The week-end of January 23rd 2009 was an extraordinary one for both amateur radio and the Binns family. While more than a thousand people either played a part in the special event stations or contacted them, many more people heard interviews on BBC radio or read about the event in newspapers and on the Internet!
The links below lead to many of these reports.
The summer of 2009 was filled with events commemorating the first large scale rescue in open sea coordinated by wireless, including museum exhibits, presentations, and publications.
And now it is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic!
WSKG, our local public radio station, presented a short interview detailing Jack Binns' role in that disaster on April 13th. You can find the link at http://wskg.org/wskg_news/dots-and-dashes-jack-binns-and-titanic.
Virginia Lovelace, Jack Binns' granddaughter, and Evera Lovelace, his greatgranddaughter, will be attending the screening of the PBS American Experience documentary about Jack Binns, "Rescue at Sea," at the Cape Cod National Seashore on April 19th at 3pm, Salt Pond Visitor Center, Route 6 and Nauset Road, Eastham.
This event is but a part of the National Seashore's commemorations surrounding both the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic (April 14th - 15th) , and International Marconi Day (April 15th - 21st).
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As of March 5, 2009
Below is information about the Special Event Stations that were working the week-end of January 23rd through 25th. You can follow the links to reports and videos. It was an extraordinary week-end, with thousands of contacts made, from all over the world!
In the UK:
Scunthorpe Steel Amateur Radio Club, Scunthorpe, UK
- GB5CQD - on the `air` for 48 hours continuous from Friday
to Sunday evening - more than 500 contacts, including New Zealand, Australia & Canada!
- Three station `rigs`: two on HF using CW & SSB & one on VHF 2 metres
- The Deputy Mayor of North Lincolnshire and two councillors attended the event, enjoyed a buffet lunch, and learned about "The Special Life of a Briggensian" (Jack Binns was born in Brigg, which is next door to Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire)
- In charge: John Allen
- Website: www.g4fuh.co.uk. Go to this website, and click on GB5CQD in the left hand column to see photos of the event!
- Videos of the event can be found on YouTube at:
Italian Naval Old Rhythmers Club (INORC), Loano, Italy
As of January 1, 2009
Tompkins County Amateur Radio Club, Ithaca, NY, USA
Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society, Chelmsford, UK -
Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham, MA, USA
Scunthorpe Steel Amateur Radio Club, Scunthorpe, UK -
IEEE "Virtual Museum"
As of December 31, 2009
As of December 31, 2008
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