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Ocean Liner “SS FRANCE”

From wikipedia:

SS France was a Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT, or French Line) ocean liner, constructed by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard at Saint-Nazaire, France, and put into service in February 1962. At the time of her construction in 1960, the 316 m (1,037 ft) vessel was the longest passenger ship ever built, a record that remained unchallenged until the construction of the 345 m (1,132 ft) RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004.

SS France was the French Line flagship from 1961 to 1974, combining regular five days/nights transatlantic crossings with occasional winter cruises, as well as two world circumnavigations. During her last years, to save fuel costs, crossings took six days/nights.

The France’s maiden voyage to New York took place on 3 February 1962, with many of France’s film stars and aristocracy aboard.

On 14 December 1962, the France carried the Mona Lisa from Le Havre to New York, where the painting was to embark on an American tour.

Poster advertising the SS France’s 1965 Christmas and New Year’s cruise to the West African coast.

She sailed the North Atlantic run between Le Havre and New York for thirteen years. However, by the beginning of the 1970s jet travel was by far more popular than ship travel, and the cost of fuel was ever increasing.

France’s cruises were popular, and her first world cruise took place in 1972. Too large to traverse the Panama and Suez Canals, she was forced to sail around Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope. That same year, with the destruction of the Seawise University (former RMS Queen Elizabeth) by fire in Hong Kong, the France became the largest in-service passenger ship in the world.

France was later purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) in 1979, renamed SS Norway and underwent significant modifications that better suited her for cruising duties. She was sold to be scrapped in 2006, and scrapping was completed in late 2008.

Now a documentary about “SS FRANCE” on a youtube clip where it is possible to see the work in the radio room from min. 16 until min 17

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An insidious attack on CW is underway

Logo above by: 5T0JL – OM Jean J. Lewuillon

Written for QTT union by Louis SZONDY – VK5EEE

Dear QTT – Quality True Telegraphists!

We are all enjoying more QTT – Quality Telegraphy Time – and we must try to keep doing so and making more people aware of it because there is seriously an insidious erosion of our CW bands under-way, already started in USA, and on the map in Australia and some other places — to do away with the EXCLUSIVE CW bands.

The reason that CW is the ONLY mode to have exclusive bands until now is because unlike other modes, we suffer the most from incompatible QRM. The reason why CW is the only mode to be allowed across the entire amateur bands is because other modes are not disabled, generally speaking, by CW. I will explain these two points in a little further detail:

CW by its very nature is a very narrow mode, on off keying, and it is however not a digital mode but an AURAL mode. That means, we decode it by EAR. Which means, we have to listen. Our human brain can easily separate out multiple CW signals at different pitches, and our narrow filters can cut out other CW signals that are off frequency, should we wish.

 However, an SSB signal, even in a narrow filter, will still cause interference to CW, as it is broad banded. However as the power of the SSB transmission is dissipated across a broader bandwidth, the power per hertz will be less, but this is generally compensated by higher power allowance for SSB. But still the voice is not constant, and it is be possible to copy CW through SSB QRM, but it is very taxing upon the brain and frustrating, because off-frequency SSB is a nasty sound. Our hobby isn’t about being tortured, its about enjoying, hence SSB isn’t allowed on the CW bands.

Even worse however, are data modes: because a data mode can very often be constant, and narrow in frequency, if zero beat with a CW signal, this will render the CW signal unreadable, or only partly readable. Therefore, although SSB is incompatible to share frequency with CW without causing the CW interference, a data signal is generally far, far worse in its harmful interference to CW.

The reverse is not true, and this is why CW is allowed anywhere on the band: if an SSB station is on a frequency and there is a CW signal, the CW signal can be quite effectively notched out – still leaving the SSB signal intelligible. If the CW is off frequency the pass band tuning may also be adjusted to filter it out and not one sound of it will remain. For data modes, especially those that are efficient and have error-correction and are thus robust, a CW signal on the exact same frequency will at worst slow down the data throughput, but no operators ears will be harmed. Digital mode users generally are looking at their monitor screens, not listening to the data signal!

