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  • Hank Greeb
    Relayed from WB8SIW: Special Event Station This year marks the 75^th Anniversary of America’s oldest public service net. Radio Amateurs are invited to join
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 21, 2010
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      Relayed from WB8SIW:

      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.
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