Source: wikipedia

Lyngby Radio (call sign OXZ) is a Danish coast radio station, operating on MF, HF and VHF. Lyngby Radio stopped HF service on 1 October, 2009. Earlier, Lyngby Radio was one out of four Danish coast radio stations, the others being Skagen Radio, Blåvand Radio and Rønne Radio. All these stations are now remote controlled from Lyngby Radio.

Sailing in the North Atlantic waters a large part of R/O’s surely entered in touch with OXZ at least to request the pilot for acrossing the Strait of Belt (between Atlantic and Baltic Sea) looking into my personal archive I found a copy of a radiotelegramm I sent to Lynbgy Radio to request the Pilot for transiting the strait.

rtg to oxz0001

The Danish straits are the three channels connecting the Baltic Sea to the North Sea through the Kattegat and Skagerrak. They transect Denmark, and are not to be confused with the Denmark Strait between Greenland and Iceland. The main one is:

Great Belt, Danish: Storebælt

The Great Belt is the largest and most important of the three Danish Straits that connect the Baltic Sea to the Kattegat strait and Atlantic Ocean. The others are the Øresund and the Little Belt straits.

The Great Belt is 60 km (37 miles) long and 16–32 km (10–20 miles) wide. It flows around two major islands: Samsø in the north and Langeland to the south. At Sprogø the Great Belt divides into the East Channel and the West Channel. Both are traversed by the Great Belt Bridge, but a tunnel also runs under the East Channel.


 The following youtube clip by Danish TV Network about LYNGBY YRADIO – OXZ


Happy Easter and fun!

Dear Sparks,

our Category has been one of the first to be trashed away because the use of new High-techs but we have seen in the time many other categories of workers lost their job for the same reasons. According to some researchers in a near future the cost of the Heath will be reduced thanks to the fast development of High-techs and very soon the doctor below will ring the bell of your house, it will be available 24 hours per day for 365 days per year…What can I say…TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES!!

Happy Easter OM’s

The coming Doctor




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Genoa-Radio (ICB), in the heart of the fourth district, right in front of the historic Via Romana della Castagna, is a former radio station founded in 1952 and at that time used for communications in the maritime field. Composed of two different receiving stations -That in Levantine district, the other dislocated a few kilometers away, on Mount Righi – its transmitters are now inside the ancient fort called “The Castelaccio” (it would seem that the same Guglielmo Marconi has called this place “one of the best Italian stations for broadcasting”). Both stations, transmitter and receiver, were used to fulfill various functions: transmission of messages in Morse code between ship and coast radio; sending of telegrams, for example to relatives, while in the sea away from home; the telex system used for the transmission of commercial data; sending emergency calls 24 hours on 24, 365 days a year.
The two pylons of over 60 meters that still stand in the middle of the ancient town of Quarto and the passion of some “aggressive” amateurs, keep alive the memory of this Genoese excellence and a profession, that of the radio operator, many of them now deceased.


Telegraphy in Genoa:
While the first operations were carried out thanks to the use of short-wave, at various frequencies, the distress call was exploiting the medium wave 500 kHz used for about 90 years in the Maritime Mobile Radio Service for safety at sea, all radio stations that used telegraphy on medium wave had an obligation to ensure the continuous listening on this frequency, with an operator in charge or through a receiver, to receive at any time SOS and “urgent message”, to safeguard the safety of life at sea. Only in 1999, the 500 kHz has been replaced by digital satellite systems. It was also possible to take advantage of these technologies to allow those who were at sea to use a radiotelephone system and make phone calls at home though, very expensive in terms of power consumption and organization of time, these calls could not take place too frequent.
Operators, radio operators capable and well prepared, derived their knowledge Previous work on ships and boats: fair were part of a category of Officers of the Merchant Marine, existing at the time when even the communications were done by telegraph, and they were called “radio Officers”, a name coined in the same Guglielmo Marconi memory, father of radio communications. All those who aspired to a job in radio communications on merchant ships or civil aircraft had to achieve a specific patent, a certificate for radio operators issued by the Ministry of Posts. A fascinating job and motivated by great personal passion, which has now disappeared, having succumbed to advances in technology. The equipment used by the Genoa-Radio were outstanding and all quality: first, the transmitters Collins BC-312 and BC-3124, then Italians Allocchio-Bacchini OC-11.