Another problem and reason that no other modes have ever been allowed into the exclusive CW bands, and the very reason also for their necessary exclusivity, is because if you are experiencing QRM from another radio station, you should have a right to know who that station is and to report them or complain to them. SSB, easy to tune in. CW, easy to tune in. Data modes, cannot be listened in without extra equipment, and even then, not necessarily immediately. This is why originally data modes had to send a CW identification. Now this is not required.

So if a data signal causes QRM to a CW operator, the CW operator can NOT contact the data operator and tell them, a) he does not know who they are and b) they won’t be listening anyway and c) they probably can’t decode CW without switching to digital CW mode and even that won’t be reliable — why should they — they’d have no idea the station is complaining. If a CW operator causes QRM to another CW operator, even if off frequency, a “QSY” can easily be understood.

The above are the main reasons, from a simple logical reality check, as to why CW bands are EXCLUSIVE, and why CW is however allowed across the entire HF frequency bands.

Now however, the ARRL/FCC and WIA/ACMA have, and/or wish to, simply violate the rights of all human manual true aural CW operators by lumping CW in as a “data mode” and/or extending the entire CW bands to Data. There is absolutely no reason for this and no good of it can come at all. It can ONLY be perceived as at best ignorance of the above mentioned facts, and at worst an attempt to push out the pleasure of CW and attempt to do the impossible: kill off the mode, so that more expensive radios can be sold, and to allow Amateur Radio to be used the way facebook is on the internet — allow anyone passing the simplest of exams to get onto HF with a computer and use the limited HF resources, more money for ARRL/WIA, radio manufacturers etc but at OUR expense — denying us the historic right to operate CW without interference from other modes.

It is understandable that over the years, the exclusive CW bands have been reduced, however, the current situation, e.g. 14070 and upwards being data modes, is still more than enough for data modes. Not during data mode contests but then neither is the CW band enough during CW contests, or the SSB band enough during SSB contests. It can be understood to share above 14060 with data modes, but not below. We are already struggling for space and CW is after all undergoing a revival for several reasons not least the reason that techno and electronic music will never eradicate or replace human music generated by live singing, playing musical instruments, and all the benefits that brings to both the musician and the listeners.

 It is now high time for CW Unions to defend our rights against these insidious encroachments and the erosion of our rights and freedoms. Meanwhile we hope that we don’t have to migrate from the bottom 50kHz of every band to the top 50kHz of every band to avoid Digital modes including Digital CW which is very often incompatible with human CW.

 QTT Hours

A reminder of a fun one hour event called “QTT Hour” which details are at: http://www.vkcw.net/qtt-hour

Also those who like to use bug keys, or engage in QTT QSO, rather than just “5NN TU”, it is suggested can gather around those frequencies at any time on any day, e.g. if it is the 30th of the month, 30kHz from the bottom band edge, if it is the 21st of the month, 21kHz up from band edge. This way, QTT activities, and human CW operators looking for more than just “5NN” and possible rag chew QSOs, can call CQ or QTT at any time on any day on any band, and more easily find each other – simple check the UTC date and look for a free QRG near that same amount of kHz from the band edge. What say, shall we popularise the idea?

 

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M/V “CAP SAN DIEGO” c/s DNAI

MF-Runde e.V. (short MF-round) are united licensed radio amateurs who worked as radio officers in the merchant navy or the navy largely. Since June 1987, a group of about 25 radio operators obtained the original radio station on board the museum freighter MS “CAP SAN DIEGO” with callsign DLØMFH (DL = Germany, MFH = Marine Radio Hamburg), the radio operator crew uses the radio room of the “CAP SAN DIEGO” as an amateur radio club station. (Almost) all weekends, holidays and at special trips of the museum ship are established two radio contacts with other ship’s radio operators around the world and to interested visitors is explained the history of the marine radio, the function of the devices and the Morse Code. Visitors will then have the opportunity to try out the Morse code itself.

The amateur-radio-station DL0MFH is part of the radio room on board the museums freighter “Cap San Diego ” .The vessel moored alongside the so called “Überseebrücke”in the port of Hamburg.

A summary of M/V Cap San Diego by Wikipedia:

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MS Cap San Diego is a general cargo ship, situated as a museum ship in Hamburg, Germany. Notable for its elegant silhouette, it was the last of a series of six ships known as the white swans of the south atlantic, and marked the apex of German-built general cargo ships before the advent of the container ship and the decline of Germany’s heavy industry.

