Also this year as after any Maritime Radio Day our Friend Dom – I6HWD prepared a clip for us, c/s used by Dom during MRD is IQ6SB/IQP to remember SAMBENEDETTO RADIO – IQP which is still on the air transmitting WX and NW on MF and VHF but now remoted controlled by Rome Radio – IAR, until 1999 IQP  has been one of the main Italian coast radio station  for ships transiting in the  Adriatic and for fishing fleet.

Dom, many thanks!



Rumors about next activation of Iceabreaker “KRASIN”

Dear Friends,

this morning I had a long QSO with our colleague R/O Valery PAVLOV, many of us know Valery for his large models of morse Keys production, he said me he has just ended his last job ready to be delivered and he told me about a coming activation from the famous Icebreaker “KRASIN” moored in the Harbour of Saint Petersburg as Museum Ship but full restored and ready to sail.

I visted a website dedicated to “KRASIN” and I discovered the ship has been built in 1916 exactly 100 years ago, we cannot forget the employ of this icebreaker in the rescue operation of AIRSHIP “ITALIA” commanded by Umberto NOBILE unfortunately crashed on the pack in the year 1928.

“Soon after the crash a rescue committee was established in Moscow, USSR. Soviet Union had two powerful icebreakers, Lenin and Krasin and a smaller icebreaker Malygin. It was decided to send Krasin and Malygin to save Italia crew. Krasin left Leningrad under the command of Captain Carl Eggi and expedition leader Professor Samoilovitch, total crew 136. The icebreaker had a plane on board under the command of pilot Boris Chukhnovsky.

On 11th June Chukhnovsky found Mariano and Zappi (Malmgren died earlier). 12 June Krasin rescued Mariano and Zappi and later on the same day 5 remaining Italia survivors.”

Valery at the end of our QSO promised me to send details about next “KRASIN” activation and they will be published on this website in the mean time I found a nice youtube clip, it is a Russian TV service from the radio room of the I/B.

Best regards and HVE GUD WATCH!

Alfredo – IK6IJF


Maritime Radio Day by Louis SZONDY- VK5EEE

Maritime Radio Day (MRD) came to a close, and a good time was had by many former ship and coastal station radio officers, technicians and operators. Sadly the time conflicted for some with other commitments and hopefully next year we will all be able to participate. The period of activity was held from April 14th at 12:00 UTC until April 15th at 22:00 UTC. Since a few years Maritime Radio Day has been activated with activities taking place around the time of the Titanic distress calls and sinking 104 years ago. This year there were well over 100 registered participants.

Due to solar activity conditions were very poor for the first period, but great fortune befell us on April 15th in the afternoon when the 20m band came to life with excellent conditions to Europe via the long path over the Southern Pacific, South America and the Atlantic. The frequency around 14052kHz, one of those designated as centre of activity for MRD, was very congested. It reminded us of the days when 500kHz often was a cacophony of Morse all over the top of each other. Thanks to slight variations in frequency, contacts could take place through the QRM.

I managed in all 16 contacts with former radio officers and although  sadly missed contacts with some friends, the ones I had not dared to even hope for, took place! I met for the first time Manolis SV1ME who used to work at SVA AthinaiRadio which I had contact with almost every day for 5 weeks in 1975 while Apprentice R/O on the S.S. Ellinis/SWXX. We had an HF receiver tuned to SVA for much of the time and a great many telegrams were  xchanged. I also met for the first time John G3XRJ operating special event station GB0GLD, who worked at GLD LandsEndRadio.

It is even possible John and I exchanged or at least heard each other on 500kHz as Ellinis approached England in March 1975, because GLD was one of the first British coastal stations to be heard when coming from the  Atlantic. John told me during our brief CW contact that he remembers the callsign SWXX very well as the Ellinis of course was a regular between England and Australia, and brought many of the “10 pound poms” to Australia.

MRD was not a contest, but a leisurely exchange of QRK, QSA, QRA (name of favourite or last ship worked on and callsign or coastal station call sign) and name. The Q code QTT came into great use here as nostalgia was revived, e.g. GB2GLD DE VK5EEE QTT GLD DE SWXX and many famous and less famous ship and coastal station callsigns were to be heard. No doubt many SWL must have wondered what this strange MRD activity centredaround 1824, 3520, 7020, 10118, 14052, 21052 and 28052 was.

MRD surely brought back memories to many, who served a great part of their lives as radio officers. I only had a mere glimpse of that wonderful job and word on a single voyage. I can only imagine the great satisfaction, adventures and irreplaceable experiences that this wonderful profession gave to so many as well as to the  experiences of those who received news from loved ones as well as business updates via radiotelegraphy telegrams and radiotelephone calls thanks to those radio officers, not to mention the many lives saved at sea.


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R/O Dave HOUGH – WLO/Mobile Radio photoes collection

During the last MRD on R/O googlegroups our colleague R/O Dave HOUGH entered in touch with me asking if I was interested in his WLO photoes collection tooken a couple of years ago…I thought many of us entered in touch with Mobile Radio while at sea and I remained always impressed how fast and reliable was the radiotelephone service guaranteed by WLO to Seafarers, I asked Dave immediately to send me the pictures and I am very enthusiast to share them on our website.