Lino Esposito shows us on his website the current situation: “Hard to retrace the events, you have little information. It is known, however, that at first, as recently as a few years ago, Genoa-Radio (ICB) is passed by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications to Telecom Italy and services (telegraphy and telephony in hf bands) were merged with those of Rome – (IAR): completely “restored” and “remoted”, the Genoese station today is almost fully automated and is controlled remotely by the Rome-Radio station. At the end of 1992, the latest receivers Collins were removed from service and replaced by modern receivers Rohde-Schwarz. So Genoa-Radio saw the arrival of its end and for some years is no longer operational, if not for a few services still managed from the capital, remotely. ”
Today Genoa-Radio has therefore lost most of the functions of a time and, forced to succumb to new technologies remains largely untapped. Given the interest shown, the idea of ​​creating a museum of radio communications in these places, with the equipment of the past, does not seem out of place: an opportunity to re-launch and promotion of a lost job? Why not…

To remember the great support of Italian Coast Radios to Seafarers of each nationality it is good to remember in Italy in 1935 has been founded the first Medical Aids Organization via radio thanks to Prof. Guido Guida, the organization is better known as CIRM and it is still alive trough Italian coast radio stations, the following clip is an old documentary where is shown a Medical Aid via radio:


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Scheveningen Radio – PCH

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Scheveningen Radio was from 1904 to 1999 the Netherlands’s radio station for communication with ships.


On 19 december 1904 was the national kuststation Scheveningen Radio founded. The station was then called still Scheveningen Harbour and had the call letters SCH. The transmitter operated out of a wooden shack on the South side of the Dune village district. Because one was suffering from near channels, the receive portion moved to IJmuiden. In 1929 changed the call sign according to international rules in Scheveningen Radio. In 1927. Therefore, the call letters were changed to PCH and the reserve transmitter SCH in IJmuiden PCI. Radio Netherlands wereldomroep got the call letters PCJ. Scheveningen Radio was part of a PTT.

During the occupation in the Second World War the station had to cease broadcasting. After the war resumed Scheveningen Radio are activities; first temporarily from a ship in the port of Amsterdam, later again from IJmuiden from a classroom to the Hamilton Street.

In 1951 the station moved to a new building on the second lock island. The range of services has been expanded to VHF and TOR (telex-on-radio). In 1971 involved the new Post-Radio building on the Merwedestraat/Lange Nieuwstraat.


For inland waterway transport was five minutes after the hour on the VHF channels broadcast a traffic list . 

After the traffic lists of 07.05-13.05-19.05 and 00.05 were on the broadcast channels with + branded the weather reports.

New communication technology using satellites made the broadcasting station gradually unnecessary:

Although the radio station throughout most of its existence from IJmuiden has surgery, it is always ‘ Scheveningen Radio ‘ continue to welcome, because the send location name required had to be preserved. 

A youtube clip about Scheveningen Radio


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MRD 2016, frequencies, rules and certificate


Frequencies, Rules and Procedures for Maritime Radio Day 2016

All traffic must to be done around the following International Naval Frequencies on Amateur Radio Bands (morse code)
1824 kHz
3520 kHz
7020 kHz
10118 kHz
14052 kHz
21052 kHz
28052 kHz
The Main working frequency considering the participation of many stations from USA, VK and ZL area is 14052 kHz plus or minus some kc/s and WARC bands are no considered for MRD with exception of 30 meters band.
– Date: 14th April 12.00 GMT 15th April 22.00 GMT
– Bands: 160m, 80m, 40m, 30 m, 20m, 15m & 10m
– Mode: CW only
– Power: not limited
– QSO: Exchange QSA, QRK, name, callsign of last or favorite ship / aircraft / maintance company *. QSA 1 .. 5, strength of receive signal QRK 1 .. 5, readability and additionally a tr, msg and/or a qtc if you like
– Silence Periods: need no longer be observed
– Deadline for submission of MRD logs is 1st of May.
– Certificate of participation ( CoP): SWL’s – send a complete log to be able to verify qso data by selection. Licenced operators – send a postcard / letter or e-mail with number of QSOs with – ship stations – coast stations – special stations – other Amateurs contacted. Send your application with data and your email adress to :
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Narzissenweg 10
53359 Rheinbach
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Certificate is only available by e-mail!
– QSL cards: Each participant manages their own QSL cards. There is no QSL manager.
– General Comment: Coastal radios and ship’s callsigns should be operated only by former Commercial or Navy operators and from radio technicians who worked in the brand of installation and in the maintenance of coastal and ship’s radios equipments and antennas.