The Cap San Diego was built and launched by Deutsche Werft in 1961 for Hamburg Süd as the last of a series of six ships. The 159 m, 10000 dwt ship ran a regular schedule between Germany and South America, completing 120 round trips until 1981. After being sold and running under different names and flags of convenience as a tramp trader, the run-down ship was scheduled for scrapping in 1986, when it was bought by the city of Hamburg.

The ship was restored mainly by the labour of enthusiasts and laid-off dock workers, and is kept operational to date. Most of the time, the Cap San Diego is moored at the port of Hamburg, where visitors can access virtually all areas of the ship from the bridge to the engine. One of the cargo holds hosts temporary exhibitions. Passenger cabins can be booked for overnight stays. Several times a year, the ship leaves the harbour for trips on its own power, mostly on the river Elbe or to Cuxhaven. In 2001, the ship was awarded the Maritime Heritage Award by the World Ship Trust, and in 2003 it was declared a protected item of cultural heritage by German law.

On the following youtube clip M/V Cap San Diego under name of SANGRIA and flag of convenience. Please pay attention from minute 4.10 where is showed the radio room while sailing in the Indian Ocean…unfortunately the clip has not audio…

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Bristish Ocean Weather Ship Record D (1947) M/V “Weather Explorer”

From wikpedia:

Weather ship, or Ocean Station Vessel, was a ship stationed in the ocean as a platform for surface and upper air meteorological observations for use in weather forecasting. They were primarily located in the North Atlantic and north Pacific oceans, reporting via radio. In addition to their weather reporting function, these vessels aided in search and rescue operations, supported transatlantic flights, acted as research platforms for oceanographers, monitored marine pollution, and aided weather forecasting both by weather forecasters and within computerized  atmospheric models.

The idea of a stationary weather ship was proposed as early as 1921 by Météo-France to help support shipping and the coming of transatlantic aviation. They were used during World War II but had no means of defense, which led to the loss of several ships and many lives. On the whole, the establishment of weather ships proved to be so useful during World War II for Europe and North America that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) established a global network of weather ships in 1948, with 13 to be supplied by Canada, the United States, and Europe. This number was eventually negotiated down to nine. The agreement of the use of weather ships by the international community ended in 1985.

Weather ship observations proved to be helpful in wind and wave studies, as commercial shipping tended to avoid weather systems for safety reasons, whereas the weather ships did not. They were also helpful in monitoring storms at sea, such as tropical cyclones. Beginning in the 1970s, their role was largely superseded by weather buoys because of the ships’ significant cost. The removal of a weather ship became a negative factor in forecasts leading up to the Great Storm of 1987. The last weather ship was Polarfront, known as weather station M (“Mike”), which was removed from operation on January 1, 2010. Weather observations from ships continue from a fleet of voluntary merchant vessels in routine commercial operation.

Clip from “British Pathé” youtube channel

 

 

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The born of a new morse code Union “QTT” or “Qualified True Telegraphist”

QTT means no machines and no computers but Human morse code…

Following review by OM Louis SZONDY – VK5EEE

To encourage and increase human CW contacts in quality and duration the QTT idea was developed. In this context of human CW, QTT means many things: Quality Telegraphy Time, Qualified True Telegraphist, “The identification that follows is superimposed upon the current transmission”, and a fun one-hour event which takes places 24 times each month for a total of 24 hours.

With the aim of increasing contacts and friendships between former professional CW operators of any profession, whether maritime or other, as well as between and among the many CW clubs all over the world, “QTT Hour” was developed as an activity inspired in part by the annual MRD event.

During QSO you send a former CW professional call sign that you operated in the past, or a CW Club that you belong to along with membership number. Thus QTT Hour participation is open to all who are either former professional CW operators, and/or those are currently a member of a CW Club, union or group. For example: QTT IAR, QTT INORC3579, QTT FISTS1124 etc.

This exchange during QSO often brings friendships and longer QSO because two radio amateur CW operators who were not aware they shared a profession, or of their membership of a CW club, thus become aware of this. CW clubs worldwide are freely promoted by their members showing off their membership numbers, and this in turn supports CW associations growth.

