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GB100MZX Nellie Melba Centenary
Dame Nellie Melba Centenary
13th - 20th June 2020
Chelmsford On The Air
"GB100MZX Special Event"
In June 1920 with sponsorship from the Daily Mail newspaper, the Marconi Company broadcast the world's first live recital by a professional musician - the legendary Australian diva, Dame Nellie Melba.
In a makeshift studio at the New Street Chelmsford factory, she opened her recital at 19:10 on 15 June 1920 by singing 'Home Sweet Home' and other popular favourites - the first offical UK Broadcast.
The powerful Marconi company transmitter used in 1920 had been allocated the callsign MZX (Marconi Zulu X-ray). This event subsequently led to 2MT Writtle and later 2LO in 1922 – the birth of the BBC.
Lead Engineer W.T.Ditcham with the Marconi MZX Transmitter
Marking the centenary of this landmark event CARS Members will operated GB100MZX around 12-20 June 2020 for the anniversary, and continued until the end of the month.
Our thanks to both the operating team and all involved in a very successful anniversary event
(a fuller report will appear in due course)
GB100MZX Nellie Melba Centenary On Air
GB100MZX started early on Friday 12-June with HF CW SSB and FT8 in use. Our volunteer operating team and their favourite choices are indicated below:-
Operating Team - Times, Bands, Modes - Click to Zoom
GB100MZX SSB on 5MHz / 60m - from Keith G3WGE - click to zoom
GB100MZX CW on 14MHz / 20m - from John M0JOC
One member of our MZX special event team is Ian Duxbury M0LZI, who happens to be a distant relative of W.T.Ditcham! Courtesy of the family we have uploaded a short clip of Ditcham onto our YouTube channel (recorded later in 1934).
A short film clip of W.T.Ditcham, the MZX Transmitter engineer - recorded later in 1934
GB100MZX has also used the local repeaters courtesy of ERG - with a Monday June-15 Centenary night net on GB3DA, followed by an excellent turnout on 70cm GB3ER from across Essex and Kent for the CARS net on Tue Jun-16. ThamesARG member Oscar 2E1HWE captured the moment on GB3DA in this Youtube clip:-
QRZ: GB100MZX on QRZ QSL: GB100MZX on eQSL Previous 90th Anniversary: GB90MZX ReportNB: eQSL is preferred to confirm QSL. QRZ Logbook also available
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