“Procedure” Example QSO :

cq mrd cq mrd cq mrd de dl9cm dl9cm dl9cm k
dl9cm de ik6ijf gm rolf QSA5 QRK 5 hr is alfredo shipname/icjr or last ship was icjr k
ik6ijf de dl9cm gm alfredo QSA 5 QRK 5 op rolf shipname/dlcm or last ship was dlcm
ik6ijf de dl9cm tnx 73 .-.-
or put details in a telegram like this :
Origin nr xx ck zz date time = address = qsa x qrk y shipname call = signature+ or similar
The above are only examples . You may send different content, but the least you must include are QSA, name, ship call sign or number!
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Chinese Coast Radio Stations

Following News received yesterday from VK5EEE OM Louis (situation of Chinese coast radio stations)

Well, Shanghai Radio on 8665 in nice QRQ CW around 28WPM or so, using a keyer if so excellent, error free, sending QTC in following format:

NEXT = N/W NR 113 = = N/W XSG NR 113 CK36/37 16 2327 = = 3337 5300 6226 (0192) 7022 etc… and ending with <AR>

Note: the 4 digits are Chinese CW, and they use cut numbers for 0, 1, 2, 8 and 9, with other digits in full. However, the things in brackets e.g. (0192) they don’t use cut numbers for, and these are thus numbers and not words, e.g. (3), (5.1), (16) etc.

<0229Z 8665kHz>



<0230Z 8665kHz>


(haha they basically sent an empty traffic list, so presumable there aren’t many Chinese ships making use of XSG in CW now).

Doesn’t seem to be sending any wheel at all rest of time, just silence.

XSG Never Ceased CW Transmissions?

Very interesting because XSG is shown at as last being heard in 2002 on 8665 but there is more, a search of the web reveals it was heard in 2012, 2013, 2015, and I’m hearing it in 2016. Good old XSG. But there’s more exciting news…


From a Chinese government website at is a word document you can download, which reveals, certainly as of 2012, that XSG still operates a 24hour watch on 500kHz:

Transmits Receives Hours of Watch
500 500 H24
522,5 H24
TRAFFIC LISTS: 522,5 kHz: 0030 0230 0430 0630 0830 1030 1230 1430 1630 1830 2030 2230

Transmits Receives Hours of Watch
4259 4184 1000-2200
6436 6276 2200-1000
8502 8368-8369 H24
8665 8369,5
12856 12552-12553,5
TRAFFIC LISTS: On 4259 8665 12856 kHz :0030 0230 0430 0630 0830 1030 1230 1430 1630 1830 2030 2230

And sure enough there is mentioned the TFC list which I heard. It’s just that XSG doesn’t seem to broadcast any wheel any more. So you just need to be monitoring the frequency or listening at the right time.

It would be great if someone in Asia could tune to 522.5 kHz at the above mentioned times and see if XSG is sending the traffic list there still. And even if possible to listen on 500kHz prior to the traffic list, to see if it is announced on 500kHz at all.

And that’s not all!

Dalian Radio (XSZ) is listed in this same official document as having not only a 24h watch on 2182 but also W/T on 500kHz 24h watch and QSS of 462 and 512 !!!

Traffic list EVERY HOUR + 5 mins on 462 kHz. Can anyone please listen?

XSZ is shown as listening 24H on 8 and 4MHz bands: 8368-8369 and TX on 8694 with TFC list there also at each H+05, as well as on 4305 with listen 4184.

But I listened on 8694 at 1505Z, nothing.

And More!

Tianjin (XSV) is shown as 500kHz 24H listening watch, with traffic lists every H+00 on 4283 (QSX 4184, 4184.5), 8600 (QSX 8368-8369), 12969 (QSX 12552-12553.5)

But I listened on 8600 at 1500Z, nothing.


