Marconi MRCA Mini Meet 2007 Page 2  

     Zorro and his MASH signs
     Rob does some infrared signaling, he made me stand out in the dark with the bugs. CQ CQ 300 GHz  

    Night laptop ops.
       We tried to make contact with the previous Marconi operators but could not establish a two way.
             Video of Robs Night CW Click here:    Night CW.

    Two technologies collide

          Rob is the only person that I know that brings his own log.


       .Ray Chase's Display in the Info Age Museum. He had several rooms of military equipment. Ray's call is KA2JQG.
            Ray Chase's museum display





          Ray Chase Display





      Ray Chase Display

         I ran into an old friend of mine in the museum in the Ray Chase Military display area--an APN-9 loran set. I reached out and touch the L/R switch and immediately wanted to get out my screw driver out of my flight suit pocket and accomplish a “calibration”. In flight you always carried a screw driver and an extra "fish".  

         Highlights of the event:

a. The excellent cookout arranged by N3FRQ.

b. Touring the museums and other facilities.

c. Actually sleeping in the Marconi Cottage and not a tent and enjoying view from the cottage.

d. The late night two way infrared signaling using K2WI’s equipment. Not as easy as it sounds but two way was confirmed on 300 GHz.

f. Sitting and tuning forty meters and hearing my call sent by a very, very,raspy signal weak buried in the noise then thesignal which then faded out. It was N3FRQ operating the spark gap display inside the New Jersey Antique Radio Club museum, he got me with that one, at first I thought perhaps I did find the right frequency for the “previous operators.”

g. Walking down the poison ivy trail to get to the Marconi Operations building which was near the water and using the BC-611 antenna to carefully ward off the poison ivy plants.

h. Enjoying the other practical jokes that were created by the team including my calling CQ with one of my miniature VFOs hidden in my shirt powered by a 9 volt battery and watching Al, N3FRQ carefully tune in the station then I would shift the frequency and Al would carefully tuning in that weak station.

i. Cranking, and cranking, and cranking, and cranking, and cranking K2WI’s TBX generator while he trouble shoots his equipment.

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      Rob's Jr. Operator Martin and Al confer.


      Rob takes a turn.




       Zorro Cranks Video click here:     Zorro Cranks


      Zorros corner


      This is what it is all about.


Video of Rob's demo
click here:

       Rob's Demo


       Al's spark display inside the New Jersey Antique Radio Museum.


   Short Video of Al's display click here:     Spark Video

     My favorite display was Al's spark gap transmitter which has a small light bulb inductively coupled to the final tank coil. Most of the displays at the museum are designed as "hands on" and visitors are encouraged to try different sets and experiments.

   One particular display was of a BC-348 was set up for low frequency beacon reception by Al. The visitors would tune the receiver, find a beacon and copy down the dots and dashed of the beacon identifier and then look up the Morse code and finally look the two or three letter identifier up in a book to find the actual location of the station.

     The museum has a "cable antenna system" for the "low frequencies" designed by Al. He describes a similiar cable system for low frequencies on his Skywaves Web Pages at:




More info on the New Jersey Antique Radio Club can be found here:


                     Larry,Moe, and Curly
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