|[AMRadio] GCARA Historic AM Night Tonight |
k4kyv at charter.net
Thu Dec 28 11:35:20 EST 2006
The Greater Cincinnati Amateur Radio Association will hold its annual AM
night Thursday, 28 December, on 1936 kHz beginning at 9 PM EST.
The net meets regularly on this frequency on SSB, but every December, the
last Thursday of the year is declared AM night, when the net is conducted on
AM, and AM stations anywhere in the world are encouraged to participate.
The GCARA got its start handling emergency traffic during the Ohio River
flood of 1936. This was continued during 1937 when a second flood occurred.
The frequency of 1936 kHz was chosen to commemorate the year of the first
flood. Following the 1937 disaster, the group decided to continue the
operation using that frequency. Many of the pre-WW2 participants had
crystals ground specially for 1936 kHz.
The net closed down during WW2, and 1936 kHz was off limits to the
Cincinnati area until LORAN-A was finally shut down and that portion of the
band was restored to amateurs. Shortly after the 1936 kHz frequency was
returned to amateurs in the early 1980's, the net was reactivated and
continues to the present day to operate on 1936 kHz, +/- QRM.
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