Also shown listening 500kHz 24H and QSS 445kHz. Traffic lists on 445 every H+30 as well as on 8514, 12700


SHANGAI RADIO c/s XSG morse code room


Norddeich Radio Callsign “DAN”


Norddeich was the “BIG” Coastal Station from Germany,
“The professional station with the professional signal!”
It’s signal is no more as it closed years ago

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Maritime Radio Day 2016

from April 14th 1200 UTC to April 15th 2200 UTC

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List updated 12.03.2016


group1 = single op
group 2 = multi op

Coast station:

name of op – hamcall – group station

Peter VK4QC 1 „Brisbane Radio“/VIB

Jorma OH8FIU 1 “Mariehamn Radio”/OHM

Gerard TM2FFL 1 „Saint Lys Radio“/FFL

Onno DL4BCE 2 „Norddeich Radio“/DAN
Werner DL8BEG
Dierk DL8LD (station manager)

Great Britain
Larry G4HLN 1 „Portishead Radio“/GKA

Dom IQ6SB/IQP 1 Sambenedettodeltronto Radio“/IQP

New Zealand
Gavin ZL1BBW 1 „Portishead Radio“/GKA

The Netherland
Ad PA2PCH 1 „Scheveningen Radio“/PCH

Ship station:

Brian VK4BOW 1 HMAS „Melbourne“/VKLP
David VK4DGB 1 S/S „Slamat“/PHOB

John F5VHC 1 M/V „Canadian Star“/GVYG

Hans-Juergen DH6BAN 1 M/V „Adolf Leonhardt“/DNFB
Paul DL4BCG 1 M/V „Europa“/DDQH
Claudia DL5LBC 1 M/V „St. Clemens“/DAHC
Bernd DL6MKA 1 M/V „Erfurt“/DAYC
Karl DL6MLA 1 M/V„Werner Seelenbinder“/DEVC
Rolf DL9CM 1 M/V „Gutenfels“/DEAQ

Great Britain
David G3UFO 1 M/T „Scottish Lion“/GYOJ
Derek G3ZNR 1 M/V „Markhor“/GHZT
Ross G4DTD 1 M/V „Welsh Trident“/GRUH
Peter M0URL 1 M/V „Sirsa“/GCWM
Mike M6MPC 1 M/V „British Voyager“/GCHM

Ned EI5DS 1 M/V „Eurofreighter“/GOUS

Alfredo IK6IJF 1 M/V „Po“/ICJR
Sergio IU6AIG 1 M/T „Finale“/IBFB
Bruno IV3JWY 1 Shore Patrol Maresciallo Grasso/IAWB
Rino IZ0SPE 1 M/V „Guapa“/ICSB

Frode LA3DX 1 M/V „Kong Olav“/LJRW
Per LA3FL 1 M/V „Royal Vikig Sea“/LECK
Gunnar LA4WDA 2 HNOMS „Narvik“/LB50AG
Tom-Eddy LA9CM

Ken UA9FGR 1 M/V „Polar Pioneer“/UBST

Ciril S51AE 1 M/V „Kranj“/J8EM4
Vinko S52CC 1 S/Y „Sea Cloud“/9HOM2

South Africa
Bruce ZS5XT 1 M/V „Verge“/ZTVR

Juan EA8VI 1 M/V „Monte Anaga“/EBVE

Robert SM0AFT 1 T/S „Antigua“/SIGP

The Netherlands
Albert PA5ABW 1 M/V „Bengkalis“/PDAF
Ger PC3GER 1 M/V „Queen of Sheeba“/ETBC

United States
Hans K0HB 1 USS „Henley“/NHXW
Whitey K1VV 1 USCG „Reliance WMEC 315“/NJPJ
Dick K6KSG 1 M/T „Exon New Orleans“/WNDM
Harry W1AAX 1 S/S „Marjorie Lykes“/WLAH
Don W2LID 1 M/V „Sea Spray“/WRXN

special station

Museumship DL0MCM 2 M/S „Dresden“/DAVK
Juergen DF7TT
Frank DL1KWK
Horst DL4NH (station manager)

Friends of MRD DN4SFK 1 German Radio Officers Association

Peter & crew DL0EL 2 Inst. for Maritime Studies at Elsfleth
Peter DJ5QF (station manager)
Manfred DK8BO
Juergen DL9BL


