W1AA Special Operating Event

Hello CLIMAX Event Dec 29 – 30

Reginald A. Fessenden 100th Anniversary Event, Hull, Massachusetts.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the First Voice Broadcast.

W1AA (Marconi Radio Club) will represent and operate from near the Station Point Allerton Life Saving Station in Hull, Massachusetts on December 30, 2006. The W1AA operation will recognize the contributions to marine safety at sea made by Reginald A. Fessenden’s invention of voice communication.

W1AA is a member of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society, and has activated 54 lighthouses and lightships in Massachusetts and Rhode Island over the last three years.

Operation will be from 7:00 AM EST(2000 UTC) to 4:00 PM (2100 UTC). W1AA will start on 80 SSB, check 3996.0. Look for W1AA between the nets, most likely below 7270, down to 7225. Check “7234”. 20 phone later in the morning above 14310, or 17 meters above 18150. We will return to 40 phone about 1530 to 1600 UTC, about noon local time. CW operation will be conducted roughly on the half hour but could happen any time, 7035, 10116, 14035 and 18080 kHz, plus or minus QRM.

A special Point Allerton Life Saving Station photo QSL will be provided.

QSLs are via the W1 QSL Bureau and stateside are via W1AA please with an SASE

Watch the live DX Cluster (HF DX Spots) and look for W1AA spots

Visit W1AA, Marconi Radio Club Web Site

Visit the Point Allerton Life Saving Station Museum

Listen to Fessenden’s first voice transmission on December 23, 1900 — he says,

“Hello! Test, 1, 2, 3, 4. Is it snowing where you are Mr. Thiessen?”

Play file using Quicktime or Windows from the Hello-Radio website.