[MIQRPClub] Special Event Station
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Special Event Station
This year marks the 75^th Anniversary of America’s oldest public service
net. Radio Amateurs are invited to join in this celebration by
contacting K8QMN from the Michigan Net, QMN Diamond Jubilee Banquet on
October 23, 2010 at Owosso, Michigan.
Before QMN, public service and emergency communications were handled on
an “ad-hoc” basis using schedules and directional “CQ” transmissions.
This all changed during the Autumn of 1935 when members of the Detroit
Amateur Radio Association created QMN to exploit the then relatively new
technology of crystal control, which made it practical to create a
“spot-frequency” traffic net. QMN went on to become the prototype for
the many traffic and emergency nets, which followed. The concept of a
single-frequency net did much to improve the efficiency of both traffic
handling as well as emergency response. QMN even established well
equipped emergency communications teams before “ARES” and similar
programs became common place. It was also a QMN Committee, which created
the familiar “QN-signals” so familiar to generations of traffic handlers.
The 75^th Anniversary QMN Station will consist of all “vintage”
equipment from the 1930s and ‘40s. The 40-meter station will consist of
a Thordarson transmitter and RME-69 receiver operating from the banquet
hall at Owosso, Michigan. The 80-meter station will consist of a
National HRO receiver at the banquet facility and a Johnson Viking One
transmitter located off-site and keyed remotely via a land-line Morse
wire. A working land-line telegraph connection will also be in
operation, allowing members of the Morse Telegraph Club to connect with
the special event via the “Morse KOB” network and “KB” telegraph hub.
Radio Amateurs should look for K8QMN on 7050 and 3563 KHz from 2-PM to
5-PM on Saturday, October 23. The stations may return to the air for an
hour or two after the banquet and program, so be sure to check for K8QMN
later in the evening.
A nice 8 ½ by 11 certificate suitable for framing will be issued to
those operators who work K8QMN during this special event.