GS2ZE & GB2ZE
100th Anniversary of First Transatlantic Amateur Radio Radio Message
Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club is proud to announce that it has been asked by the organisers of the celebrations to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the reception of the first transmission by amateur radio across the Atlantic to operate a commemorative station adjacent to the site of the original experiment at Ardrossan.
The Ardrossan station will be on the air between 1200GMT Saturday 11 December 2021 until 1200GMT Sunday 12 December 2021 on HF (short wave) amateur radio bands using CW (Morse Code) and Telephony including the whole of the 160m CW QSO Party to exchange signals between the UK and the USA..
The station callsign GS2ZE will be used for the celebration except for the first hour of the 160m CW QSO Party and it will take part in the message relay as GB2ZE.
Paul Godley was able to receive the first transatlantic shortwave amateur radio message from the amateur station 1BCG located in Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.A.
The received message was recorded in Paul Godley’s logbook on the 12th December 1921 at 02:52GMT which was hastily composed by his 1BCG colleagues: “Nr 1 de 1BCG words 12, New York. Date December 11, 1921, to Paul Godley, Ardrossan, Scotland. Hearty Congratulations. (Signed) Burghard, Inman, Grinan, Armstrong, Amy, Cronkhite.”
Further details can be found here: www.transatlantic.org.uk