Special MRD station – Norddeich Radio c/s DL0DAN

During the next MRD the following crew will activate the callsign DL0DAN to remember one of the famous coast radio station of the world: Norddeich Radio c/s DAN, the Team will be composed by  Dierk – DL8LD, Onno – DL4BCE, Werner – DL8BEG, Hans-Jörg – DL7DAN, Egon – DJ6TL.

For a century Norddeich Radio has served ships at sea covering with big signals all the oceans of the world, a very efficient radio station followed the development of technologies until the satellites decide short waves were not longer required for radiocommunications at sea. People of Norddeich Radio built a Museum where it is possible to admire the great past of this coast radio, into the museum has been organized an amateur radio station with c/s DL0DAN as you can see at the end of the video below. Website of the Museum:


Special MRD station – German Radio Officer Association: The Seefunkkamadschaft Bremen (SFK)

The Seefunkkamadschaft Bremen (SFK) is a. . .
. . . Association of former Radio Officers of the German Merchant Marine. The Association during the Era of morse code at sea served the promotion of radio security and the protection of human life at sea by continuous information of the radio officers. After a fundamental change of  sea radio communications, we now have the task of archiving all that has been written and recorded by maritime radio, or can still be recorded.

In addition, the Association is taking care of Morse code as “intangible cultural heritage”  as former foundation of our profession with the scope of worldwide applications for recognizing the Code as cultural heritage. Here we work together with various international organizations.

Within the SFK, there are many former radio officers who have made their former professional activity an hobby.

As radio amateurs, they are again on the “waves” around the world and continue to enjoy various telegraphic competitions. Our Organization has an own callsign – DLØSFK – on the air during special Events which remember the past of maritime radio communications.

We will take part, as usual, at the next MRD so please  “Watch out for QSO and special QSL”.

Below two pictures of year 2016 Meeting in Bremen





MRD Crew


Special MRD Station- Chatham Radio c/s WA1WCC

By Radio Officer Ron Farris WA1RF (Opr. at WCC)

During the next MRD  we will operate in the original operations building at the receiver site which was constructed in 1914 by the Marconi Wireless America Company. In fact, all the original buildings at the receiving site still exist.  While the site was established by the Marconi Company,  they never operated or had any radio activity there.  World War One happened around that time and the U.S. Government did not allow any foreign companies to conduct communications activities. WCC eventually went on the air in 1921 under RCA Corperation – and the rest in history. While we do operate and the museum is located inside the original  operations building –  unfortunately, we lost all the original WCC antennas to vandalism about 15 years ago.  We had many rhombics and various other types of wire antennas which were all cut down by vandals for their copper value.  The WCC ARA has built and erected antennas for our ham activity. Some of the antennas are replica’s of what was originally used by WCC but thus far we have not be able to duplicate any of the rhombics.  Perhaps one day we will have one back in service. Please refer to the WA1WCC, W1HNJ and WA1RF pages for more info and feel free to use any of the pictures on those pages.  Additionally, the museum has a website:   where you can find more info about WCC and museum activities.


Ron Farris/WA1RF   (WCC op sine: RF)


Special MRD station – ELSFLETH Maritime school – c/s DL0EL

In Elsfleth school, Marine Department, Nautical science studies are appropriate for young people interested in a future in commanding ships. An aptitude for technology and management and an interest in shipmates from other countries and cultures would be of advantage.

In addition to nautical subjects degree course covers science, law, and economics, leading to an academic qualification as a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in addition to the certificate of competency for navigational officers.

Students at Elsfleth have the great opportunity to make pratical experience with ermbarks on board the training vessel: “Grossherzogin Elisabeth”

At the school, the main studies cover the specific subjects necessary for working as a captain. Among these are the subjects relating to commanding a ship (technical navigation, manoeuvring, meteorology, traffic law, introductory exercises on the ship simulator) and loading cargo (ship stability and strength, loading technology, dangerous goods, shipping law) and subjects such as man management and shipping economics which are aimed at ship operation management.


Students training at ship simulator

Career Prospects

The following areas of operation come within the scope of ships’ officers’ and masters’ competences:

  • shiphandling, which includes navigation and manoeuvring, using and monitory technical equipment on the bridge
  • cargo operations, including monitoring the ship’s seaworthiness and cargo capability, planning and monitoring of cargo operations, carrying out instructions of ship owner and cargo-interested parties
  • ship operations, including duty of care in relation to crew and passengers, man management, planning and carrying out assignment of labour and training on board ship

Since everything points to continuing above-average growth in international shipping, and German trained officers enjoy an international reputation for quality, career prospects in this field are excellent. It is possible to follow the Bachelor qualification with a Master’s degree.

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