intention of the event is to set up amateur radio
special event stations at as many of the museums as
possible throughout the whole of the world. I would hope
for an HF, VHF, and if at all possible, a Ui-View (APRS)
packet station to be set up at each museum site, but the
scope of your station is entirely up to you. The choice
of museum is also left very much up to you, however aim
for the largest and/or most unusual site you can find.
taking part over the years have included ships, castles,
air museums, Napoleonic forts, pumping stations,
wireless museums, racing museums and many others. For
the purposes of the event, the word 'museum' is loosely
interpreted. There really is no shortage of venues in
which such an event can be staged, no matter where in
the world you might live.
first IMW in 2002' over 80 museums
from all over the world took part. The museums varied
from tiny local village museums manned by a single lone
operator, to some of the worlds most prestigious ones.
These were accompanied by a great number of military
museum sites, such as HMS Belfast in London, the
Battleship New Jersey in the US, RAF museums as well as
very many non-military types (see the
The event has
proven itself to be extremely popular and well supported
special event particularly amongst the UK radio amateur
population. It also went down very well at the museums
which were used as the venues for the event, and
invitations have again been extended for the coming
June. It has shown itself to be a tremendous public
relations exercise, as well as all of us having lots of
fun over the IMW weekends.
At least part
of the intention for this event, is to present modern
amateur radio to members of the public and to help us
loose some of the stuffy anorak image. What better place
to do this than in the very public and well visited
areas of the many museums which can be found in most
parts of the world?
and museums which do decide to take part, should please
use the free on-site 'Registration' facility. The 'Registration' is simply to assist
us in administration of the event and provide those
taking part with an indication of how many and exactly
where the museums taking part are located. We also send
out a participation award to all stations that register.