WWV Celebrates 100 Years of Public Broadcasts

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KK0ECT, Apr 30, 2020.

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  1. KK0ECT

    KK0ECT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hey all - just a heads up that tomorrow WWV celebrates 100 years of public broadcasting. It made it's first scheduled public broadcasts on May 1, 1919 with a Victrola connected to a transmitter.

    To celebrate 100 years of public broadcasts, WWV ARC is activating WW0WWV for the month of may. There will be a special QSL printed for this event which you will be able to request via OQRS.

    For more history about WWV see A Century of WWV an excellent paper documenting the history of WWV, written by one of the current engineers who works there, Glenn Nelson.

    More information about the event can be found on the WW0WWV QRZ page.

    W0BTU, W9KEY, KF4ZKU and 8 others like this.
  2. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yeah we did that last year in WWV had a special event station setup in Fort Collins
    You're probably a member of that Northern Colorado amateur radio club, a great bunch of guys
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  3. KK0ECT

    KK0ECT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was part of the team who organized the 100th anniversary of WWV (the assignment of the callsign to the NBS). This is celebrating, specifically, the first scheduled public broadcasts from WWV. I am not personally a member of NCARC, but I am a member of WWVARC and Fort Collins CW.
  4. W3WN

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    Ah, if WWV made it's first public broadcasts on 1 May 1919, wouldn't this year (May 2020) be the 101st anniversary?

    All kidding aside, I just looked at that paper on the centennial. The year in your first post IS a typo, the first broadcast was 1 May 1920.
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  5. KK0ECT

    KK0ECT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for that catch
  6. W3AMT

    W3AMT Ham Member QRZ Page

    A Red Green Fan
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  7. KC5NOA

    KC5NOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    At least WWV lists sunspots and the number,QRZ just says we are in deep solar minimum. And you thought fake news was in just main stream media.
  8. W8AAZ

    W8AAZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Gee I hope it is a QSL sized QSL that I could display. These special event stations that publish "certificates" that are the size of a letter take up too much space if you even could display them. I work stations and they say OK, send a gigantus envelope SASE and we will send you a certificate, I pass.
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  9. KA4DPO

    KA4DPO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    According to Wikipedia, "WWV was first established in 1919 by the Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C. It has been described as the oldest continuously-operating radio station in the United States, and NIST celebrated WWV's centennial on October 1, 2019".

    You guys are a year late and a couple of dollars short, but it's OK. I just hope the government keeps WWV operational for another hundred years.
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  10. W3WN

    W3WN Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    John, John, John...

    The centenary of the STATION was last October. This is the centenary of start of BROADCASTING from the station.

    I know. It’s subtle, but there is a difference.
    W0BTU, KF4ZKU, WA5PCR and 5 others like this.

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