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GB0CMS QSLCARDOn Saturday 24th April 2021 NARC will once again be running a special event station with the callsign GB0CMS as part of the International Marconi Day celebrations.

But this year will be a little different due to the Covid restrictions. We have special permission for you to operate GB0CMS from your home QTH this year.

Operation is only available to paid-up Norfolk Amateur Radio Club members with full licences and you can operate IMD on any HF band from 160m -10m (including WARC bands) on Saturday 24th April 2021. Note VHF contacts do not count towards the IMD award so please do not use GB0CMS on 6m, 2m, 70cm or higher. This would be in breach of the GB0CMS licence.

What is International Marconi Day?
On this day, the closest Saturday to Guglielmo Marconi's birthday, stations around the world will be set up at sites with historical links to the inventor's work.

Radio amateurs around the world will contact as many of these stations as possible to try and win an award. We therefore have to hand out GB0CMS to as many stations as possible on HF (VHF/UHF contacts do not count).

The station will run for 24 hours and we are looking for operators to work from home.

Both SSB and CW can be used, as can RTTY modes including PSK and FT4/8.

What has Caister got to do with Marconi?
In 1896 the patent for wireless telegraphy was issued to Guglielmo Marconi and the following year the Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company came into being.

The first coastal station was built at Alum Bay, Isle of Wight and in 1900 the company name changed to Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. Ltd.

By the end of that year a chain of coastal stations had been built at strategic points on the coastline, one of these being at Caister on the east coast of the UK.

The Marconi station was established at Caister in 1900, in a house in the High Street known as Pretoria Villa. Its original purpose was to communicate with ships in the North Sea and from 1906 it was also able to communicate with the Cross Sand lightship – all via CW of course.

New technology made the Caister station out of date and it finally closed in 1929. The masts were taken down and a few years later the house became the village Police Station.

How do I get involved?
Due to OfCom regulations, we can only allow full licensees to operate with the callsign. That is, you cannot use the callsign if you are a foundation or intermediate licence holder.  If you want to be an operator you can add your name to the roster (accessible on the internet here). Just pick a one-hour slot. If for any reason you can’t complete the roster just email Steve (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your details and he will add them.

Caution! Please note the roster time is in UTC (GMT). We are currently one hour ahead on BST. So, if you select, say, 14:00-15:00hrs UTC, you will actually be operating from 15:00-16:00hrs BST. Please do not overrun your selected slot and DO NOT operate with the call GB0CMS  unless you are on the roster. 

Is it only HF?
Operation will be HF only as that is what people will need to use to win the IMD award. Note: VHF contacts cannot be used as part of an IMD award entry.

Is it a contest?
No, but hundreds of amateurs want to contact you so that they can claim their award, therefore “contest-style” operating (fast and slick) may be necessary at times to cope with the piles-ups. If things quieten down you can then have more of a rag chew!

How well do we do?
Generally, we manage to contact more than 200 other radio amateurs in more than 30 different countries. Notable contacts have included hams in the Caribbean, Australia, USA, Canada and across Europe. This year, as we can operate for the full 24 hours I expect the QSO count to even higher!

Where can I find out more?
See: http://www.qsl.net/gb0cms/ and http://www.gb4imd.org.uk/
Video from 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z41FLKaT7eY
Video from 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8ZRW0q6SyI
Video from 2014 (G4TUK): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXYp0T4FH8k

Steve G0KYA, 2nd April 2021

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