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Liz at Everton with the Radio Club

Today the Radio Club, in common with all of Greenock District Scouts, said a final farewell to a valued friend Liz Pinkerton, who was Group Scout Leader of the 59th Greenock and District Scouts.  

Liz was a great supporter of our Amateur Radio activities, whither they occurred at her group base, the Radio Club in Scout HQ or at Everton Camp. She always led from the front and was one of the first to take part in the activities, showing a great example to the young people.  

Liz will be sadly missed by all in Greenock District.

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Transatlantic Tests

Paul F Godley

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) have been celebrating the centenary of the Transatlantic Tests. The RSGB has just released a video that highlights the fantastic exhibition put on by the National Heritage Centre in Saltcoats, the 1921 message re-enactment by the Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club and also the 160m Transatlantic QSO Party.

In December 1921, the ARRL (the National Association for Amateur Radio® in the US) sent Paul F. Godley, who held the US callsign 2ZE, as their representative to listen for amateur signals from North America during the Second Transatlantic Tests. Godley setup his listening equipment in Ardrossan on the west coast of Scotland. He received the signals of over two dozen American stations, heralding the dawn of Transatlantic amateur radio communications.

At 0252 in the morning of 12 December in Scotland, (the evening of 11 December in the US), Godley received a personal message from the ARRL station 1BCG in Connecticut. “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.”

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