Fortieth Anniversary of the MS Prinsedam Rescue at Sea

David J. Ring, Jr., N1EA, writes on Facebook on October 4, 2020:   The hand of God watched over them and a miracle happened, 40 years ago tonight.   I was woken up by auto alarm bells from the SOS of the burning luxury liner MS PRINSENDAM / PJTA as my ship was sailing southward from Valdez, Alaska on Prince William Sound. When the burning ship lost main and emergency generators, their radio officer told me to take over and I sent out three additional DDD SOS DDD (MAYDAY RELAY) calls.   The FCC in Washington reported over 350 ship …

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WBØIXV: “Morse Code 101 and 201” at Billerica ARS, October 7, 2020

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on the Billerica Amateur Radio Society‘s website: Folks, I am very happy to announce we will have a distant guest speaker for our Zoom meeting [on October 7, 2020 at 7 PM]. A few weeks ago, I was thinking about trying to promote CW in our club and introduce it to members who have never tried it. Google gave me a path to David O’Farrell’s presentations Morse Code 101 and 201. Dave was first licensed as KN7YXO in 1963 (at 15). He was a telegraph operator for the Northern Pacific Railway, holds Amateur Extra and Commercial …

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On This Date in 1840: Samuel Morse Receives Patent for “Morse code” System

On this date in 1840, Samuel Morse received a patent for his “Morse code” system. Morse was a painter, originally. He also studied photography with Louis Daguerre in France, and brought the new technology to America, where he opened a photographic studio in New York City. He became interested in telegraphy after he failed in his bid to become the mayor of New York. During a demonstration of one of his early telegraph machines, he met Alfred Vail, a young mechanical engineer. Vail was fascinated by the telegraph, and he convinced Morse to bring him aboard as an assistant. Vail helped Morse work …

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Bruce Blain, K1BG: “CW Academy,” Billerica ARS, August 7, 2019

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on w1hh.org: I am very pleased to announce that Bruce is returning to speak again at [the Billerica Amateur Radio Society], this time about CW Academy. Many BARS members use and enjoy CW. If you have never tried it, please attend this session and see what is possible for you! Did I just lose half my  audience? I dearly hope not. If you have only used voice your whole ham experience, you are missing out. I promise you will find this talk interesting. Please come and hear why people love operating using Morse code, and the …

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New England Sci-Tech Introductory Morse Code Class, Natick, Begins June 29, 2019

Are you interested in learning Morse code?  Have you heard it on the air or as part of a movie? Learn to copy and send all the letters, numbers, punctuation, and pro-signs in only eight weeks. Register for an introductory Morse code class at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick. Saturday mornings, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. starting June 29, 2019. Dates: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17. Full details at https://www.nescitech.org/product/introductory-morse-code-class/.  

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