IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section Participates in Celebration of Marconi's Transatlantic Wireless Experiment
Lakecrest Students Join Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland and Poldhu Amateur Radio Club in Transatlantic Radio Commemoration
Published: Dec 15, 2023 by IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section
On Tuesday, Dec 12th, 2023, the IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section, in collaboration with the Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland (MRCN) and the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club (PARC) in England, commemorated Guglielmo Marconi’s groundbreaking transatlantic wireless experiment, originally perfomed at Signal Hill. Hosted by the Johnson Geo Centre, the event paid tribute to Marconi’s historic 1901 experiment on Signal Hill.
Participating organizations included the IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador, Johnson Geo Centre (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Poldhu Amateur Radio Club (Cornwall, UK), Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland, and Lakecrest Independent School.
The day commenced with a lecture on Marconi and the art and science of radio, followed by a hands-on crystal radio workshop. Participants constructed devices reminiscent of the early days of wireless communication.
A significant highlight of the event occurred at 12:25 PM NST when a direct 2-way High-Frequency radio contact was established with the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club in Cornwall, UK. This connection facilitated the exchange of the letter ‘S’ and the transmission of radio telegrams. Notably, students from Lakecrest Independent School’s Grade six class played an integral role in this endeavor. Teaming up with the Marconi group, these students engaged in conversations across the miles and crafted crystal radios, tuning in to local stations.
The IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section extends its gratitude to all participants.