Icebreaker “KRASIN” 100 years c/s R100LK

Radio Officer Biagio VENANZONI IK0PRH reported to the Special Activation for 100 years of the famous I/B “KRASIN” which will be on the air with callsign R100LK

From 31 March to 30 June 2017 the Special Callsign R100LK will be active to celebrate 100 years of entry into service in the Russian Navy Ship of Icebreaker Krasin.


Biagio in the radio room of KRASIN

The story of this ship is as long as his life. Built in 1916 in the British shipyards of Newcastle, serving in the Russian Imperial Navy March 31, 1917 under the name Sviagotor. It has an overall length of about 100 meters, a width of about 20 and a draft of about 8 meters, Steam Engine, originally supplied by a coal-fired boiler, which limited the autonomy of only 25 days at sea, in 1953 in the shipyards of Rostov and East Germany, transformed diesel, increasing the range to 50 days driven by a propeller quadripale reaches a speed of 15 knots and can break thick sheets of ice up to 4-5 meters. Modernized into the superstructure of the bridge deck is left in the original wooden floorboards. Equipped with modern navigation systems and telecommunications the Krasin, so renamed in 1927 till today. She is the main Museum Russian Ship efficient and ready to go to sea. Krasin was used to open the way for convoys in the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean, in numerous scientific expeditions and travels in the Arctic. In World War II he was carrying materials from the United States to Murmansk. Mainly the Krasin is famous for having rescued the survivors of the “Red Tent” the members of the Italian expedition to the North Pole in the airship Italy commanded by General Umberto Nobile. Its halls and its corridors are covered with large panels reproducing photos and articles of the newspapers, including Corriere della Sera. On board, in a coffee shop near the real radio station, Radio Amateurs Victor, former R.T. Fleet 82 remarkably robust, and Nick, have installed an amateur radio station with Name R1LK. Much sought after by fans of QSL.


Biagio and Nick on board KRASIN in the amateur radio shack

Do not loose this opportunity to put in the LOG c/s R100LK

From youtube a reportage about the history of the ship (on youtube page you find the other 2 parts of the movie)




Hopen Island (Svalbard) still active with c/s JW2US

Erik Sommerseth LA2US returned on EU-063/Hopen Island early Dec 2016 for a 6 months stay.  He is active on CW on/around IOTA frequencies or at the lower band edges. As before, this is a spare time operation, Erik is in the shack only as often as work and other tasks permit.

Operational from EU-063 / Hopen Island  Dec 2016 – May 2017 as JW2US

Now some informations about Hopen Island and Hopen Radio MF SSB

General: Hopen is a small, remote island in the far southeast of Svalbard and part of the Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve. Hopen is 37 km long and mostly less than 2 km wide. It is often difficult to visit because of the exposed coastline, where waves are often breaking heavily. Offlying shallows don’t make it easier, and traditionally, Hopen was surrounded by dense drift ice for most parts of the year. Today, the summer drift ice does hardly reach the island anymore. Fog is frequent, because different water- and airmasses meet in the area.


Hopen Island Meteo and Radio Base

History: Possibly already sighted by Rjip in 1596, otherwise certainly by other whalers during the early 17 century. The discoverer could have been Thomas Marmaduke from Hull in 1613, who named Hopen (‘Hope Island’) after his ship, the ‘Hopewell’. Thor Iversen, a Norwegian fishery consultant, did systematic research and mapping early in the 20th century. In those days, Norwegian trappers wintered several times on the island, sometimes with rekord polar bear catches.

During the second world war, the Russian freighter ‘Dekabrist’ was torpedoed near Hopen by a German submarine. Most people drowned instantly, only a few managed under great difficulty to get ashore. It was December, the most difficult time of the year with constant darkness, cold and heavy storms, and very few only survived the coming months until the remaining handfull (including a woman) were rescued. 1943-44, the German air force established the war weather station ‘Svartisen’ on the same place where the Norwegians have their weather station and coast radio station since after the Second World War, which is still operating today, permanently staffed by 4 persons. And today, they do of course have their website, which is well worth a visit (if you read Norwegian) and even their own newspaper, the Hopen Times.


Hopen Radio c/s LMR on MF SSB working frequency 1750 kHz





Special MRD station – San Francisco Radio c/s KPH

MRHS Operations Staff  of “San Francisco Radio”/KPH will be active during the next MRD with callsign K6KPH

(source: wikipedia)

KPH is a public coast radio station on the West Coast of the United States. For most of the 20th century, it provided ship to shore communications including telegrams (using Morse code) and marine telex service (using radioteletype). The station discontinued commercial operation in 1998, but is operated occasionally as a historic service – its signal can be tuned in throughout a large portion of the western hemisphere.