Although a QTT exchange can occur during any QSO at any time, there is special encouragement to take place in “QTT Hour” with optional sending of logs after the 24th of each month, with total minutes duration of all QTT QSO during QTT Hour counting for monthly total.

In future prizes may be offered for top minutes, for now it is your chance to fame on vkcw.net/qtt-hour page. The actual QTT Hour is easily remembered and determined by the date in UTC. So on the 1st of the month, QTT Hour takes place at 0100Z. On the second at 0200Z, etc, until the 24th when it takes place at 0000Z. Therefore each day until the 23rd, QTT Hour occurs one hour later, but the 23rd 2300Z and 24th 0000Z give a two-hour opportunity to increase your final monthly total.

To make it easy to find each other in QTT Hour, the centre-of-activity frequency will be the same number of kHz from lower band edge, e.g. on 17th of the month at 1700Z on 1817, 3517, 7017, 10117 etc, all bands are allowed as this is not a contest with longer QSO offer more minutes totals. If a contest or DX activation is causing QRM there are alternatives, see vkcw.net/qtt-hour The only information that must be submitted for monthly total if wishing to be listed in the total score each month, is callsigns, QTT exchanges, start and end time of each QTT QSO, total minutes of each QSO (but only those minutes within the designated QTT Hours qualify toward the total score).

Honest reports are exchanged but not included in log submissions. See the web page for details and example of required log format, and be sure to check this page each month as it is possible the rules will change or be modified as this new activity becomes more popular.

Several former Maritime Radio Officers are already taking part in QTT Hour and QTT activities and translation and sharing of the information about QTT Hour is encouraged. Please send your feedback and experiences via the contact form at www.vkcw.net and encourage your CW Club to link to the QTT Hour information page and encourage members to participate in the only world-wide CW cross-club event of its kind, which benefits each CW club the more its members participate as many are looking for CW Clubs to join so they can participate in QTT Hour.

As a special benefit only to former professional CW Operators no club memberships are required to participate. For all others who have not operated a professional CW callsign in the past, a current membership of a CW club is required in order to be able to pass QTT information and qualify for the monthly QTT Hour totals. This in turn will increase membership sign ups for clubs. Use of the new “77” greeting is encouraged, meaning in any language: “Long Live CW, wishing you many happy CW QSO” at the end of QTT QSO.

Remember QTT takes place whenever a Quality Telegraphy QSO takes place without decoders, and stale “5NN TU” exchange. The activity encourages increased CW usage of the bottom 25kHz of our bands, which are being encroached upon. As an alternative during times of QRM, the top kHz of any band can be used as CW is allowed throughout HF amateur bands. Qualifying minutes however are available only during QTT Hour.

About QTT Hour: http://www.vkcw.net/qtt-hour

QTT Frequencies: http://www.vkcw.net/qtt-table

Sample QTT Log: http://www.vkcw.net/local–files/qtt-hour/201604VK5EEE.txt

Feedback and submissions: http://www.vkcw.net/contact

This is an excellent opportunity for Qualified True Telegraphists to engage in Quality Telegraphy Time and find each other at least every month at a convenient time and propagation, with changing centre of activity frequency each UTC day, thus giving a chance to participate no matter which part of the world you are in. We hope to see you whether in or outside QTT Hours!

    On this website QTT Union will be followed and supported to fight against the use of any type

of Morse ROBOTS!!

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Final Results of „Maritime Radio Day“ 2016

There are no first, second and third prizes, we only want to show which station had most QSO’s

