DL6MLA/MM from 3th August until 22nd August

Dear Sparks,

our colleague R/O Karl Schmidt reported his next /MM activity with following message:

will be qrv on board of MV ” Henneke Rambow/DDVQ2″ for 3 weeks. We sail for a round trip from Hamburg to several ports in Europe and Africa.

Sailing schedule:

Hamburg (ETS 3.8.) -Rotterdam-Tilbury-Tenerife-Las Palmas-Agadir-Casablanca-Huelva-Setubal-Tilbury-Rotterdam-Hamburg (ETA 22.8.)




I hope for some QSOs, best regards from Magdeburg

73 de ex R/O Karl

The hard life on board an oceanic fishing trawler

Winds of 150 km / h, high waves like buildings of five Floors, the sea that smokes and turns white: an unbearable universe for any landowner. A team of Thalassa shared the life of the crew of the “Drake”, a trawler of 55 meters.
Between Scotland and the Ferce Islands, these men are in the heart of one of the zones in the world The most exposed to gales and waves. (In the clip some moments in the radioroom)





RSGB IOTA Contest: 29-30 July 2017

The RSGB IOTA Contest, using the Islands on the Air concept, was created in 1993. This is now a major international event, attracting thousands of participants from all over the world. Radio Amateurs will be travelling to islands around the globe, and putting them on the air, making contacts with other islands and with those who are chasing islands.

Contest bands are 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m, both CW and phone. The duration is 24 hours, starting at 12:00 UTC on Saturday (1 p.m. UK time). Stations send a signal report and serial number, with stations on islands sending their IOTA reference number, described below.

The IOTA Contest is based on the RSGB Islands on the Air awards programme which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The IOTA idea was conceived in 1964 by British short wave listener Geoff Watts (SK), who imagined that those of us who live in crowded cities would love to set up a station on a sunny beach among palm trees. This prospect is appealing to Radio Amateurs, even if the island in question might not be further away from the UK mainland than the Isle of Wight!

Geoff realised that there were too many islands in the world to enumerate, so he grouped together islands, particularly when they were small. In the IOTA programme numbers are allocated to each group using a continental prefix. The basic IOTA award requires contacts with 100 islands and groups including at least one from each continent. Entrants can obtain award credit for QSOs made in the RSGB IOTA Contest.






Dear Sparks,

following reported by OM John DAVIES G4ETQ:

I have just wrkd Gunter, DH6ARM/MM on J3E, 14.320 MHz.  RST 5/8.
Name of vessel: MV  MARMAKIRA
Ship Callsign: V2CJ9
MMSI: 305024000
Position: North sea. 55.34N, 04.41E
TR: Bound Rotterdam from North Norway.
Good watch, gone lee.
dh6arm mm

Radio Caroline on Amateurs bands c/s GB5RC

Dear Sparks,

our Friend John G4ETQ is sending since some days updates about the coming activation of M/V “ROSS REVENGE” the ship from which “Radio Caroline” is still “ON THE AIR” both Webradio and on Medium Waves.

Please read the following report with the details of the next activation:

Celebrating five decades of offshore radio broadcasting


Thursday 3rd – Monday 7th August 2017

*** For a full report of GB5RC 2016, click here ***

Following our successful activation of MV Ross Revenge in August 2016 we are very excited to be able to run the special event station again in 2017.  The Ross Revenge has been the home of the world famous Radio Caroline since 1983.  To find out more about our 2016 activation, please click here.

Our plan is similar to last year, however we will be on the Ross a day early, heading out and setting up on Thursday 3rd August with plans to start operating either on the evening of the 3rd or the morning of Friday the 4th.  We will operate two stations throughout the weekend, closing down in the early hours of Monday morning, grabbing a few hours sleep and then dismantling everything after a leisurely breakfast before leaving around lunchtime.

We will have two stations operating for as much as possible and this year we will be concentrating on 80m, 40m and 20m with the option to retune the 20m vertical for 17m, 15m, 12m and 10m if conditions are favourable.  These bands weren’t very successful in 2016 so we’d rather stick where there’s the most activity.  We will have dipoles for 80m and 40m and verticals for 40m and 20m.  We may have something for VHF/UHF but we struggled on there last year due to interference from the solar panels whenever the sun shone!

