LERNA — Members of the National Trail Amateur Radio Club will participate in a special event to celebrate President Lincoln’s birthday at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, Lerna from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 12.
The Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site preserves the home of President Lincoln’s father, Thomas Lincoln, and stepmother Sarah Bush Lincoln. The Special Events Station will be inside the lobby of the venue’s Welcome Center. The event will take place rain or shine.
FACTS FOR FAMILIES: Engage your brain with Wits Fitness classes
Nearly 150 years before the advent of texting, tweeting, and email, President Abraham Lincoln became the first “wired president” by adopting the original electronic messaging technology – the telegraph.
The 16th President may be remembered for his booming oratory that stirred the Union, but the nearly 1,000 bite-sized telegrams he wrote during his presidency helped win the war civil society by projecting presidential power in an unprecedented way.
During the Civil War, telegraph wires were stretched to follow the action on the battlefield. But there was no telegraph office in the White House, so Lincoln went across the street to the War Department to get the news. President Lincoln frequently slept on a cot in the telegraph room to hear news of major battles.
NTARC members will communicate with fellow enthusiasts around the world using the special event call sign, W9L. This is a great event and opportunity to learn more about Lincoln Log Cabin and Ham Radio.
Ed Frey, K9EMP Event Coordinator, said, “This is a fun event that is open to the public and encourages anyone interested in amateur radio to get out there and experience and see firsthand what’s going on. happens during a communication emergency. You will be permitted to speak on the radios under the direct supervision of an FCC-licensed amateur.”
Do you remember those places in Charleston?