Event Date: Oct 9, 2017 to Oct 22, 2017
Event Title: Frankford Radio Club 90th Anniversary
Location: P. O. Box 431
Alburtis, PA 18011-0431
Special Event Station – call signs will be W3F, W3R and W3C
Public Contact Info: Joseph W. Trench
10 Senia Lane
Boyertown, PA 19512
Pubic Contact Phone: None
Public Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This past week I participated in BNLARC’s Brookhaven National Laboratory’s 70th Anniversary Special Event from 7/16 to 7/21. BNL’s 70 Years of Scientific Discovery started with an open house for families and children on 7/16. The radio club was on site with both a SSB and CW station during the operating hours. During the rest of the week the event operated from various locations.
Although the HF bands were poor this past week I managed to make about 100 contacts. For the first time I also worked some of the event on DMR and received a great response from the guys I worked on 3100 (nationwide).
I also set up a QRZ page for those interested in getting our full page certificate.
Some interesting facts about Brookhaven National Laboratory:
- Served as army base for two world wars
- Hosted Irwin Berlin (Yip Yip Yaphank was the song)
- First peace time nuclear reactor (1950 Brookhaven Graphite Reactor)
- Developed the two common radio isotopes (technetium 99M and thallium 201) used in medicine today
- First synctron accelerator (1953 Cosmotron Accelerator)
- First Nobel Prize winner in 1957 followed by 6 more
- 1958 First video game, Tennis (aka pong)
- 1961 First PET scanner for medical use
- 1967 developed the leading drug for Parkinson’s disease treatment, L-dopa
- 1958 Maglev (magnetic levitation) patented
- 1975 started producing radioisotopes for the northeast, still a major supplier
- 1979 proved UV-a and UV-B lead to cancers of the skin:
- Current studies include: 1) Radiation studies preparing for travel to mars, 2) more efficient catalysts, 3) fuel cells, 4) photovoltaic solar cells, 5) biofuels, 6) batteries
- A 32 megawatt solar farm on 200 acres for production and study to improve efficiencies
Click HERE to find out more about the history of Brookhaven National Laboratory…
Been enjoying Field Day for about 30 years now and this year was no exception. Despite a family obligation I managed to squeak out around 150 CW Q’s!
This was my first year working split (so to speak). I attended the BNLARC / K2BNL Field Day with old (and new) friends on Saturday evening for around 4 hours.
Sunday morning was the first time working QRP CW from home! Unlike working Field Day from a picnic bench, this old geezer really appreciates the comforts of home. Worked class 1E in the central air… and you can’t beat that!
All in all despite the horrific WX Saturday morning on Long Island, Saturday evening at BNLARC was picture puuurfect. The WX was so clear I caught a faint glimpse of the Milky Way galaxy despite the light pollution. A truly rare instance with humid Long Island summers!
72 and 73 KE2YK