KPH would broadcast regular bulletins of news, weather and other general information to the shipping community, then relay business and personal messages to and from individual ships. Station operators also monitored the international distress frequencies for calls from ships in trouble.

With the decline of Morse code the station was retired, but volunteers have preserved it in operating condition so that it can still be heard on the air on weekends and special occasions, sometimes using the alternative callsign KSM and the amateur radio club callsign K6KPH. KPH is located within the Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California, north of the San Francisco Bay.


MRD crew




Dear Sparks,

just done QSO with OM IGOR former R/O and now Electrical Engineer on board M/T WEICHSELSTERN which is a CHEMICAL CARRIER. QSO today 27 March at Time 17:17 UTC on frequency 14013.8 kHz, the ship is entering Gibraltar Strait BND to Spain CASTELLON.





skogafoss 2


Dear Sparks,

this morning (26 March) at time 09.59 UTC I had a QSO with OM Stephan – RA1M/MM on board Container Ship “SKOGAFOSS” from Iceland to New Foundland, QTH (Loc.) HO12BT (in the middle of North Atlantic passage).

Stephan, former R/O now in the rank of Master is very active when on board on frequency 14060.0 kHz…stay tuned!





Special MRD station – Anglesey Radio c/s GLV

During the next MRD thanks to Radio Officer John Parry GW3VVC the callsign GB0GLV will be on the air to remember one of the former British coast radio station: Anglesey Radio GLV. This is a special callsign allocated by OFCOM for the forthcoming 2017 MRD Special Event. The station is located on the Island of Anglesey.

wwwcoastalradioorguk anglesey GLV1970s

Picture of Angelsey Radio GLV in the 70’s (source:

Anglesey Radio has been opened in 1960 and closed at the end on 1986,GLV operated on MF and VHF on the following frequencies:

MF A1A  on 410, 447 kHz

MF J3E  on 1715, 1911, 1925 & 2810 kHz

VHF Band


MRD crew


Special MRD station – Maritime Museum Long Island NY c/s W2TAP

Dear Sparks,

OM Ronnie P Milione c/s W2TAP during next MRD will be active from the Naval Museum of Long Isl. NY.

From wikipedia some info about:

The Long Island Maritime Museum was founded in 1966 on the waterfront grounds of the former Meadowedge estate of Mrs. Florence Bourne Hard in West Sayville. Florence Hard was the daughter of Frederick Gilbert Bourne, president of Singer Sewing Machine from 1889 to 1905. Charged with the mission of preserving Long Island’s maritime history and heritage for educational purposes, the Museum has been welcoming visitors from all over the world for over 40 years.

The Museum’s Main Exhibit and Administrative Building, formerly the estate’s garage, houses a collection of local half models, a permanent exhibit on Long Island shipwrecks and the United States Lifesaving Service, and a gallery for annual exhibits. Hervey Garrett Smith is credited to being the Museum’s founder and first director. The Museum grounds and buildings were originally owned by the Bourne-Hard family.

The garage also houses the Elward Smith III Library, a treasure trove of books, documents, photographs and boat plans. The Library is located in the east wing of the Carriage House, with the archives upstairs. The Library, which also houses many unique models and trophies is used for educational programs and meetings.

Best 73’s

MRD crew

Ricev. by Manzato

Special MRD station – Trieste Radio c/s IQX

Dear Sparks

On the same way of last years, during April 14 and 15 – 2017, II3IQX will be active during Maritime Radio Day, renewing QSO’s with HAM community, and former operators of the Maritime Mobile Service, after ceasing the use of  Morse code.

The story of IQX “TRIESTE RADIO”

After the end of W.W.II, Trieste coastal radio station was created to grant radio communications in the Adriatic Sea, owing increase of commercial exchanges and technical evolution.

The town of Trieste was enclosed in the T.L.T. (Free Territory of Trieste), from 1946 until 1954 (DXCC: i1 – Trieste, deleted).

British Major Haiworth, at time Post and Telegraph Director in charge of Anglo-American Administration, in accordance with local PPTT Supervisors, obtained the opening of the new station: the assigned call sign, with “I” was confirmed, and become hopefully for the final solution of the geo-political situation.

First headquater was inside “Lanterna” lighthouse, the old phare-pillox situated at the end of bank, in the town.

For a short time, the station thence was situated inside the old “San Giusto Castle”, but during 1953 begin construction of the new bulding, in order the receiver site must be separated from the transmitter.

The receiving location is on acreage  on the route from Trieste town to Opicina, in dominant position and open to the gulf, advantageous for radiocommunications and served by public transport service.

