An Interesting QSO from Marconi Memorial Station to my Flex-6300/Maestro

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Made a single, but interesting Sked QSO while traveling:

Signal Hill, above St John's in Newfoundland is the western site of the 1901 Marconi Transatlantic successes.

Before I left traveling I made set up my spare Flex-6300 and a Maestro at the Washington Island (WI-001L) super station of George W9EVT's.  Here is a shot of George at his main operation room main operating desk:

Sorry I didn't get a picture yet since I set up the Flex-6300.

Knowing I would be in briefly be at Cabot Tower where the Marconi Memorial Station was I had my finger crossed that a willing volunteer would be operating and willing to let me quest operate.

Turns out Aaron VO1AKA was casually operating the VO1AA Marconi Memorial Station 20m SSB.

Within minutes I was able to raise W9EVT and ask him to QSY from his usual net at that time to a reasonably open band location and briefly chat.

I did get photographs of Aaron VO1AA with a copy of the Washington Island newspaper, but with the bus driver's urgency we basically shook hands and dashed off.

Nothing all that special about this QSO to a Flex-6300 and Maestro, other than I had always wanted to operate from a Marconi radio site, and I was having QSO-withdrawal as I had not been able to work out arrangements to operate from the Shetlands, Greenland or Iceland earlier in my trip.

As an odd bit of trivia the local time in Newfoundland is a special time zone on the half-hour - while local for W9EVT was 13:00 local at VO1AA was 16:30 !

Some related links:

The Station and

George W9EVT's shack -


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