1BCG 95th Anniversary
A massive promotional event is scheduled for Sunday, December 11 to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the radio transmission that pioneered global communications and set the groundwork for technology widely used today.
In 1921, the faint signal from experimental amateur radio station 1BCG originated from a small shack in a field off North Street in Greenwich and was heard in Ardrossan, Scotland, marking the first successful transmission of any radio signal across the Atlantic using short wave frequencies. A monument is located at the Clapboard Ridge Road intersection.
Because of both the historical and technological significance, Connecticut based American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is teaming up with the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) to recreate the event using both vintage and modern radio transmitters and receivers ranging from a 1950’s-era radio transmitter owned by American rocker Joe Walsh to the latest in software defined radio (SDR) operating CW, AM, and SSB.
The event will run from 1200 to 0000Z (7:00am to 7:00pm EST) at the Greenwich Country Day School, 401 Old Church Road in Greenwich. Operating frequencies will be posted on the ARRL website (www.arrl.org) so that licensed amateur radio operators throughout the U.S. and around the world can make contacts with the event stations in Greenwich (N1BCG) and Ardrossan (GB2ZE). Commemorative items will be awarded to all who participate in this global social networking event that will span all continents, countries, and cultures.
Links to additional information:
Greenwich Historical Society: http://www.greenwichhistory.org/DYK_message
N1BCG site: http://www.internetwork.com/radio/n1bcg/
European website: http://www.amateurradio.eu/gm/silent-keys/2ze-paul-godley.html