To mark the
100th anniversary of Marconi's Atlantic Leap the training students
from Royal Navy Thunderer Squadron will turn back the clocks.
They will be
re-enacting Marconi's transmission using an authentic spark gap
transmitter to ensure it is as historically accurate as possible.
The group of
students based at Southampton University will be broadcasting from
the original Marconi spot at Poldhu.
The idea for
Atlantic Leap 2001 came from the need to stretch the engineering
students of Thunderer Squadron. The course leaders wanted project
management and practical engineering to be highlighted.
is being run in conjunction with the United States Naval Academy
and the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics.
equipment the team has designed is worked by a large generator and
transformer. The components are similar to the original parts used
The team will
have to control their frequencies or they could interfere with everything
from television to digital watches.
not have that problem because he only had the long-range transmitter
so did not have to consider anyone else.
If the team
did not put a filter on, everyone in Britain would hear the experiment
whether they wanted to or not.
years after Marconi's Atlantic Leap the students will also be sending
the letter "S" in Morse code from Poldhu to Signal Hill
co-ordinator Lieutenant Scott Simpson is delighted with the opportunity.
a really exciting project to be involved in. We're really looking
forward to coming to the County and taking part in the celebrations."
Leap 2001 is just one of many events going on during the 100th anniversary
celebrations on December 12.
across the Atlantic will take place at 4pm on the day. This will
include greetings sent from the Canadian government and HRH Queen
Elizabeth II. Marconi's daughter The Princess Elettra and his grandson
Prince Guglielmo will also be involved.