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NARC's radio hams managed to contact 923 other radio amateurs in 71 countries on Saturday’s International Marconi Day.

The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) ran the all-day event to commemorate Caister's original Marconi Wireless Station, which was established in 1900. The station was in a house in the High Street known as Pretoria Villa and its original purpose was to communicate with ships in the North Sea and the Cross Sands lightship.

Each year, NARC normally operates from Caister Lifeboat, but due to the COVID restrictions the amateurs operated from their own home stations this year.

Using the call GB0CMS, and a mixture of Morse code, speech (SSB) and digital modes (FT8), the operation ran from midnight to midnight and contacts were made with other radio amateurs across the UK, Europe, Asia, South America and North America.

Notable contacts were made with New Zealand, The Philippines, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Panama, the Falkland Islands and Indonesia.

On Saturday, the closest to Guglielmo Marconi's birthday, stations around the world are set up at sites with historical links to the inventor's work. These include Poldhu in England; Cape Cod Massachusetts; Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; Villa Griffone, Bologna, Italy and many others.

NARC public relations officer Steve Nichols G0KYA, who organised the event for the club, said: “Last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID, so we were determined to put on a station this year to commemorate Marconi’s birthday.

“Everyone pulled out the stops and we were able to operate through the night with Chris G0DWV making 300 contacts to start us off.

Right: We were even heard on a cruise ship off the coast of Singapore.

MV Serenity in SingaporeThe rest of the event featured operations from Tony G0OOR, Gordon G3PXT, Malcolm, G3PDH, Roger G3LDI, Jim G3YLA, Steve G0KYA, Phil G4LPP and Andy M0NKR.

“QSO levels were high, but tailed off as the day wore on as you would expect, Steve said.

“At one point Karl VE6KDX reported on the DX Cluster that we were “Loud in Alberta” while Chris was operating on 20m SSB during the afternoon.

“I even received an email from John G7MAR/MM who was on the cruise ship “Crystal Serenity”, a few miles off the coast of Singapore. John heard us on 20m SSB but couldn’t get through unfortunately.”

“I think everyone made a great effort and it was nice to support International Marconi Day, even if we weren’t able to operate from Caister – hopefully we will be back next year,” said Steve.

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