MARCONI FESTIVAL

Marconi - a world first
20st July 1998


On 19th and 20th of July 1898, Marconi transmitted radio signals from a tug in the bay giving details of the progress of the races in the Kingstown Regatta to his assistant who manned the receiving equipment in what is now Moan Park House.

Princess Electra Marconi with Captain Carr of the QE2 looking at the exhibition in the Maritime Museum

The information was then telephoned to a Dublin newspaper. This event represented the very first use of radio in journalism and also the first commercial use of the medium aboard a floating vessel.

 

It was also the first journalistic reporting of a sporting event with the use of radio. With the help of the Royal St. George Yacht Club, a re-enactment of the historic boat race will take place.

Princess Electra with her son Guglielmo, Captain Carr and other distinguished guests in the Maritime museum

At the same time the members of the Wicklow Wireless Society will set up and operate Special Event amateur radio stations from Moran Park house and the Maritime Museum and Royal St. George Yacht Club.

 

A special QSL (confirmation) card and certificate will be issued to amateur stations around the world who make contact with these stations.

Irish Vintage Radio and Sound society

Marconi Events

Saturday 18th July:
Princess Elettra Marconi arrives in Dún Laoghaire.
Amateur radio commences transmissions for 3 days, worldwide from the historic locations.
11am - 6pm:
Vintage Radio Exhibition in Royal Marine Hotel.

Sunday 19th July:
12 noon - 2.30pm:
Re-enactment of Historic Boat Race. Royal St. George Yacht Club.
12 noon - 6pm:
Marching bands along sea front (Presentations at Civic Plaza, 5pm).
3pm - 6pm:
Vintage Radio Exhibition in Royal Marine hotel.

Monday 20th July:
5pm (provisional):
Unveiling of Plaque on Moran House location of historic transmission.
8pm:
Concert in St Michael's Church. Entry: donation. University of Wisconsin Wing Ensemble.

Tuesday 21st July:
8am - 8pm:
QE2 in Dún Laoghaire.


 


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