[AMRadio] AM Radio Weekend!

Geoff/W5OMR ars.w5omr at gmail.com
Fri Dec 29 10:30:59 EST 2006

On Friday, 29 December, 2006 In the Yahoo Group /NewOldStock/
Ronnie W5SUM wrote:
> I plan on getting on the air tomorrow morning and sunday morning for sure. 
> I'm not sure how early but I'll be there. And I plan on trying to work a 
> little of the "heavy metal group" too.
> Mike? Tony? Geoff? Who will be on and when?
> 73's and Happy New Year to all of you.
> this has been a great year for me considering that one year ago on the 30th I 
> almost cashed in my chips..

Mike WA5CMI wrote:
> I will!
> I have been on later in the day some this week. Of course I have been
> off work all week, too. :)

Geoff/W5OMR responds:

Good to hear from you, Mike!

Man, there's a few things going on, for AM Radio this weekend...
the Heavy Metal Rally (info at: 

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of Feseden's 'discovery' of 
Amplitude modulation, and I'm told that several 'Special Event' stations 
will be on the air to commemorate that, including W1AW operated on AM!

You can read more about it at 
under the heading "The Hello Campaign"

And, finally, according to Don/K4KYV,

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 

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.

This should be a -great- weekend for AM on the ham bands!

PERSONALLY, I'll try to be on early in the morning, but 4am?  I can make 
5am a lot easier, but we'll see what happens.
Then, I'm headed to Spring, TX for a BBQ/jam session hosted by WA5BXO.  
*MAYBE* I'll be able to talk John into putting up an antenna and 
possibly fire up his Johnson Valiant.  We should be able to work 75m, 
40m, and 10m with a 100' over-all long antenna, fed with home-brewed 
600ohm open-wire line.

I'll be around, -somewhere-. ;-)

Is anyone getting on 7.290Mc in the afternoons, anymore?

Driving your AM Rig without a scope, 
is like driving your car at night, without headlights. (K4KYV)

73 = Best Regards,

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