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  • Friday, April 20, 2012

    GB0CMS: Caister Marconi Station active during International Marconi Day.

    by LU5DX facebook.com/LU5DX

    via QRZ.com


    Latest news: We are operating again in the 2012 IMD on Saturday 21st April 2012 .

    GB0CMS operates from the Caister Lifeboat Station, Norfolk, UK on International Marconi Day. Contacts with GB0CMS count towards the IMD Award - see http://www.gb4imd.com

    We usually operate two stations - one on 40/80m and the other on 20/15/10m, both running SSB OR CW. See gallery from 2010 and also 2011.

    You can also view a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z41FLKaT7eY

    QSL Notes: Please note we don't QSL all contacts due to the cost. If you would like a QSL, either send us a card via the bureau or send an SAE to the above address. Or send an email request to steve(at)infotechcomms.co.uk and I'll send a card to you via the bureau.

    Here are the historical details of the original Marconi station:

    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.


    M0RYB operating GB0CMS


    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.


    The Caister station was connected by land line to Gt Yarmouth Post Office and the Caister Coast Guard Station. The main aerial mast behind the house was 150 feet high, the aerial wire being suspended between this and a slightly shorter mast situated on land where Lacon Road was later built.


    The large front room of the house contained the main apparatus and was also used as the operating room. The engine for charging the accumulators was situated in a shed adjoining the house and the accumulators themselves were housed in a specially constructed annex.


    The remainder of the premises were used as a dwelling house for the officer-in-charge.


    More at qrz.com/GB0CMS