>> It’s taking part that counts <<

Station ship coast special hams total Operator
DL0DAN 140 46 1 72 259 Dierk & crew
IR0IAR 66 32 1 103 202 Salvo
PA2PCH 84 23 2 16 125 Ad
GB0GLD 94 12 3 14 123 John & crew
GB0GKA 49 19 1 45 114 Tony & Peter
CT1ELZ 63 27 3 21 114 Manuel
DF4BV 72 23 2 13 110 Heinz
DL0CUX 56 8 3 38 105 Uwe
DL6MLA 70 21 3 7 101 Karl
II3IQX 48 14 5 34 101 Ennio ex IQX
WA1WCC 26 6 4 61 97 Crew ex WCC
DL5KUD 66 19 1 8 94 Jo
DL0EL 54 26 0 9 89 Peter &crew
IV3JWY 60 12 4 12 88 Bruno
IK6IJF 51 22 12 85 Alfredo
G3WNQ 58 10 1 15 84 Eddie ex GKZ
DL9CM 56 20 4 80 Rolf
F5RMN 48 14 4 11 77 Crew FFB
IZ7DJR 41 18 2 16 77 Nino
PA5ABW 50 15 1 8 74 Albert
G4ZMM 46 16 10 72 Jon
RD3AV 40 22 2 6 70 Victor
M6MPC 47 17 3 2 69 Mike
F6GIN 39 13 8 60 Andrė
DL9ZOG 41 16 2 59 Jochen
DL6MKA 34 11 2 10 57 Bernd
F6FSF 41 14 2 57 Luc
IQ6SB/IQP 31 8 2 14 55 Dom
LA6DW 35 15 2 3 55 Gerner
DL5KUT 31 10 1 13 55 Holger
PI4HAL 27 4 23 54 Okko & crew
DF5LW 29 9 8 6 52 Wolf
LA3DX 35 11 6 52 Frode
OH8FIU 34 15 2 51 Jorma
DL2DHS 34 14 2 50 Joerg
PA3ERE 35 11 1 1 48 Hans
M0URL 32 8 1 4 45 Peter
OH1RX 32 6 7 45 Jouko
S51RE 31 9 2 3 45 Mirko
G3OGP 29 12 1 1 43 Robin
LA9IO 21 9 6 5 41 Birger
DL6OCH 30 7 4 41 Henrik
DH6BAN 28 7 3 2 40 Hans-Jürgen
LA3FL 24 12 1 3 40 Per
SV1ME 30 7 2 39 Manos/SVA
DL0MFH 23 8 1 6 38 Claus
EA8VI 19 11 3 2 35 Juan
G4AJY 22 3 7 32 Dave
G3UFO 17 10 1 4 32 David
DJ9BM 17 9 2 3 31 Volker
GW4OKT 19 10 1 1 31 Keith
DL4BCG 19 8 3 30 Paul
I6MAT 12 12 1 5 30 Gio
DL5LBC 17 10 2 29 Claudia
G3ZNR 17 10 2 29 Derek
DL7LPH 20 6 2 28 Peter
CT1ZQ 18 2 2 6 28 Fernando
DH4PB 12 4 3 9 28 Sylvester
DL0SFK 15 5 2 5 27 Paul
LA5DF 16 10 1 27 Svein
RW3AI 15 8 2 1 26 Valery
DN4SFK 19 3 3 25 Paul
DL0MCM 19 2 4 25 Jürgen
DL3AKM 13 8 1 1 23 Friedrich
OE6XMF 14 7 2 23 Werner
OZ5RM 15 5 2 22 Rick
LA7QW 14 8 22 Rune
DJ7JE 13 7 1 21 Klaus
VK5EEE 13 7 20 Louis
KA3UNQ 13 5 18 Jim
DL1BJO 10 5 1 1 17 Robert
OH7QR 5 8 4 17 Erkki
GM4PSL 10 6 1 17 Terry
G4DTD 9 4 1 14 Ross
GU4RUK 7 1 3 3 14 Alan
G3XKR 7 6 1 14 Steve
VK2FGBR 9 3 2 14 Philip
I2AZ 4 3 2 5 13 Joe
DL1NGL 8 5 13 Gisela
PA3CWG 8 5 13 Ronald
I5EFO 8 3 1 12 Emil
EA7EGU 4 6 1 11 Manuel
OH5YR 5 5 1 11 Jouko
F5YG 8 3 11 Jean
IK7TVE 4 6 1 11 Pasquale
M0BUI 8 3 11 Les
DL5CX 5 6 11 Günter
I1GEI 7 1 2 10 Fr. o. MRD
SM3CIQ 6 4 10 Ulf
G4UZE 6 3 1 10 Chris
VK4QC 8 2 10 Peter
CT1GZB 5 4 9 Jose Luis
SM0AFT 3 4 1 8 Robert
ZS5XT 6 1 7 Bruce
UR7FM 4 2 1 7 Gennadiy
DL3GLO 5 2 7 Lothar
W2LID 2 1 1 4 Don
VK2KJJ 2 1 3

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 ***Telegraphy has recognized as cultural Heritage in Belgium – Germany – Netherlands***

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Comments to the „Maritime Radio Day“ 2016

Hallo Rolf,
MRD hat Spaß gemacht, obwohl die condx schlecht waren /QRN und teilweise tiefes QSB.

