Event for Italian Coast Radio Station “TRAPANI RADIO” c/s IQM

Dear Sparks,

I report below the News about the coming activation with special callsign of the Italian Coast Radio Station TRAPANI RADIO.

The U.R.I. (Italian Radioamateur Association) club of Trapani to celebrate the history of TRAPAI RADIO/IQM will acivate special callsign II9IQM from the 23rd until 30th June.

The history of TRAPANI RADIO c/s IQM

It is assumed that in the first decade of the last century, a group of private individuals set up in this city a center for maritime commercial radio communications, which acted as a bridge between the mainland and ships in transit in the sea spectrum in front of northwestern Sicily . The first location was installed near the industrial area, on the turret where the Licari company stands today. Towards the Fascist period the coastal station was transferred to the Villa Nasi in the Lazzaretto area, and subsequently absorbed by the Ministry of Post and Telegraphic and Telephone Communications, with an allocation placed in the same central office within the Post Office building, still functioning today. The coastal station of Trapani radio, international callsign India Quebec Mike; after the last world war, he had his final arrangement in the Ronciglio area, as shown in the photo above the article, until the termination of the service, which took place in December 1993, when the administration passed to the Telecom group Italy, and therefore the suppression of the analog system replaced by the automated one. All the radio operators, employees of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, were transferred to the post offices with the duties of the desk clerk. For about 70 years, during the existence of the coastal station, had all its professional splendor, thanks to the ability of the staff in service, which guaranteed 24 hours the safety and the safety of human life at sea, on frequencies and on pre-established bands assigned by the International Telecommunications Union. It carried out radio traffic in VHF on channel 16 (corresponding frequency 156,800 MHZ) for emergency assistance (MAY PAN) and security (SECURITE ‘) assistance while carrying out commercial traffic on channel 25, (corresponding frequency 161.850 MHZ) to carry out requests for radiotelephony conversations to and from ships in transit within a radius of about 100 nautical miles. The coastal station, at certain pre-established times, in principle 3 times a day, spread the weather report, notice to sailors and storms, dictation radiotelegrams, and became the protagonist during the rescue operations to ships in difficulty, often entered in operational support to the Port Authority, through the repetition of messages in order to make communication more efficient, having a strategic geographical location. The same service was carried out on the medium wave band, on the international call and distress frequency 2182 KHZ and on the working frequency 1848 KHZ, a frequency that today falls within the band portion assigned for amateur radio activity. The medium waves (1605 khz 4000 khz) covered considerable distances; usually a ship when it lapped the shores of Gibraltar, was certain to be heard, the same if the ship was on the opposite side of the Mediterranean, once crossed the coasts of Greece, at the height of the island of Zakynthos, was able to carry out the radiotelephone service in stock directed towards crew members. 25 years have passed since its definitive closure, to us local radio-amateurs, the pride of organizing a worthy commemoration, reporting the city of Trapani, at the dawn of a time now buried in oblivion, in order to make echoing, at least the knowledge in citizens, that the coastal station of Trapani radio, carried out a benevolent service, and is to be counted in history, among the important things lived, which can be placed on the patrimony and heritage of humanity.
Sec. U.R.I. IQ9QV

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Trapani Radio / IQM





Coltano Radio…a dream is becoming reality

Dear Sparks,

the first international radio center built in Italy by Guglielmo MARCONI has been COLTANO RADIO, it was a multifunctional radio center served the fixed radiotelegraphic service and the beginning of radiocommunications at sea. Coltano is located near the famous town of Pisa well known for the “miracles square”. Unfortunately since the end of the II WW the structures existing in the old radio center and the antenna systems have been completely abandoned. After big pressures arrived to the Government several months ago the big project for recovering the Radio Center started, the BIGGEST SOS has been launched by Pincess Elettra who expressed Her regrets for the conditions of Coltano where Her father built the first Italian International Radio Station.

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Troubling US Navy review finds widespread shortfalls in basic seamanship


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WASHINGTON — A three-month internal review conducted by senior U.S. surface fleet leaders found some or significant concerns with the ship handling skills of nearly 85 percent of its junior officers, and that many struggled to react decisively to extricate their ship from danger when there was an immediate risk of collision, according to an internal message obtained by Defense News.

Led by the Surface Warfare Officer School, officer of the deck competency checks were conducted on a random selection of OOD-qualified first-tour division officers (the newest officers in the fleet) in underway bridge navigation simulators fleet-wide between January and March. Of the 164 officers who were evaluated, only 27 passed with “no concerns.” Another 108 completed with “some concerns,” and 29 had “significant concerns,” according to the message, which was released by the Navy’s top surface warfare officer Vice Adm. Richard Brown.

Brown, who leads Naval Surface Force Pacific, termed the results “sobering.”

The evaluations raise distressing questions about the level of ship handling training junior officers get both prior to their arrival at their first command and when they arrive. In a Tuesday interview with Defense News at the Pentagon, Brown said the checks would be used to inform new training in development for young officers and that changes were already underway that show the Navy is serious about self-assessment and improvement in the wake of the twin disasters that claimed the lives of 17 sailors last summer.

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Special Event callsigns GB0GKA, GB0GKB and GB0GKC

From Radio Officer Larry BENNET:

The special event callsigns GB0GKA, GB0GKB and GB0GKC will be active during July.

The stations commemorate 90 years since the establishment of Portishead Radio, which commenced operations in July 1928 when the UK’s GPO (General Post Office) moved their HF maritime transmitter site from Devizes to Portishead.

The three stations will be operated by ex-GKA Radio Officers from the following locations:

GB0GKA – Tiverton, Devon from the QTH of Tony/G3ZRJ

GB0GKB – Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset from the QTH of Larry/G4HLN

GB0GKC – Weston-super-Mare from the QTH of Pete/G3TJE

Further details will be available during June.