For more details on GB5RC in 2017, please click here

Special Event Station for Radio Caroline, located on board M/V Ross Revenge
Blackwater Estuary, Bradwell-on-Sea



S Neptun3[2]


Dear Sparks,

following /MM activity reported by OM John DAVIES – G4ETQ:

I just wrkd Regin on M/V STRIL NEPTUN, an Offshore Supply ship in the North sea at  56.32N, 003.3E.
Working J3E on 7.122 and 5.371.5. RST 59 here on both frequencies.
Listen out John/G4ETQ.

Night of Nigths a report from England

Dear Sparks,

following report and audio files by OM John DAVIES – G4ETQ:

Poor propagation from K6KPH in Truro, Cornwall, but listening through the WebSDR receiver located at Half Moon Bay, California, K6KPH was RST 599.
Heard attached sound files of him sending V’s and CQ’ing at 2200GMT.
Listening out, John/G4ETQ
First audio file recorded in Cornwall:

IQ6NE Special Activation from Fishing Museum of Martinsicuro

The ARI Club of Nereto, on the 14th, 15th, 16th July and 4th, 5th and 6th August will activate, with callsign IQ6NE (SSB and CW), the Martinsicuro Fishing Museum. On the seafront of the same town on 23rd July will be organized the “ 7th Exposition of the Vintage Radio”. About CW frequencies on 40 meters the station will be active between 7020.0 and 7025.0 kHz and on 20 meters on 14052.0 kHz


Reproduction of an oceanic trawler wheelhouse


Reproduction of fishing nets used by trawlers on high seas


Coastal fishing nets


Radio equipments for MF, HF communications and FAX receiver


Sailor radio gears and IRME receiver (UP) for MF communications


Historic Maritime Coast radio Stations will be on the Air on July 12 for “Night of Nights XVIII”

Here’s all the time, station and frequency information for Night of Nights XVIII..

Date: Wednesday 12 July 2017 Pacific Daylight Time

Location: RCA receiving station, 17400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes National Seashore

Time: Doors open at 3:00pm pdt, first transmission 5:01pm pdt (0001gmt 13 July)

Light refreshments: Served

Photographs: Encouraged

Tours: Given (Whisper that you’re  True Believer for a special tour of the Treasure Room)

None of this would have been possible without the trust and vision of the Point Reyes National Seashore.  The only reason these facilities were spared the bulldozer that visited all the others is that they are on park land.  And the only reason they have been restored to operation is that the PRNS staff understood their importance and trusted the MRHS to restore them to life.

We will send last minute changes and signal reports by Twitter.  You can join Twitter free at:


and follow us at @Radiomarine

MRHS Stations

Eighteen  transmitters will be on the air from the MRHS transmitter site in Bolinas! That doesn’t include transmitters held in ready reserve in case of failure.  Members of the crack MRHS Transmitter Department and the H Set Team will be on hand to assure that all goes well.

Former KPH operator Rick Wahl during a previous Night of Nights event

Former KPH operator Rick Wahl during a previous Night of Nights event

> KPH:

Frequency            Transmitter                  Antenna

500/426                Henry MF-5000D        Marconi T
4247.0                  RCA K Set                  Double Extended Zepp
6477.5                  RCA K Set                  Double Extended Zepp
8642.0                  RCA L Set                  Double Extended Zepp
12808.5                RCA L Set                  H over 2
17016.8                RCA L Set                  H over 2
22477.5                RCA H Set                 H over 2

The restoration of the H set has been chronicled in past issues of the Newsletter.  It will return to revenue service for the first time in decades for Night of Nights.  NOTE: Broadcasts including commemorative messages, weather, traffic lists, etc., will be sent via KPH only.  KFS will send the station identification “wheel” on all HF channels when not working ships.