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Die Condx waren sehr wechselhaft und mit meiner Drahtantenne ist auf den höheren Bändern für mich nichts zu holen (2 QSO’s auf 20). Ich habe Dich nur einmal sehr sehr leise gehört und nicht angerufen. Die Entfernung und Tageszeit zwischen uns war wohl nicht optimal für QSO auf 40.

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Der MRD hat wieder sehr viel Spaß gemacht. Man trifft alte Freunde und es ist immer Zeit auch für ein paar persönliche Anmerkungen.

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Lieber Rolf, vielen Dank für die Organisation des MRD und beste Grüße aus Sankt Augustin AWDH de Volker, DJ9BM

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THIS IS NOT MY FIRST PARTICIPATION, I HAVE PARTICIPATE 2 OR 3 TIMES AT THE FIRST STEPS OF THIS EVENT.
ANYWAY THIS TIME WAS AMASING, AND AS GOD KEEP US IN GOOD HEALTH, I TELL YOU SEE U NEXT YEAR. BEST 73 ES ΚΛΤ (‘KLT’ ΚΑΛΗ ΤΥΧΗ) MEANS GL. ALSO MEANS GOOD VOYAGE (ΚΑΛΟ ΤΑΞΙΔΙ) VERY COMMON WISH FROM SVA TO SHIP TRAVELLERS. MANOS SV1ME/ATHINAIRADIO/SVA.

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Hat mal wieder Spaß gemacht. Dann bis zum nächsten MRD es FB WE.
73
de Wolfram, DF5LW

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Dear OM:
All QSO were made with Icom Ic 756, 100 W, dipole antenna, and key bug SpeedX 114-500 My congratulations for the organization of the event.Until next year at the MRD.
73, Manuel
EA7EGU

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Die Bedingungen waren äußerst schlecht, ich habe einige Stationen ohne Erfolg gerufen, von Übersee sogar keine gehört. Besten Dank an alle die beim Ereignis mitgeholfen haben!
73, Vinko S52CC

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Dear Rolf, Pls find attached my MRD-log. It was a pleasure to take part in this event. Well organised by you. I had 126 qsos including some dupes. It was a pity that 15 and 10m bands were completely dead here. I have one suggestion. Since most radio officers and coast stations also worked telephony would it be nice to allow ssb qsos too? We can have more personal contacts by voice. For instance cw on the even hours and ssb the odd hours. What is your idea about this? 73 Ad

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Hello Rolf, Thanks for another fun MRD event. GB0GLD was run from the home station of G3XRJ and was staffed by G3XRJ G3WMX and G3RID 73 John G3XRJ

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Hopefully there will be more qso next year.

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Thank you for organising this event and I wish you Good Health and all the best for the coming year.
73
Peter/M0URL

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Thanks for another FB MRD!
73
Edd/G3WNQ/GKZ

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Hallo OM Rolf, hat mir großen Spaß gemacht mal wieder etwas aktiver auf den Bändern zu sein und das alte “Feeling” wieder aufleben zu lassen. Dummerweise mußte ich nebenher meinem Landjob nachgehen. tks fer ufb mrd, 73 55 de DL1BJO, Robert

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despite very poor propagation condx , it’s always a great pleasure to participate. Best73 from Giorgio I6MAT /IPA AnconaradioPT

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This was my first year participating in the MRD and, although the propagation was not the best, I did enjoy the hunt and am looking forward to next year’s event. My thanks to all who contributed to putting it together.
Thanks again and best 73’s,
Jim Elliott KA3UNQ
Gambrills, MD USA

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Hallo Rolf,
wir hatten den Spaß und Du nun die Arbeit.
vy73
Paul

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thanks again for organising M.R.D, do hope condx will be kinder in 2017 will take a couple of photos of the station here and email them later today
Vy 73
Tony G3ZRJ GB0GKA

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MRD hat mir richtig Spass gemacht.
73
Hans PA3ERE

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Many thanks for organising such a pleasant radio occasion.
Kind regards
Robin G3OGP

