In June 1919 British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown made the first non-stop transatlantic flight. They flew a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Clifden, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The Secretary of State for Air, Winston Churchill, presented them with the Daily Mail prize for the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by aeroplane in “less than 72 consecutive hours”. A small amount of mail was carried on the flight, making it the first transatlantic airmail flight. The two aviators were awarded the honour of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) a week later by King George V at Windsor Castle.
EI100ABC Special Event
As Part of the centenary celebrations members of the Galway Radio Experimenters Club (GREC) will be activating a special event callsign for the month of June 2019. EI100ABC “EI 100 Alcock Brown Centenary” will be active on all the HF bands over the month with the station live from the Clifden Station house Museum for the week of the festival (12th to 16th June). Full festival details are available from https://alcockandbrown100.com/ .
As part of our Special Event station we will have on display, A miniature demonstration of what was cutting edge methods and telecommunication apparatuses used by Marconi in the 1900’s to create spark gap radio technology will be on display.
A collection of genuine vintage Marconi equipment will also be on display.
Visitors and guest operators are most welcome, if your in the area please make yourself known to the club members attending each day. we can also be contacted by email on ei100abc @ galwayradio dot com