travelled hundreds of miles to be involved in Cornwall's Marconi
He runs a magazine
for radio amateurs in Belgium. He became the editor in 1989.
a loyal supporter of morse code. He has one of the rarest cars in
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.
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."
gift from Belgium.
a special gift with him for the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club. The members
are now housed in the new centre.
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."
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.
fantastic fun," enthuses Roger. "The centre is superb,
I come from Guildford in Surrey and wish we had an attraction like
Roger was busy
receiving messages from all over the world.
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."
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.