IQX antenne

The transmitting location is some Km. nearby, on hill called “Monte Radio”,  proximity  of   RAI broadcast transmitters.

The bulding of receiving section increased during next decade on the top floor, allowing more space for administration and technician offices and changing room.

During 1983 some more works like ‘insonorization’ and the change of  fixtures increase comfort of workers.

First equipment was receivers BC348 and transmitters BC610 operating  500 KHz, and OC5 Marconi running 5 KW for short wave 8 MHz.

During 1953 begins service on 2182 KHz phone and HF on the bands  4, 6, 8, 12, 16 and 22 MHz for long distances.

More receivers in service during sixties: Magneti Marelli RP32, Hallicrafters SX28, RCA AR88, Marconi, Siemens and Allocchio Bacchini.


During the 70’s new receivers was Collins 51S1, during the 80’s Dancom, Elmer and Collins 651S1; during the 90’s Rohde & Schwarz.

The 1993 management changes from PPTT to IRITEL and then Telecom Italia.

MF/CW is separated in a “closet”, and the operator follows 500 KHz of IQX and IPA/Anconaradio.

CIMAT system expect multiple operating desks: they was  added the remote-controlled stations phone 2  MHz and VHF of  San Benedetto del Tronto radio/IQP, of Anconaradio/IPA, of Veneziaradio/IPN and Ravennaradio VHF.

Started also ‘autolink’ communications.

One room is devoted to telex equipments, another room is for automatic keyers devices and emergency power suppliers.

Receiving antennas are always vertical dipoles or orizzontal Marconi-types, supported by two pillars.

VHF aerials are settled just over building, mainly collinear type.

Transmitter site was equipped with Elmer and Marconi running 5 KW, Philips running 2 KW and a ‘biconical’ antenna with tuner, permitting emissions of two or more HF frequencies simultaneously on the same aerial.

During first years, the operators  coming from the Telegraph section of PPTT , or from the old national centre of Coltano, with big experience, even in the navy service.

Other personnel  coming from the ex-operators of  GMA Police, after his dissolution during 1954.

During ’70s, following PPTT competitions, begun service some ship’s Radiofficers. During ’80s,  other PPTT competition, and  new operators replaces the retirees.

When there was no sufficent operators, some guys started service for three months once a year, usually Radiofficers from freighters.

With Radiotelegraphists and Radiotelephonists, there was employers for teletype, electronic laboratory, administratives and a director.

In the transmitter building they operate  technicians and a responsible.

Watch service for safety of life at sea  granted continously, with turns on 500 KHz, 2182 KHz and VHF channel 16;  HF bands was followed from 1 to 5 operators, according to the timetable, opening of the band and traffic volume of the moment.

A supervisior  follows all operations..

Traffic lists  sent MF CW and Phone, but in HF follows IAR and ICB on the same IAR/Romaradio schedule.

Furthermore original QTC’s traffic, often made QSP traffic,delivering onboard messages from other italian coastal stations.

HF operators was particularly patience when receiving QTCs from ships in difficulty with low-power transmitters, defective manual keying, long messages or with problematic positions.

On the rearwall of receiving room there was a world map, where  remote areas of the Pacific Ocean  was not represented. At the end of a difficult QSO, one operator may said:” I just made a contact outside the world!”.

Starting ’80s, Adriatic sea yacht traffic increases, and new VHF repeater of Monte Piancavallo (PN) helps with communications in the Dalmatia and Istria coasts areas, otherwise not covered.

Triesteradio’s operators was like a big familiy: they do their best to complete their duty, even helping one another, without exception of rule or frequency assigned at the moment.

After 1996 remoted reorganization, ex-workers and friends of  Triesteradio  meet themselves yearly once again to stay toghter.

Thanks to R/O Giancarlo D’Italia: during last years he wrote the little book ‘IQX short history’: he resumed photos and informations from old officemates, and from his personal experience, where i got most part of these informations, besides my own personal remembers.


Radio Officers Ennio A. Di Tomaso c/s IV3EAD



Special MRD station – Saint Lys Radio c/s FFL

Dear Sparks,

OM Gerard during the next MRD will be active with callsign TM2FFL to remember the Great coast radio station of St. Lys.

Article FFL

Who do not remember the phone loop of St. Lys?…This is the last message on SSB.


MRD crew

Special MRD station – Rome Radio c/s IAR

Dear Sparks,

Radio Officers Salvatore BASSO, radio operator at Rome Radio IAR, during the next MRD will be active with callsign IR0IAR to celebrate the main Italian coast radio station. Today Rome Radio is still active in the GMDSS service and Italian coast radio stations are remote controlled by IAR.


MRD crew