Going Out With Voices: W1AA/ Fessenden 100th Anniversary Event, Hull MA

W1AA QSL, Point Allerton/whale boatHello CLIMAX Event Dec 29 – 30


Reginald A. Fessenden 100th Anniversary Event, Hull, Massachusetts.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the First Voice Broadcast.

W1AA (Marconi Radio Club) will represent and operate from near the Station Point Allerton Life Saving Station in Hull, Massachusetts on December 30, 2006. The W1AA operation will recognize the contributions to marine safety at sea made by Reginald A. Fessenden’s invention of voice communication.

W1AA is a member of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society, and has activated 54 lighthouses and lightships in Massachusetts and Rhode Island over the last three years. http://arlhs.com/

Operation will be from 7:00 AM EST(2000 UTC) to 4:00 PM (2100 UTC). W1AA will start on 80 SSB, check 3996.0. Look for W1AA between the nets, most likely below 7270, down to 7225. Check “7234”. 20 phone later in the morning above 14310, or 17 meters above 18150. We will return to 40 phone about 1530 to 1600 UTC, about noon local time. CW operation will be conducted roughly on the half hour but could happen any time, 7035, 10116, 14035 and 18080 kHz, plus or minus QRM.
A special photo QSL will be provided. DX QSLs are via the W1 Bureau and stateside are via W1AA please with an SASE.

Watch the DX Summit for W1AA spots on December 30th.
See http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com/dxs/hfdx25.html

Bob “Whitey” Doherty K1VV / W1AA
Marconi Radio Club

Station Point Allerton, Hull, Massachusetts

Point Allerton Lifesaving Station is one of the oldest remaining lifesaving stations in Massachusetts. Also known as Old Point Allerton Coast Guard Station, it was established in Hull in 1889. Designed by architect Albert B. Bibb, it replaced a nearby station established by the Massachusetts Humane Society prior to 1874. The Massachusetts Humane Society was the third oldest lifesaving society in the world and the precursor to the U.S. Life-Saving Service. Constructed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the one-and-one-half-story, Queen Anne style clapboard building (with a later two-story rear ell attached to its southeast corner) rests on a modern concrete foundation. A small, one-story boathouse stands directly behind the ell. The original portion of the station is rectangular in plan. The rear ell is the most prominent addition, which was built to house the station chief.

The Massachusetts’ coastline at one time featured 32 lifesaving stations of which only 11 remain. Only two of the existing stations are older than Point Allerton, and both have been converted into private residences. Known as the most active lifesaving station on the East Coast, Point Allerton is famous for the central role it played in Massachusetts maritime history, as well as its associations with Captain Joshua James (1826-1902). James was born in Hull and devoted 60 of his 75 years to saving over 1,000 lives from shipwrecks in Boston Harbor. He received several lifesaving medals and other
acknowledgements throughout his illustrious career.

In the late 1960s, the new Point Allerton Coast Guard Station replaced Point Allerton Lifesaving Station. The historic building was converted into the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the museum of Boston Harbor Heritage, whose mission is to preserve the region’s lifesaving tradition and maritime culture through collections, exhibits, experiential and interpretive education, and research. The museum traces the history of organized lifesaving from its 18th-century roots to the modern Coast Guard, celebrates the life of Joshua James, displays a variety of lifesaving equipment and houses a collection of books and manuscripts by noted author Edward Rowe Snow. Point Allerton Lifesaving Station is located at 1117 Nantasket Ave. in Hull.

It is owned by Boston Harbor Heritage and is open to the public year round, Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. For further information, please call 781-925-5433 or visit the Hull Lifesaving Museum’s website.

Life-Saving Service &
Coast Guard Lifeboat/Lifesaving Stations
Hull Lifesaving Museum
Hello CLIMAX Event Dec 29 – 30

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