The [Uncommon Service to Naval Radio] Group, NE1PL, will be operating today on the USS Massachusetts–two HF stations and one 2-meter station on the Massasoit Amateur Radio Association’s repeater, 147.180, PL 67, from 1000-1600. Come on the air and give us a shout.
The USS Cassin Young, WW2DD, will be among the museum ship stations on the air for Museum Ships Weekend. Mike Rioux, W1USN, and Bob Reiser, AA1M, will activate the famous Fletcher-class destroyer, DD-793. According to Wikipedia, the Cassin Young served as a part of the Fast Carrier Task Force. On April 28, 1944, this force sortied for air attacks on Japanese strongholds at Truk, Woleai, Satawan, and Ponape, during which Cassin Young operated as a picket ship, assigned to warn her group of possible enemy counterattack. The ship is on permanent loan to the National Park Service. She is berthed at the Boston Navy Yard, part of the Boston National Historical Park in Charlestown.
Henry Brown, K1WCC, plans to activate the German Seehund Midget Submarine U-5075 as WW2MAN. According to its QRZ page, the Seehund is located at the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum Massachusetts Military Research Center in Quincy. Seehund means “seal.” It was the most successful of several German attempts to perfect a midget submarine. Operated by two men and carrying two underslung torpedoes, the Seehund was used very effectively in the waning months of World War II, sinking over 120,000 tons of allied shipping.
Rick Emord, KB1TEE and crew will be activating the USS Massachusetts from Battleship Cove in Fall River using the callsign NE1PL. The USS Massachusetts (BB-59), known as “Big Mamie” to her crew members during World War II, was a battleship of the second South Dakota class. She was the seventh ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the sixth state, and one of two ships of her class (along with her sister Alabama) to be donated for use as a museum ship. Massachusetts has the distinction of having fired the US Navy’s first and last 16-inch (406 mm) shells of the war.
Watch for all of these ships on the Cluster.
You can check out the current list of ships/museums on their website – http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/
The WCC Amateur Radio Association (WA1WCC) will be QRV for Maritime Radio Day, from 1200 UTC April 14 to 2200 UTC April 15. According to the club’s web site, “multiple ex-WCC and USCG radio operators will be on the air at WCC.”
“As of today there are now 106 ships/museums listed as active participants and the K1USN Radio Club will join them for the Museum Ships Weekend beginning Friday evening, June 2 at 0000 UTC (8:00 PM EDT). Check out the list here – http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/
“We want to be on the air as much as possible during the entire 48-hour weekend event. Operators are needed to help keep [K1USN’s] three HF stations on the air. Please let me know if you are available to spend some time during the weekend. Remember that K1USN was the originator of this fantastic operating event that is now sponsored by the crew onboard the Battleship New Jersey. They have done a wonderful job promoting this event and continue to issue special certificates to stations that manage to work 15 participants during the weekend.
“I wish to remind everyone that Museum Ships Weekend is NOT an actual contest. There will be operating time available for operators with all skill levels. Due to the large number of anticipated contacts (1000+ in 2017) we do all logging using N1MM+ logging software. It’s quite simple to use and we will be happy to offer instructions.”
Additionally, look for other local museum ship stations on the bands:
- Mike Rioux, W1USN and Bob Reiser, AA1M plan to activate the USS Cassin Young, WW2DD, in the Boston Navy Yard in Charlestown.
- Henry Brown, K1WCC, plans to activate a German Seehund, or “midget” submarine, WW2MAN, the Seehund U-5075 Amateur Radio Association in Quincy.
- Rick Emord, KB1TEE and crew will activate the USS Massachusetts from Battleship Cove using the callsigns NE1PL and N1EPL at Battleship Cove, Fall River. [See also: NE1PL QRV for Museum Ships on the Air, USS Massachusetts, June 1-3, 2018]
- The historic Essex-built schooner, the Evelina M. Goulart may be activated by Jim Hurd, W1LDL as W1E in Essex.
“Whitey” Doherty, K1VV writes:
Maritime Radio Day is held annually to remember the nearly 90 years of wireless service for seafarers. Since its beginning in 1900, Maritime Radio was in use mainly until the end of 1999.
The MRD is open to all Amateur Radio Stations. Special stations (like Coastal radios and ship’s call signs) can participate to the MRD only if operated by former Commercial or Navy operators, or by radio technicians who worked in the installation and/or maintenance of naval equipments.
If you are a former Merchant Marine Radio Operator or former ship’s Electronic Technician please subscribe to this event automatically trough the following website http://www.mrd.
