US warship collides with Japanese tug in latest incident

BBC News – 8 hours ago

A US warship has sustained minor damage after a collision with a Japanese tug off central Japan, the US Navy says.

The commercial tug lost propulsion and drifted into the guided-missile destroyer, the USS Benfold, during a towing exercise in Sagami Bay.

“No one was injured on either vessel,” the US Navy says, adding that an investigation is under way.

This is the latest in a series of incidents involving US warships in recent months.

In a statement, the US Navy says the warship “sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side”.

“Benfold remains at sea under her own power. The Japanese commercial tug is being towed by another vessel to a port in Yokosuka.”

In August, 10 US sailors were killed when the USS John S McCain collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore.

In June, seven US sailors died in a collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship in Japanese waters near the port city of Yokosuka.

In May, a guided-missile cruiser collided with a South Korean fishing vessel, while in January another cruiser ran aground near the fleet base in Yokosuka.

The US has recently announced a series of reforms aimed at increasing naval skills and alertness at sea.




US Naval Weather Service: Story of a Storm 1972 US Navy

Dear Sparks,

from youtube channel: Jeff Quitney repropose a very interesting videos about old systems used to supply WX to Mariners:

Burl Ives narrates a film describing how the Navy Weather Service helps Navy and cargo ships to avoid adverse weather conditions. The Navy’s Weather Central. Includes classic fax machine, satellite and radar footage, and a row of Control Data Model 607 Magnetic Tape Drives.

US Navy film MN-11138




Abandoned maritime coast station in the arctic area

Article by OM Marcin MARCINIAK – SP5XMI

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As many of us know, coast stations were spread all over the world, including very remote areas. One of them was Uyedinenya Island/UCV. The station was built during the Cold War period especially for polar weather observation and signal intelligence. It was built with standard Russian setup then upgraded to main maritime shortwave transmitter KORVET („КОРВЕТ” – a corvette) with medium wave transmitter Musson-2 („МУССОН-2” – a monsoon) and two Shtorm (Шторм – a storm) receivers.

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There was also older Yorsh-R (Ёрш-Р – a ruffe) CW transmitter with famous R-250M receiver, probably used for signal intelligence rather than for general receiving. The station used also a Tembr ( Тембр – timbre) tape deck. The receivers and transmitter remote control panels were built into standard 4U console, quite popular on the other side of the pond as well. And the maritime radio clock of course was there.

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UCV wasn’t a busy station but it used to send some important messages regarding weather observations and could relay messages from vessels. As far as I was told, the station had its own traffic list during the busiest days.
In November 1996 the supply of fuel for the station’s diesels almost ran out and the operators sent a lot of telegrams asking for resupply. On 26th of November 1996 all the people were evacuated by a helicopter with only small personal luggage. Nobody lives there, the station is abandoned. All the equipment remained on site. It is probably damaged but some amateurs think it’s possible to repair it. The island is closed as a natural reserve, only automated weather station powered from nuclear thermal generator sends digital information via a satellite. The callsign UCV is used at Okhotsk station UCV-2 that broadcasts Navtex info on 518kcs in NAVAREA XIII.

The Russian radio amateurs organized great expedition to remote and abandoned arctic islands in 2001. The movie can be seen here:
– the UCV part starts from 29:27. I think the whole movie is worth watching. Have a free hour to watch it. Movie is in English with subtitles when Russian language is spoken.
And as a bonus – there is one QSO with aircraft mobile station and one with one very famous ham from VK. Watch the movie to hear it.

The pictures are taken from the movie.





In the occasion of Marconian Events the INORC (Italian Naval Old Rythmers Club) recalls the Atlantic cruise made by Italian Royal Cruiser “CARLO ALBERTO”   from October up to December 1902. On board, Guglielmo Marconi out of Azores Islands made experiments of transmission and reception on Morse code and Voice. The Cruiser “CARLO ALBERTO” was built in the Royal shipyard of La Spezia and entered service on 1 May 1898 until 1921. Displacment 6832 Tons, LOA 105.7 meters and large 18 meters, Draft 7.5 meters, STEAM PROPULSION fitted with 8 Boilers. Two propellers, Maximum speed 19.5 knots, crew 486 men. The “CARLO ALBERTO” was the first Italian war ship on which were installed, under supervision of Guglielmo Marconi, the Wireless System with  “DETECTOR SYSTEM” invented by the same Marconi.

Detector magnetico del tipo utilizzato sulla Carlo Alberto nel 1902

detector used on board Cruiser “CARLO ALBERTO”

“CARLO ALBERTO”, made many dimostrative cruises toward BRAZIL URUGUAY AND COLOMBIA. Two were the most celebrated , the first one in ENGLAND, on 10 July 1902, for the Coronation  of King EDOARDO VII and the other one in the Gulf of Finland (SAINT PETERSBURG) on 12 July 1902, where from the Island of KRONSTADT, with the presence of Italian King Vittorio Emanuele III, Guglielmo Marconi Meets the Zar Nicolay II showing him the capability of the radio to make radiotelegraphic connections over far distances entering in contact with Poldhu on a distance of 2,600 Kilometers.


reception of messages in the Gulf of Finland on board “CARLO ALBERTO”

The speciall callsign used during the Event will be IQ1NM/CA

from 12 up to 24 November




soviet trawlers

The Russian Trawlers

Dear Sparks,

many of us know that Russia trough the history of past century, when we called her Soviet Union, owned the large fishing fleet of the planet employed in all seas of the world in all seasons, many of these trawlers passed to the history as spies ships due to the large antenna systems observed but until the end of Cold War no images came us of russian ship’s radio rooms and many of us, during our past at sea, had not chance to stay on board a russian vessel visiting the radio station; nowadays thanks to internet we can catch some videos and pictures of these unknown ships and their radio stations. Surifing the web I found the following youtube clips recorded, I suppose for promotional duty, the fishing vessel owned to “Fedor Krainov” Class, was one of the largest one, ship was built in 1967 and remained in service since 1998, during the video are showed various aspect of life on board including some minutes in the radio room where the glory of USSR R/O’s is well represented by the very fast operator you can see, if some russian friends have more informations about these ships they are very welcome and shared on this website. In the clip the radio room it is showed starting from minute 4:31 but I suggest you to watch the entire clip, it is a very rare piece of history: