Resting Place of Keel from Marconi’s Floating Lab Elettra to be “Museum Ships” Event Site


The resting place of the keel from wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi’s floating laboratory — the yacht Elettra — will be the site of a special event in conjunction with the annual Museum Ships Weekend Event, June 3-4, sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station NJ2BB.

Marconi named his youngest daughter after the Elettra, which means “electron” in Italian.

The Elettra special event, under the sponsorship of the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation, will use the call sign IQ4FE. The Elettra operation will be part of a technical-cultural event at Villa Griffone, near Marconi’s birthplace in Bologna, Italy. Members of the Italian Amateur Radio Association (ARI) Fidenza Radio Club will operate from the vicinity of the Marconi Museum in Pontecchio, where the vessel’s keel is kept. — Thanks to Cristiano Cornini, IW4CLV, ARI Fidenza Radio Club President



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