An Amateur Radio Special Event Taking Place on the Weekends of
20th – 21st and 27th – 28th June
The intention of this event is to set up amateur radio special event stations at as many of the museums as possible throughout the whole of the world. I would hope for an HF, VHF, and if at all possible, a Ui-View (APRS) packet station to be set up at each museum site, but the scope of your station is entirely up to you. The choice of museum is also left very much up to you, however aim for the largest and/or most unusual site you can find.
The museums taking part over the years have included ships, castles, air museums, Napoleonic forts, pumping stations, wireless museums, racing museums and many others. For the purposes of the event, the word ‘museum’ is loosely interpreted. There really is no shortage of venues in which such an event can be staged, no matter where in the world you might live.
During the first IMW in 2002′ over 80 museums from all over the world took part. The museums varied from tiny local village museums manned by a single lone operator, to some of the worlds most prestigious ones. These were accompanied by a great number of military museum sites, such as HMS Belfast in London, the Battleship New Jersey in the US, RAF museums as well as very many non-military types (see the Museums List).
The event has proven itself to be extremely popular and well supported special event particularly amongst the UK radio amateur population. It also went down very well at the museums which were used as the venues for the event, and invitations have again been extended for the coming June. It has shown itself to be a tremendous public relations exercise, as well as all of us having lots of fun over the IMW weekends.
At least part of the intention for this event, is to present modern amateur radio to members of the public and to help us loose some of the stuffy anorak image. What better place to do this than in the very public and well visited areas of the many museums which can be found in most parts of the world?
Those clubs and museums which do decide to take part, should please use the free on-site ‘Registration’ facility. The ‘Registration’ is simply to assist us in administration of the event and provide those taking part with an indication of how many and exactly where the museums taking part are located. We also send out a participation award to all stations that register.
REGISTER AT http://www.radio-amateur-events.org/IMW/Registration.htm
VIEW REGISTERED STATIONS AT http://www.radio-amateur-events.org/IMW/stations.htm
NOTE THAT THIS IS NOW AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT – registrations are invited from museum stations all over the world.
GB1AFP – Ulster American Folk Park
Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
West Tyrone Amateur Radio Club (WTARC) will this year be taking part in the International Museums on the Air Weekend. The event will be located at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland http://nmni.com/uafp/Visiting-Information. 2 stations will be operated in separate locations within the Museum complex, one in the main entrance car park and another operating within the museum grounds.
The club will be operating on HF, VHF/UHF, Echo Link and Digital Modes.
We will be operating from 10am on the 20th June until 1700hrs on the 21st June, continuously during this period. The call sign will be GB1AFP.
Special Event QSL cards will be available to those who wish to have a conformation of the QSO.
Details available on www.qrz.com and www.wtarc.net
Follow the emigrant trail as you journey from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship leading to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share. This offers a great day out for all the family.