A new Italian Book about the Radio in the Golden Age “VOLO VIVO SOGNO VINCO”

Dear Sparks,

thanks to our colleague R/O Pasquale DE CEGLIA I knew this new book written by one of our colleague R/O Angelo Luigi FORNACA. The book is available in several bookstores online, it is in Italian language. I write down the book review in Italian and in English to:

Italian review:

Dopo tre giorni di peregrinaggio da un punto all’altro della Terra, me la trovai di fronte in tutta la sua maestosit√† di vecchia carretta del mare: la Sarah Penny, ovvero la Sarah, come era familiarmente conosciuta dai marinai della Flotta, era ormeggiata al pontile minerale mentre stava scaricando montagne di carbone dalle enormi stive. Una rapida arrampicata per salire il ripido scalandrone e mi ritrovai a bordo per prendere possesso della Stazione Radio come Ufficiale Radiotelegrafista. Erano da poco passate le 02.00 del giorno 18. Mi sentivo stanchissimo. Tre giorni di viaggio avevano lasciato il segno. Subito mi buttai sotto la doccia per una rapida rinfrescata, prima di lasciarmi abbandonare sul letto della cabina. Vinto dalle fatiche del lunghissimo viaggio, non mi accorsi di sprofondare nel sonno; ma, ben presto, dall’abisso del nulla mi vidi riemergere in sogni di avventure del passato che tendevano a dominare ed imporsi su tutto e su tutti. Erano sogni che mi riportavano indietro nel tempo, quando, nei miei primi anni, costruivo barchette di carta invitandole a scivolare sul piccolo ruscello accanto alla casa natia ed a trasportarmi sulle ali della fantasia verso i lontani Mari del Sud…

English review

After three days of pilgrimage from one point to another of the Earth, I found myself in front in all her grandeur of an old tramper of the sea: the Sarah Penny , namely Sarah , as she was familiarly known by the sailors of the fleet was moored at ore dock while he was unloading coal from the mountains of huge cargo holds . A quick trek to climb the steep gangplank and I found myself on board to take possession of the Radio Station as a radio officer . It was just after 02.00 on the day 18 . I felt tired. Three days of travel had left their mark . Immediately I jumped in the shower for a quick freshen up before relaxing on the bed in the cabin. Won from the fatigue of the long journey, I did not notice sink into sleep; but soon , I saw emerge from the abyss of nothingness dreams of adventures in the past that tended to dominate and prevail over everything and everyone. They were dreams that I reported back to a time when , in my early years , I built paper boats inviting them to slip on the small stream near the birthplace and carry me on the wings of imagination to far off the South Seas ..


Maritime Radio Day 2014…looking forward…

Dear Sparks,

many of us sent on our Google Group very nice comments about the past Event to remember the Radio at Sea and the role of Radio Officers. We have now to look forward to push many other colleagues to take part at our yearly Event, this year there has been a massive partecipation with many colleagues not included in the list of partecipants and it has been a very nice surpirse against any prevision. There are still many Countries not reached by information about our Event and from U.S.A.¬† – unfortunately – still very few station. Radio Officers are the men spent their lives in front a receiver watching 500 kHz and sending messages of any kind, our Category has gone but we know many aspects of radio waves and we cannot refuse to look forward at least to confirm the radio is still alive and in good health, the problem perhaps is another, there are many reasons to kill the radio and they are not properly justified by true facts but only using the famous word “OBSOLETE” we hear everyday everywhere…so a little suggestion if you have to buy a car spending lots of money..please don’t do that, your car the day after of your purchase will be OBSOLETE, a good bycicle is a good investment, it will become OBSOLETE only when your legs will decide to run by foot….

Have a nice Easter Time and do not forget to send to R/O Rolf MARSCHNER your MRD Logs, he will be very happy to send you the Certificate of Partecipation, Rolf Address is: dl9cm@t-online.de


MRD Staff