Sergio I5JSR 1 Friend of MRD

Zidane CN8CE 1 Shortwave listener

Luis CT1GZB 1 Friend of MRD

The Netherlands
Bert PC4Y 1 S/S „Rotterdam“/PHEG



Ordered in 1938 as “Willem Ruys”, her hull was set in 1938 in Vlissingen (Netherlands) for Rotterdamsche Lloyd. Construction was delayed by World War II and because of two bombing  the ship was not launched until July 1946. The”Willem Ruys” was completed at the end of 1947 and made its maiden voyage on December 2, 1947. It was equipped with a desalination plant to obtain drinking water from sea water. Until 1963 he remained in service on the Europe-Australia line. She was later used for cruises in the Mediterranean. In 1964, she was sold to Flotta Lauro (Italy) and renamed “Achille Lauro”. Extensively rebuilt and modernized in the Tyrrhenianshipyard  in Palermo,she returned to service in 1966 as a cruise ship. In April 1975, whiles he was in the Dardanelles she collided with a cattle transport ship, the “Yousset”, which sank. In 1982, following the bankruptcy of the Lauro Fleet, she passed to Starlauro Mediterranean Shipping Company. Four times (1965, 1972, 1981 and 1994) was the victim of fires, the last of which broke out November 30, 1994 it caused the sinking on December 2, three days later.

On 7 October 1985, as she made a cruise in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Egypt, she was hijacked by the Palestine Liberation Front Commando (FLP). On board there were 201 passengers and 344 crewmen. After frantic diplomatic negotiations, she came at first to a successful conclusion of the story, thanks to the intercession of Egypt, the PLO Arafat (who at that time had moved the headquarters from Lebanon to Tunis because of the invasion of Lebanon by Israel) and the same Abu Abbas (one of the two negotiators, proposed by Arafat, along with Hani El Hassan, a counselor of the same Arafat ), who persuaded the terrorists to surrender in exchange for the promise of immunity. Two days later, however,were discovered that on board had been killed a US citizen, Leon Klinghoffer, jew and the paralytic, the episode provoked the reaction of the United States. After leaving Alexandria and making a stopover in Greece, the “Achille Lauro” headed for Naples, when the CIA ran a question, perhaps coming from the Egyptian services, concerning the possible presence of explosives on some crates loaded in Alexandria . While we can not verify the veracity of information SISMI, in accordance with the ship’s Captain, he decided as a precaution to throw overboard some boxes of which had not been possible to check the contents.

In 1990, the hijacking was told in a television movie, The Voyage of Terror: The Real Story of the Terrorist attack, with Burt Lancaster and Eva Marie Saint.

 All contacts during this dramatic situation happened to “Achille Lauro” were handled by ROME RADIO IAR.

 When “Achille Lauro” fired in the Indian ocean all distress traffic was handled on 500 kHz, Italian TV Networks interviewed the Chief R/O who described all the operation in the radio room until some merchant ships altered their courses to the distress position for rescue operations , on board there were 572 passengers and 402 crew members, unfortunately two people lost their lives.


An old clip recorded for promoting cruises on board “Achille Lauro”…pay attention at the beginning of the clip it is shown for few seconds the radio room.


Chatham is the site of Marconi’s second station on Cape Cod. The first was the famous South Wellfleet station “CC”, which began operation in 1903 and served during the early years of the century. As technology advanced and erosion threatened the South Wellfleet location, Marconi arranged to build a new station on the shores of Ryder’s Cove in Chatham, with construction beginning in 1914.
Marconi’s Wellfleet station had initially used callsign “CC” (Cape Cod), then later “MCC” (Marconi Cape Cod), and finally “WCC” (conforming with international prefix assignments). “Old CC” did not reopen after the war and was dismantled by the Navy in 1919.
Chatham soon became a model for other shore stations that were built on both coasts. In the Chatham facility, under RCA ownership, WCC went on to become the premier ship-to-shore station on the east coast for most of the 20th century. During World War II, the Navy again occupied WCC, with a staff of over 200 Navy personnel. After the war it returned to commercial use and saw thousands of messages a day, serving passengers at sea with ‘RCAgrams’ and freighters arranging their shore operations. Ultimately, newer technology began to replace traditional ship-to-shore communication, and the station was phased out, closing for good in the ’90s.
Today, the buildings at the WCC site remain intact and they appear much as they did when they were first built by Marconi. WA1WCC operates from the original Marconi operations center building, under the auspices of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center. The CMMC is a non-profit organization working to preserve the history of Marconi in Chatham.


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