Transatlantic first- Three Towns Pride

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On 11 December 1921 history of international radio communications changed when in Abbotsford (in Three Towns) a radio transmission from Greenwich Connecticut in the USA was received in a field. The Man that intercepted the transmission was the Late Paul F Godley, There is a plaque erected by the Radio Society of Great Britain, commemorating the site of the great feat

RSGB Marconi Plaque at Abbotsford
RSGB Marconi Plaque at Abbotsford

 

Some 1500 feet of wire coated with phosphor and bronze was suspended a few feet above the ground. There is some doubt as to the exact location due to the description of the site as “seaweed covered” this would not describe the place where the plaque is located today.

This contact was made on 230m received on an Armstrong Superhet

Armstrong Superhet Reciever
Armstrong Superhet Receiver
The tent which housed the receiver for the contact
The tent which housed the receiver for the contact
Masts holding the Antenna Wire
Masts holding the Antenna Wire
The Original CW sent message
The Original CW sent message
The Original Transmitter in the USA
The Original Transmitter in the USA
As shipped to Ardrossan for the original communication
As shipped to Ardrossan for the original communication

The 95th Anniversary

ARRL and Jason O’Neil GM7VSB agreed to again put on a station for the event, Contacts were made on 20m CW and 20m SSB, recorded by BBC Scotland, present during the filming where The Star who put it all together, Jason GM7VSB, with Len (RSGB Board member) GM0ONX and Marcus MM0ZIF (RSGB Region One Manager). We are hoping to obtain TV and radio transcript of the afternoon.

 

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