It was a wonderful Christmas Eve morning in Grimeton, Sweden on December 24th. A little bit of white snow on the ground and -4 C in the air – great conditions for a successful SAQ transmission. The pandemic regulations did impact the event and no visitors could be present in the transmitter hall at the radio station. The limited number of staff and assistants did their best of the situation, by serving traditional swedish Christmas buns and ginger snaps, together with “glögg” (non-alcoholic mulled wine) and we were all in a good Christmas sprit.
The transmission was initiated at 08.30 CET (07.30 UTC) with the startup and tuning of the Alexanderson alternator. A message was sent out at 09.00 CET (08.00 UTC)
The team from the Alexander association at the transmission:
Superintendent & guide: Fredrik Wiklund
Operator: Jan-Åke Gylling
Telegraphist: Kai Sundberg
Mobile camera: Lucas Frisk
Video technician: Thomas Alexandersson
The event was also broadcasted live on our YouTube channel:
The transmitted message
CQ CQ CQ DE SAQ SAQ SAQ =
THIS IS GRIMETON RADIO STATION/SAQ IN A TRANSMISSION USING
THE ALEXANDERSON 200 KW ALTERNATOR ON 17.2 KHZ. =
WE WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.=
SIGNED: WORLD HERITAGE GRIMETON RADIO STATION AND THE
ALEXANDER GRIMETON FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION. + =
NB: FOR QSL INFO PLEASE READ ON OUR WEBSITE ALEXANDER.N.SE + =
DE SAQ SAQ SAQ @
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