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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX009 (2002)

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ARLX009 Special Event, ARISS Contact To Mark Transmission Centennial

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Special Bulletin 9  ARLX009
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  December 27, 2002
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLX009 Special Event, ARISS Contact To Mark Transmission Centennial

Special event station KM1CC will be on the air January 11-19, 2003,
to mark the 100th anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi's inaugural
wireless transmission between the US and Great Britain January 18,
1903.

Marconi used a 35 kW rotary spark transmitter and a massive antenna
system to transmit a 54-word greeting from President Theodore
Roosevelt to England's King Edward VII. The monarch promptly
acknowledged receipt of the message via land line and cable.

The special event will take place at the former Coast Guard station
at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts, which is near the
original Marconi site. Operation will include several amateur modes,
including SSB, CW, FM, digital and satellite. The special event
station will open to the public from 9 AM until 5 PM EST
(1400-2200z), but operating will take place 24 hours a day.

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school
contact is to be scheduled during the weeklong celebration. Selected
students from three Cape Cod high schools will speak via KM1CC with
a member of the new Expedition 6 ISS crew.
 
Marconi's daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi, is scheduled to attend
the a reenactment of the groundbreaking wireless transmission on
January 18, when KM1CC will transmit the text of Roosevelt's
original message to King Edward VII.

Additional details are on the Marconi Radio Club Web site at
http://personal.tmlp.com/k1vv/w1aa .
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