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National Museums Weekend 2001

Added: (Wed May 09 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - On the 2nd and 3rd of June, an event takes place called the National Museums Weekend 2001. Many UK radio amateurs (please note *radio amateurs*, NOT CB'ers) will be taking up temporary residence to set up amateur radio stations at a wide range of museums in the UK. It is expected that they will be able to make direct radio contact, to both other museums and other radio amateurs throughout the world, as part of the D-Day week celebrations.

At least part of the intention for this national event, will be to present modern amateur radio to members of the public and to help us shed the image of amateur radio portrayed by Tony Hancock so many years ago. What better place to do this than in the very public areas of the many interesting museums around the UK?

Museums from the Orkneys to the Channel Islands will be joining us for the weekend, including cold war Secret Nuclear Bunkers, the prestigious Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, the WWII Bletchley Park code breaking establishment, retired British Navy vessels, Napleonic Forts, as well as some of the UK's premier air museums. At least some of these amateur stations will be making use of equipment which was last used in earnest, on the D-Day beaches.

As an interesting supplement to the direct voice and Morse communication taking place over the weekend, will be an amateur radio linked network of computers at many of the museums. These, using the GPS system for determining location, should make it possible for some of the museums to be shown on a computer map, and make keyboard to keyboard contact, via the radio network. This might perhaps catch the interest of the Internet generation.

All the museums amateur radio stations will be open to the general public, and members of the public will be invited to 'pick up the microphone'. All the proceeds from the event are to be presented to a children's charity museum in east London.

A more detailed list of the museums taking part, and a more detailed account of the event, can be found at the NMW2001 website www.qsl.net/m1byt Very many more museums will be joining us, than those listed officially on the NMW web site.

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