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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX019 (1996)

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ARLX019 Transatlantic anniversary

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Special Bulletin 19  ARLX019
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  December 13, 1996
To all radio amateurs

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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.
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