Al Prudhomme Jr.
There was a lot of publicity and sound bites over KM1CC on the air celebration
of the 100 th year of the very first long distance radio transmission January
18th 1903. To be the first in anything is a big feat, for many reasons. I would
like to put this in historical perspective, rather then as a modern day ham
radio operation at the site. Marconi, as did everyone else of his time, had a
very basic understanding of radio and electromagnetism, but they were on to
something and Marconi showed them the possibilities. Go back with me to that
day, Marconi needed high voltage this was done by four gas driven generators
. One generator kept breaking down finally on Jan 18 all four were "on line" 50
KV was available this fed to a three foot four arc point rotating disc at about
350 RPM's to get a spark gap generated frequency of around 480 KHZ give or
take a few. Next he needed lots and lots of wire about two miles strung out on
four 200 foot poles. Marconi engineered all this. Reports that night speak of
a tremendous noise in the transmitter building, a blue haze of smoke and a
strong ozone smell, as CW was tapped out for the first time over a long
distence.Truly it was a remarkable experience...
To follow over the years 1912 saw the first use of how radio could save life
at sea with the sinking of Titanic.. 1921 KDKA went on first with big
transformer modulated radio transmitter to begin the commercial broadcast age,
Ham radio was there as a great hobby threw the years here to the age of
digital radio and cell phones. Yet let's remember it all started in a noisy
haze filled wooden framed building on Cape Cod, now a century ago.
The ARRL board meeting ,I attended ,in Springfield with the director and his
staff for New England,K1KI Tom Frenaye, was interesting and filled the Saturday
with lots of information..Membership growth. Issues of budget matters facing
the ARRL , spectrum planning, getting legislative support, and the need for more
hams in general and members to the ARRL in particular, and so much more that I
will go over with any one who would like to find out more, also over our Sunday
night net in the next two weeks .
Our field trip , on the evening of Jan.23 went well at the studios of WBZ Boston.
Bob Hess W1RH meet the members, including myself at 7 PM.
Sorry we had to miss a month but Weather is weather.
Hope to see you on March 10 at another fine NSRA meeting
with a guest speaker come and enjoy this time with us..
73's to all
Al Prudhomme, Jr. W1DUW
March 3, 2003 - Board Meeting
March 10, 2003 - General Meeting
April 7, 2003 - Board Meeting
April 14, 2003 - General Meeting
May 5, 2003 - Board Meeting
May 12, 2003 - General Meeting - Nominations
June 2, 2003 - Board Meeting
June 9, 2003 - General Meeting - Elections
June 28, 2003 Field Day 2003
NSRA VE EXAMS
.. will be held on the
4th Saturday of the month at the NEW Danvers Central
fire Station on High Street in Danvers. (park across street) NEIL E HENDEN,
AA1OA heads up our VE Exam Session. All those interested in upgrading or
know someone who wants to enter the hobby, please pass the word
All the following repeaters have the new club call sign
of N S 1 R A
Danvers, (Part-time PL of 136.5), full functions
including phone patch
146.880- Salem, (PL of
118.8), full functions including phone
442.800+ Danvers, (PL of
136.5), full functions including phone
All CTCSS tones on repeaters have the option to
be turn off if needed. Dial 11 to turn off so that a non PL user can use
the repeater, Please remember to turn PL back on with the code of