitted from an RCA test station — located in a small shack on the property of Minton Cronkhite, 1BCG, on the corner of Clapboard Ridge Road and North Street in Greenwich — helped to usher in the age of global communication. The special event will use N1BCG, the call sign of Clark Burgard of Greenwich, who obtained that call sign to commemorate this bit of radio history. Burgard was instrumental in making arrangements for the event.

    The N1BCG special event will begin on Sunday, December 11, at 1200 and conclude at 0300 UTC on December 12. It will include an attempt at a two-way contact between N1BCG and GB2ZE, operated by Jason O'Neill, GM7VSB, in Ardrossan.

    Reception in Scotland of the 1BCG signal was part of the second series of ARRL transatlantic tests. For the receiving end, the ARRL Board had selected a receiver designed by Paul Godley, 2ZE, and Godley traveled to the UK to oversee that end of the circuit. Joining Godley in a field in Ardrossan, southwest of Glasgow, was Marconi Company District Inspector D.E. Pearson. As the QST article, "The Transatlantic Tests" (QST Dec. 2014) by Michael Marinaro, WN1M, recounted, "The two attempted to keep out of the driving wind and rain by sheltering themselves -- and their equipment -- in a tent. This rough listening post was comprised of a (superheterodyne and regenerative) receiver, a 1,300-foot Beverage antenna suspended 12 feet above ground, batteries, and auxiliary equipment."

    On the morning of December 10, CW signals of 1BCG, which had been designed and constructed by Radio Club of America members -- were solidly copied on 230 to 235 meters (about 1.3 MHz). They were the only signals heard that morning in Ardrossan. By the end of the test, eight spark and 18 CW stations had been heard as well.

    N1BCG operation will be on AM on 75 and 40 meters; CW and SSB on 40 meters, CW on 30 meters, and CW and SSB on 20 and 17 meters.

    Approximate frequencies are 3.880 (AM), 7.290 (AM), 7.235 (SSB), 7040 (CW), 10.112 (CW), 14.280 (SSB), 14.040 (CW), 18.125 (SSB), and 18.088 MHz CW.
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  8. N2EY

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  9. W3WN

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    Never mind.
  10. WJ4U

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    Being W1AW/4 for while was interesting, being on the other side of a pileup!

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