Frequency            Transmitter                     Antenna

500                      Henry MF5000D             Marconi T
6365.6                 Henry HF5000D              Double extended Zepp
12695.5               Press Wireless PW15   H over 2

17026.0               Henry HF5000D              H over 2

22581.5               Henry HF5000D              H over 2

K6KPH ops will monitor the frequencies below as propagation and the number of available operators permit. K6KPH will be open for signal reports, traffic or general contacts.  Give us a buzz.

Frequency           Transmitter                    Antenna

3550.0                 Henry HF-5000D           Double Extended Zepp
7050.0                 RCA L Set                     Double Extended Zepp
14050.0               Henry HF-5000D           H over 2
18097.5               Henry HF-5000D           H over 2
21050.0               Henry HF-5000D           H over 2


> Reception Reports
Reception reports and verification requests for the MRHS stations listed above may be sent to:

Maritime Radio Historical Society
PO Box 392
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Note: Self addressed stamped envelopes would be greatly appreciated!  Please, no “green stamps”.

> Station Telephone

The receive site may be contacted by phone on 415-669-9646 (answered only when the station is on the air)


USCG Stations

Many USCG personnel at all levels are responsible for bringing these stations back on the air for Night of Nights XVIII.  We want to particularly thank ET1 Mike Leska for taking the lead for this year’s project.

> NMC (Transmit Bolinas, Receive Pt. Reyes)

Frequency            Transmitter                         Antenna

448.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6           173′ monopole tower
500.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6           173′ monopole tower
6383.0                  Rockwell-Collins RT-2200  Omni-directional
8574.0                  Rockwell-Collins RT-2200  Omni-directional
17220.5                Rockwell-Collins RT-2200  Omni-directional

>>==> We have just received a flash message stating that NMN will not be on the air for Night of Nights XVIII

> NMN – Chesapeake, VA




NOTE: The presence of NMN on CW is a very big deal and a technical challenge.  NMN will be remote controlled from NMC.  Big thanks to ET1 Mike Leska without whom the entire USCG Night of Nights operation would not be possible.

NOTE regarding NMC/NMQ/NMW MF transmissions.  Only one MF transmitter will be in service at each station.  Morse transmissions will be made on an as-available basis from each station as USCG operators must also accommodate scheduled NAVTEX transmissions.

> NMQ (Transmit Cambria, CA, Receive and Control Pt. Reyes)

Frequency            Transmitter                  Antenna

448.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Inverted L
500.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Inverted L


> NMW (Transmit Astoria, OR, Receive and Control Pt. Reyes)

Frequency            Transmitter                   Antenna

448.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Capacitive top hat
500.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Capacitive top hat

> Reception Reports

Reception reports and verification requests for the USCG stations listed above may be sent to:

ET1 Mike Leska

ESD Ketchikan – QSL

1300 Steadman St

Ketchikan, AK 99901


Note: Self addressed stamped envelopes would be greatly appreciated!  Please, no “green stamps”.

> Shipcom Station WLO

We are sorry to report that Shipcom station WLO will be unable to participate in Night of Nights XVIII.

> Calling Channels

All commercial and USCG stations listed above will listen for calls from ships on 500kc and on ITU Channel 3 HF:


Listen on these frequencies if you want to copy both sides of ship to shore contacts.

  > Commemorative Messages

Was your father, uncle or grand dad a commercial op or amateur operator?  Would you like to send a commemorative message in their honor over KPH?  We have sent several of these messages in past events and they were all very moving.  If you would like us to send such a message this year please send it to us no later than Wednesday 9 July pdt so we can be sure to include it.  Sent it to info@radiomarine.org

We look forward to meeting you in person or on the air for N of N XVIII.

Questions?  Need more info?  Just shoot an email to info@radiomarine.org


VY 73,






Dear Sparks,

following reported by our friend John DAVIES – G4ETQ:

I have just wrkd DL0CUX/MM on CW [7.028]. The ELBE1 lightship. They are /MM. “at sea” in the Baltic at this time. QRD Cuxhaven.
Name of vessel: Burgermeister O’swald. MMSI: 218004000
[ In the past I have been on board this fine museum ship when she came all the way down to Cornwall ]
Good watch, Gone lee.
DL0CUX elbi1[1]