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by Carola DeRooy
Archivist, C.A. & Museum Collections Manager
Point Reyes National Seashore
As we mentioned in Newsletter No. 30 we have the wonderful good luck to work with the professional archivists at the Point Reyes National Seashore, operating under the baton of Carola DeRooy, For this issue Carola writes:
RCA made several notable contributions to marine radio communications in 1934. A new service was the "Sea Letter Telegram, "by which a person aboard ship could send a message which was forwarded from the coastal station to the addressee by first class or special delivery mail at the option of the sender. The service supplemented the regular radiogram service of Radiomarine Corporation of America which in 1934 maintained and operated sixteen coastal stations on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, Great Lakes and the Gulf including the Point Reyes Station.
Here's an example of an addressed Sea Letter Telegram (SLT prefix in a radiogram):
For more information about the extensive radio collections in the Point Reyes National Seashore Museum please contact park Archivist, Carola DeRooy at 415-464-5125 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Operations Report -
by Richard Dillman
> International Marconi Day
The big news for the Operations Department - for all of us really - is that we will have our receive site at the original Marconi receiving station for International Marconi Day 2013. I case you missed it the full details are at the beginning of this Newsletter. But I'll take a moment here to invite everyone to the event. And if you can't make it maybe you can give us a buzz on the air.
> 30 March Report
I signed in on watch at 1940Z. The Maintenance Department was on the scene as reported above.
As many know, we have a land line TTY order wire between the receive and transmit sites. We have a Model 28KSR at RS and a Model 15 at BL. We figure this must be the last such link still operating. Anyone know of others? We've been having a spot of bother with the order wire when we first begin the day's operations at RS. The copy as seen on the Model 28 is often garbled with overstrikes. The keyboard and printer are separate in our arrangement. The print seen at the RS end when a message is typed actually loops through BL and comes back to the RS printer. After a while the problem disappears. The tone sets used for the circuit at the RS are on all the time and they're transistorized to boot. So they're not warming up. The ones at BL are turned off when we leave. So maybe the problem is there. Further investigation is needed.
Conditions appeared to be poor on all bands. But at 2148Z Dean Sever of W8IM came up with his usual excellent signal report for KSM. OMs Shaefer at W3SW and Sinclair at K6ETM (Virginia) also came through with their reports. Thanks, Guys.
Operations were normal. The traffic list went out at 2100Z and high seas weather at 2130Z. Sadly, no ships called.
The closing message was sent at 2302Z after which the transmitters at Bolinas were shut down and Luigi was taken for a walk at North Beach.
> 6 April Report
We began the day as usual at the Bolinas transmitter site for Services of the Church of the Continuous Wave. Antenna maintenance is a constant chore at a station of this size. The Transmitter Department recently identified yet more transmitting antennas that are down or need repair. So we called upon Nick Whitney of the Pacific Slope Tree Cooperative to survey the situation. Nick and his crew are tree guys, not antenna guys. But they immediately understood the task and have done great work for us. See Newsletter No. 23 for a report and photos of their previous work at the site.
I departed for RS at about 1100LT as usual and signed on watch at RS at 1853Z
The KSM phone rang (+1 415-669-9646) and I immediately checked my scanning receivers, worried that I might once again not be scanning properly (see the Ops Report in Newsletter No, 30). But no, all looked good. It was actually a rom OM Tom Van Buskirk, calling from club station W2GSB of the Great South Bay (Long Island) Amateur Radio Club. Seems he and the boys were hanging out at the club house and idly tuning around when they heard the KSM 22Mc signal pounding in.
They checked the Web site, found our number and rang us up. We had a fine chat. When I mentioned that K6KPH guards 21050kc in addition to our other frequencies OM Tom rattled the key at W2GSB and gave us a call at 2008Z.
This was a particularly nice contact for me as I grew up on Long Island and knwe exactly where they were transmitting from.
At 2139Z OM Dean came up on 21Mc at the key of W8IM with his usual professional signal report for KSM.
At the beginning of the shift BL advised via the order wire that transmitter A7 (500kc/426kc) was out of service. We actually noted some anomalies with that transmitter while I was still at BL. But now it was solidly off line. As usual Steve Hawes threw himself into the breach to get the transmitter back on line, enlisting my help to key the transmitter while he was standing in front of it to observe. While it still isn't clear what exactly is going on and there were some "welcome to KPH" moments A7 was returned to service at 2039Z, in plenty of time for the traffic list.
The traffic list went out at 2100Z and the high seas weather at 2130Z with no problems.
Sadly, there were no calls from ships.
Until next time we wish you fair winds and following seas.
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