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Due to narrow band limits, pile-up was tremendous and only powerful stations could get through.
Nonetheless fun and pleasure in hearing so many fists was high.
73, I1GEI Giuseppe

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Hat wieder viel Spass gemacht, vielen Dank für die Organisation an alle beteiligten OM’s. Condx waren leider nur mäßig, nur eine Station aus Übersee erreicht (K1VV auf 20mtrs). Bin kommendes Jahr mit Sicherheit wieder dabei. vy73, schönes Wochenende und cw fe Bernd/DL6MKA

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Hi Rolf
I have pleasure in attaching my log for the 2016 MRD in Cabrillo Format. Hope all is OK.I participated as a ‘Friend’ and really enjoyed taking part. My CW mentor was an ex-RO working for many years on a Cable and Wireless Cable Ship. Sadly he is now ‘silent key’.
Thanks very much for organising such an enjoyable event.
Cheers and 73
Chris, G4UZE

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Hallo lbr OM Rolf,
Es war, wie jedes Jahr, viel Spass mit zu machen. Vielen, vielen dank für die Organisation und höffentlich bis zum nächsten Jahr
Alles gute/vy 73
Albert/PA5abw

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Hello Rolf,
I believe this MRD event has been very much enjoyed by all participants, especially by me. We have all enjoyed meeting together and remembering the work of the Radio Officers and Technicians associated with the Maritime industry and meeting also fellow hams that joined us during the two days on the air. We are all again in high praise and admiration for your time and efforts in making this event so pleasurable, so well done to you and the MRD team. I have attached my log for MRD 2016, now completed and checked for your approval. I was contacted by a few Radio Amateurs/Friends of MRD that seemed to also enjoy working the various operators of MRD and said that they also are looking forward to the next event in 2017.
So Rolf, I hope the year has been kind to you and that your health is in good form. Best wishes from me and hope to find you on the bands again soon. 73
Jon / G4ZMM Ex Atlantic Conveyor / GZMM

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Thanks for all the fine work in organizing the MRD. It`s getting better year by year. 73 de Gerner/LA6DW
Hello Rolf,

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thanks for the MRD 2016. On Thursday conditions were not so good, Friday was much better. My setup was TX 80 watts to horizontal loop, semiautomatic bug and sideswiper key. njoyed very much the event. Worked on bands 3.5/7/10.1/14/21 MHz
from QTH Oulu/Finland.
73 and su next year.
Jorma / OH8FIU

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Hello Rolf!
Please see attached, my MRD log. Unfortunately conditions were poor this year. Only a small window of opportunity on 20m from VK with some EU stations calling CQ MRD continuously and covering weaker signals. Please consider QSY up or down 2 after initial contact to leave 14052 clear for callers. Despite that, it was so nice to hear other ex R/O’s on air and keeping the memories alive. Really enjoyed it!
Vy 73,
Peter VK4QC

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Hallo om Rolf, es hat wieder Spaß gemacht, viele alte Bekannte begrüßt. Zeitweise war ja richtig viel Betrieb, vor allem auf 30 und 40 m. Danke für deine Aktivitäten, um das Ganze am Leben zu erhalten. Beste Grüße von der Insel 73 – “JO” DL5KUD

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I only had time for an hour or so, but it was VERY interesting to join the QSO-party.
Rick, OZ5RM

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Vielen Dank, das sieht ja prima aus!.
73
Hans PA3ERE

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Ciao Rolf, DL9CM,
I am very glad tu say you that I download my certificate of partecipation for the Maritime Radio Day 2016.
73 DX de
Joe
i2AZ.

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Sorry to say I missed most of MRD 2016 and only have a few call signs, so no log. It was amazing the first QSO I heard was you working F8KIH. – QSL attached !
Regards
David +

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Dear Rolf, Many thanks,for the organization of the Maritime Radio Day. My log is in attachment in doc format (with the callsign of my last ship t/s Leda FNHG (french Shell)). Have a nice day.
73 ! Jean-Pierre

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Thank you for a wonderful MRD conditions not good but enjoyed it.
Nice to work you again
73s
David G3UFO

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Thank you for all of your efforts; it was a magical two days.
73
Terry
GM4PSL / GHQX

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