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Marconi must always be remembered
morse code car
Belgian Verbeeck Erik operates morse code in his car.

Marconi's followers were in Cornwall for the Atlantic Leap centenary celebrations.

Many travelled across Europe to pay tribute to the man who changed communication forever.

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Marconi Centre

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+ Marconi followers came from near and far to visit the new centre.

+ Verbeeck Erik from Belgium brought a special radio model with him for the Poldhu Radio Club.

+ Marconi enthusiasts were delighted with the new Marconi Centre.

+ They say it is important to keep the memory of Marconi alive.

















Verbeeck Erik travelled hundreds of miles to be involved in Cornwall's Marconi celebrations.

He runs a magazine for radio amateurs in Belgium. He became the editor in 1989.

Verbeeck is a loyal supporter of morse code. He has one of the rarest cars in the world.

"My car was kitted out with the morse code equipment when it was made," he explains. "I can be driving all over Europe sending morse messages to my friends."

For many years Verbeeck has been travelling to Cornwall to find out more about his hero, Guglielmo Marconi.

"The new Marconi Centre is unique," he says. "I have been involved in telecommunications for 35 years, and I've never seen a centre as wonderful as this."

Postal key model
A special gift from Belgium.

Verbeeck brought a special gift with him for the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club. The members are now housed in the new centre.

"The gift is an 1861 postal key model which was made to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Marconi's birth. It is gold-plated and is my gift to the radio club. This is a very special place."

Roger Eeles makes regular trips to Cornwall as an associate member of the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club. On the day of the Marconi celebrations Roger could be found in the Paget room at the new centre. He was receiving messages from all over the world.

"This is fantastic fun," enthuses Roger. "The centre is superb, I come from Guildford in Surrey and wish we had an attraction like this."

Roger Eeles
Roger receives another message.

Roger was busy receiving messages from all over the world.

"We have had lots of messages sent from Europe and all over the UK," explains Roger. "Once it starts to get dark then international stations will be able to get through to us. That will be fantastic."

The temperature in the receiving suite was close to 30 deg C. The sun was shining into the room and it was sweltering but this was not slowing down the amateur radio enthusiasts.



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