Amateur radios, point-to-point contacts, high-frequency wave transfers, a mysterious yet attractive prize for the most connected stations… All of this sounds like the beginning of a quirky yet adorable B-movie. In reality, it is the essence of International Marconi Day, a 24-hour amateur radio event which celebrates the career of Italian wireless communications pioneer Guglielmo Marconi. The event takes place annually on the Saturday closest to his birthday (April 25, 1874).

To commemorate the Nobel laureate’s achievements, fans use HF radio to make direct point-to-point contact between stations, relying on the same technology Marconi developed and utilized in his time. Although nowadays the Internet is the medium of choice for global communications, the idea behind International Marconi Day is to keep the spirit of invention alive. The event also provides an exciting throwback to the days when a connected planet Earth was but a bold dream and only a few exceptional people, such as Marconi, saw the value in it.


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I must make a point of getting on the air this year, either with my home built transmitter/receiver or my FT817ND. I always seem to miss it so I’ve made a note of it this year. I think using both Morse Code and speech.
Bill, G4GHB.

Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera

is 21 of april, not 28.

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Saturday closest to Marconi's birthday (Apr 25th)
28th April, 2018
22nd April, 2017
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