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“Marconi was here!”
”Marconi was here!” is an international amateur radio award organized by A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club (www.arifidenza.it), affiliated
to A.R.I., Associazione Radioamatori Italiani (Italian Radioamateur League) with the sponsorship, the historical consultancy and the
supervision of the “Marconi Museum” (Guglielmo Marconi Foundation) – www.museomarconi.it .
The main objective of this award is to historically commemorate and remember some of the most important and significant places
where the Italian scientist and inventor performed many of his scientific experiments in the field of radio engineering, long distance
radio communications and radio direction finding, experiments that in the following periods, revealed themselves to be crucial for the
technical and scientific advancement and the progress of the whole mankind.
The award will last the whole solar year 2023.
Each month is dedicated to a specific Italian city connected to the story of Guglielmo Marconi, and is paired to a different special
Month Italian city Event Year Special callsign
Air – Ground radio communication experiments
FEBRUARY SESTRI LEVANTE (GE)
Demonstation of blind navigation by means
of radio beacons
Radio communication experiments with
Poldhu station (Cornwall)
Inauguration of the first Italian radiotelegraphic
station with commercial purposes
Switch on of the lighting system in Sidney by
means of a radio beacon
JUNE SASSO MARCONI
At Villa Griffone, first wireless contact of the
JULY LA SPEZIA Experiments with the Italian military Navy 1897 II4SPZ
AUGUST GOLFO ARANCI (SS)
Short Wave contact with Rocca di Papa
SEPTEMBER CASTEL GANDOLFO (RM)
Inauguration of the microwave full – duplex
system with Vatican
S. MARGHERITA LIGURE
Microwave RTX experiments 1931 II4SML
NOVEMBER COLTANO (PI)
Inauguration of the first Italian intercontinental
DECEMBER CITTA’ DEL VATICANO Inauguration of the Vatican radio station 1931 II4CDV
OBJECTIVE To perform as many QSOs as possible with the special commemorative stations listed above.
“JOLLY” STATION” In addition to the listed monthly special callsigns, during the whole year 2023 the “Jolly station” IQ4FE will be also on air.
The contacts with this station will allow to recover up to a maximum of two not contacted monthly callsigns, according to the following rule:
– To recover 1 monthly special callsign: at least 3 QSOs with IQ4FE during the year are required;
– To recover 2 monthly special callsigns: at least 6 QSOs with IQ4FE during the year are required;
PERIOD OF OPERATION From 00.01 UTC of January 1 st, 2023 to 23.59 UTC of December 31st, 2023
PARTICIPANTS The award is worldwide, open to all licensed Radio Amateurs all over the world. EMISSION MODES CW, SSB and all admitted digital modes, e.g.: RTTY, FT8, JT65, JT9, PSK. BANDS 1) HF (WARC bands included): 1.8, 3.5, 5, 7, 10, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28, 50 MHz
2) VHF (144 MHz)
3) UHF (430 MHz)
4) Satellite band OSCAR 100, using all emission modes permitted for this band and in compliance with the relevant Band Plan.
Digital OSCAR 100 admitted modes include both narrow band modes and broad band DATV over trasponder.
REPORTS Only the RS(T) report is required. LIMITATIONS AND DUPE QSOs Each commemorative station, as well as the “Jolly station” IQ4FE, can be contacted by the same station (callsign) only one time per day on the same band and using the same emission mode. Any additional contact with the same station on the same day, on the same band and using the same emission mode will be considered as a DUPE QSO, and its score will be set to zero points.
SINGLE QSO SCORE Each valid (e.g. not dupe) QSO accounts for:
➢ 1 point for NON QRP stations (emission power > 5 W)
➢ 2 points for QRP stations (emission power ≤ 5 W)
FINAL ANNUAL SCORE The final score is the sum of all QSO scores obtained during the year. LOG No log is required to be sent by the participating stations. The logs of the special commemorative stations will be published monthly on the official website www.arifidenza.it . As a general rule, each monthly log will be uploaded within the 10th of the following month. PARTICIPATION CATEGORIES AND AWARD’s RANKING There is only one participation category: ranking is assigned according to the absolute obtained score. AWARD CERTIFICATES ➢ A Participation Certificate will be awarded to every station having contacted at least one time each of the twelwe award’s special callsigns. ➢ A Special Certificate (Gold, Silver, Bronze) will be awarded to the first, second and third best scored participants respectively, based on the overall annual score.
All certificates will be made available for download on www.arifidenza.it
The final award’s ranking will also be published on the same website.
INFOS AND REFERENCE WEBSITE The official reference website for any info related to this award is: www.arifidenza.it
JUDGING RESPONSIBILITY The A.R.I. Fidenza Award Committee is responsible for any evaluation or decision on aspects related to the award, including any judgement about compliance with (or infringement of) the rules stated in this document during the activity On Air and any related litigation. All participants are expected to follow a respectful behavior, according to the general fair play principles and “HAM Spirit”. In case of any documented evidence of violation of the rules stated in this document, as well as in case of unfair, unsportsmanlike behavior, the A.R.I. Fidenza Award Committee is empowered to take adequate disciplinary actions, including score cut back or disqualification. The decisions taken by the A.R.I. Fidenza Award Committee will be irrevocable and unappellable.