Here is a message received from Bob VP8LP asking to register as an official IMD
station for 2015 and we are delighted to have them join us for the first time on the
28th IMD event.
I would like to register for the first time.
The connection is that:
there was a Marconi station here. Here is a brief history of the VPC
station, and the Marconi connection. We would like to operate on 25th
April, and have been allocated the amateur call VP8VPC.
The call sign VPC was originally allocated to a 5kW spark transmitter built at Stanley in 1911; the station was built in 1915 at the West
end of Stanley harbour, using a 150kW Marconi spark transmitter with
seven 305 foot masts and operating at 60-70 kHz. It began operation in
1916 and was the most remote and the most powerful of a network of stations built for the Royal Navy during the First World War.
After the war, it continued to carry commercial traffic to South America for a while but ceased operation in 1922 and the station was
mothballed; commercial operations then reverted to the 1911 station.
In 1931, the spark transmitter was dismantled and a new HF transmitter
installed enabling direct communication with the UK, and the station provided the islands international communications until after the
Second World War when a new station was built near Stanley.
The masts were demolished in 1956 but the buildings survived until 1983 when
they were demolished following the Falklands conflict.
Group Name Call Sign and Location:
VP8VPC Stanley, Falkland Islands
We are looking forward to spring … it has been a tough winter … below freezing for almost 2 months .. second highest snow fall on record..
The furnace runs all the time …
Can’t do anything outside to get the 40 ft tower and beam up …snow is over 2 feet deep … we do have an 80 M dipole up
which we can use for IMD with the autotuner …..
W1AA Marconi Radio Club
Our back yard borders 600 acres of conservation land …with all kinds of wildlife … the animals and birds are suffering this winter ..
The deer are coming into our property to eat the plantings and bushes …. first time we have ever had this happen …
They still continue to trickle in. There is a new registration for the first time this year and that will be entered once I have a few photographs to include on the site. A station that will get a lot of attention for sure. Stay tuned for the information…………..
Confirmed up to today :
W1AA/MSC – representing the 1901 Siasconset Nantucket Island Station Mass USA
As at 23/2/15 the following additional confirmations received.
DA0IMD – Borkum Is
IY7M – Italy
N2MO – Wall NJ
Today there is one more confirmation:
GB4MHS – Oxford
There will also be a new group joining us to represent the Tetney Beam Station
details will follow when they obtain their special call.
The following Stations have now confirmed:
GB5FHC – Fraserburgh
GB1BM – Brooklands Museum
The following will not be taking part this year:
K2NJ – West Jersey DX Group
AO0IMD – Cape Finisterre
KM1CC – Cape Cod
GB4M – Daventry
GB0MBS – Dorchester
Will not be with us in 2015
Gordano group from Flatholm Is
Could the following IMD Groups please provide me with up to date contact e-mail information
My recent messages have been returned as undeliverable and therefore need fresh updated contact information please.
Norman – G4USB
Thank you for your assistance
Three further confirmations received today 10/2/15
GB2GM – Poldhu, Cornwall
IY0TC – Torre Chiaruccia Santa Marinella, Italy
EI0IMD – Mizen Head Co Cork
Would groups [please note I received 13 undeliverable mail responses to my mailing.
Obviously personnel or e-mail addresses have changed. If your IMD group has not received
any message from us this could be the reason. Please advise of any change in contact details.