Dave sent me the photoes with the following message:


attached are photos taken at WLO during the Night of Nights event 12-13 July 2014. WLO has a receive site in Mobile, Alabama at 30°35’37.5″N / 88°13’17.9″W and is a currently active maritime radio station except they do not use morse although it is capable of doing so.

While there I was able to stand watch during Night of Nights and have my radiotelegraph license endorsed by station manager Rene Steigler.

Dave Hough, W7GK

Spring Creek, NV

To see pictures in better definition “click on image to enlarge”

– The first 4 pictures show the RX antenna systems at WLO…see the array of loops!

– The other 3 pictures show TX antennas park

– The last two pictures has been made in the building of Trasmitters

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MRD Certificate of Partecipation

This “NOTICE to remember that the deadline for submission of MRD logs is 1st of May.

To receive the Certificate of participation ( CoP): 

– Licenced operators – send a postcard / letter or e-mail with number of QSOs with – ship stations – coast stations – special stations – other Amateurs contacted.

– SWL’s send a complete log to be able to verify qso data by selection.

Send your application with data and your email address to :

Rolf Marschner Narzissenweg 10 53359 Rheinbach Germany

or via e-mail:

Certificate is only available by e-mail!




At 1730Z April 18 2016, exactly 95 years after the time recorded in the Superintendent’s Diary, the anniversary will be marked with a special CW bulletin on 40, 30, 20, 17, and 15 meters.

7050 – 10118 – 14050 -18098 – 21050 

Now, in 2016, WA1WCC is set to commemorate the occasion with a Special Event, QRV from 1400Z April 17 to 2359Z April 18 on multiple bands, CW and SSB:

CW  frequencies   1850 – 3550 – 7050 – 14050 – 21050 – 28050 kHz

SSB frequencies   1921 – 3850 – 7230 – 14250 – 21325 – 28450 kHz

                                (all +/- QRM).

Look for spots of “WCC95”

All radio amateurs are invited to participate. QSL and Certificate will be offered (w/sase). Hams who learned CW by copying WCC press and traffic to ships on the high seas are especially welcome, as are former ship Radio Officers.




Frequencies, Rules and Procedures for Maritime Radio Day 2016

Maritime Radio Day is approaching!!

***Last day for registering is April 10th at midnight***

You can download the complete list of partecipants on the following page where are listed alphabetically all stations subscribed…click on :

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 high participation of many stations from USA, VK and ZL area is 14052 kHz plus or minus some kc/s

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 address to :

Rolf Marschner, Narzissenweg 10, 53359 Rheinbach – Germany or via e-mail: 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! To subscribe free your partecipation at the next Martime Radio Day send an e-mail to R/O Rolf MARSCHNER: or automatically subscription is possible on the following website:

***Last day for registering is April 10th at midnight***



Australian Coastal Radio Service, 1912-2012


The first Australian Coastal Radio Station opened in Melbourne’s Domain on 8th February 1912. It was part of the Commonwealth Government decision to build a network of stations around Australia. By 1914 there were 19 Coastal Radio Stations in the network at: Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Thursday Island, Port Moresby, Mount Gambier, Geraldton, Rockhampton, Cooktown, Esperance, Townsville, Broome, Darwin, Flinders Island, Roebourne and Wyndham.

In 1914, regulations governing safety at sea were established at the International Conference on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in London. The conference had taken to heart the lessons learnt from the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912.

The principal means of communication of the Coastal Radio Stations was morse telegraphy. By the late 1920s, electronic valve equipment had replaced the original spark gap transmitters and crystal detectors.

In 1947, the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (Australia) took over responsibility for the coastal network. Use of maritime communication rapidly increased until the 1990s, for example six new stations were built in the 1960s. Decline in use set in when satellite technologies were introduced in the early 1990s and many stations were closed or downgraded.

In 1992, the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (Australia) was merged with Telecom to form Telstra.

On 31st January 1999 the morse telegraphy service was closed down after 87 years.

In 2000, a contract was awarded to a New Zealand company to build two new digitally based stations in Western Australia and Queensland, remotely controlled from Canberra. These stations provide weather and navigation warnings to shipping over 300 gross tonnes using radio and satellite. Ships less than 300 gross tonnes are served by radio networks controlled by State Governments.

All the Telstra Coastal Radio Stations were closed down on 30 June 2002.


References Hewitson, Peter 2007, ‘A brief history of the Australian Coastal Radio Service’ Australian MCS, accessed Mar 2012

Here is “MELBOURNE RADIO c/s VIM” youtube clip:

***Last day for registering is April 10th at midnight***
This year, thanks to the good partecipation of stations from USA and
VK/ZL, the use of 14052.0 kHz +/- as Main Frequency is suggested.


New Morse Keys by OM Valery – RA1AOM

Dear Sparks,

our colleague Valery PAVLOV – RA1AOM has realized new morse keys to satisfy various requests received by amateurs radio everywhere.

In Valery’s production now you can find the following models, the bug in the image below has been realized for left handed operators  on Jasper base with stainless steel Mechanics on 4 ball bearings and the first Single Lever key has been delivered to RW1AI now leaving again for South Pole.

If you are interested to know more about these morse keys you can write directly to Valery to:

After pictures same keys are shown in the videos in superlative performaces …(click on image for high resolution)

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To subscribe free your partecipation at the next Martime Radio Day send an e-mail to R/O Rolf MARSCHNER:
or automatically subscription is possible on the following website:

***Last day for registering is April 10th at midnight***