There are plenty of things to be proud of in the Southern Tier of New York. Our community is famous as the Carousel Capital of the World, the Spiedie, the home of Rod Serling, the Link flight simulator, where Endicott-Johnson and IBM got their start, and the last remaining Marconi Tower, to name a few.

Speaking of the Marconi Tower, located next to the old Lackawanna Train Station on Lewis Street, Binghamton, the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center has announced that the Binghamton Amateur Radio Association will be making the Marconi Tower active, as they talk to ham radio operators from around the world.

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This International Marconi Day Celebration is held annually on the closest Saturday to Guglielmo Marconi's birthday. He was born on April 25th, 1824 in Rome, Italy. This year, the radio event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23rd, and is open to the public where you can witness the ham operator communications and learn more about the history of the Marconi Towner as well as the life of Guglielmo Marconi.

Marconi was one of the inventors of the radio, and I thank him for that since it's been my professional career for many decades. A bit of interesting history about the Marconi Tower,  originally there were four towers, two in Binghamton and two in Scranton, Pennsylvania. These towers provided successful radio communication with a train running between Scranton and Binghamton.

For more information about that radio communication and more about the historic Marconi Tower, visit the website for interesting details and pictures.

via Kopernik Observatory and Science Center,

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