We must to push many colleagues to take part at our yearly Event, last year like in the past edition there has been a massive participation with many colleagues not included in the list of participants and it has been a very nice surprise against any prevision. There are still many Countries not reached by information about our Event and from U.S.A. and Far East – Unfortunately – still very few stations. Radio Officers are the men spent their lives in front a receiver watching 500 kHz and sending messages of any kind, our Category has gone but we know many aspects of radio waves and we cannot refuse to look forward to confirm the radio is still alive and in good health, the problem perhaps is another, there are many reasons to kill the radio and they are not properly justified by true facts but only using the famous word “OBSOLETE” we hear everyday and everywhere for promoting the consumption of technological toys such as Smartphones, iPhones, Tablets and so on.
Morse Code, the main language used by Radio Officers on ships and at shore, has been the sole international language that granted for a century radio communications at sea, nowadays used by many amateurs radio needs to be protected against the interference due to Hi-tech products and web communications, the Radio World is made at first of Morse communications and the code is easy to learn also if the tendency is to send and receive Morse with computer… the worst way to take practice of the code, the code is not a digital mode it is a “very special human way” to establish a communication between two points of the earth with no wires and no computer, just a small, old and used radio and a wire dipole or at least a piece of wire.
Rules, Procedure and Certificate of partecipation
All traffic must to be done around the following International Naval Frequencies on Amateur Radio Bands (morse code)
The Main working frequency is 14052 kHz plus or minus some kc/s. The WARC bands are NOT USED for MRD with exception of 30 meters band.
SPECIAL ADVICE FOR DX MRD STATIONS:
To give everyone a fair chance of having a QSO during the MRD, and because 14052 kHz is the most common calling frequency, it is suggested that we have a small band edge from 14055 to 14058 kHz for DX and QRP stations. It is also suggested that instead of calling CQ in “Contest Mode”, we give adequate time for weaker stations to be heard and listen especially for DX contacts.
So please use the band suggested as watching band reserved to radio stations in far distances.
– Date: 14th April 12.00 GMT 15th April 22.00 GMT
– Bands: 160m, 80m, 40m, 30 m, 20m, 15m & 10m
– Mode: CW only
– Power: not limited
– QSO: Exchange QSA, QRK, name, callsign of last or favorite ship / aircraft / maintance company QSA 1 .. 5, strength of receive signal QRK 1 .. 5, readability and additionally a tr, msg and/or a qtc if you like
– Silence Periods: need no longer be observed
– Deadline for submission of MRD logs is 1st of May.
– Certificate of participation ( CoP): SWL’s – send a complete log to be able to verify qso data by selection. Licenced operators – send a postcard / letter or e-mail with number of QSOs with – ship stations – coast stations – special stations – other Amateurs contacted. Send your application with data and your email address to : Rolf MarschnerNarzissenweg 10 53359 RheinbachGermanyor via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgCertificate is only available by e-mail!
– QSL cards: Each participant manages their own QSL cards. There is no QSL manager.
– General Comment: Coastal radios and ship’s callsigns should be operated only by former Commercial or Navy operators and from radio technicians who worked in the brand of installation and in the maintenance of coastal and ship’s radios equipments and antennas.
“Procedure” Example QSO :
cq mrd cq mrd cq mrd de dl9cm dl9cm dl9cm k
dl9cm de ik6ijf gm rolf QSA5 QRK 5 hr is alfredo shipname/icjr or last ship was icjr k
ik6ijf de dl9cm gm alfredo QSA 5 QRK 5 op rolf shipname/dlcm or last ship was dlcm ik6ijf de dl9cm tnx 73 .-.- or put details in a telegram like this : Origin nr xx ck zz date time = address = qsa x qrk y shipname call = signature+ or similar.
The above are only examples . You may send different content, but the least you must include are QSA, name, ship’s call sign or progressive number if you are only amateur! To subscribe free your participation at the next Maritime Radio Day send an e-mail to R/O Rolf MARSCHNER: email@example.com or automatically subscription is possible and preferred on the following website: http://www.mrd.
The USS Massachusetts will be activated as NE1PL in Battleship Cove, Fall River on June 1-3, 2018 for Museum Ships on the Air, according to Uncommon Service to Nautical Radio club trustee Rick Emord, KB1TEE.
Emord invites anyone who is interested in operating the station aboard the museum ship to please contact him at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. In addition to radio operators, USNR is seeking people to help log contacts, speak to guests, and other duties.
Visit <www.ne1pl.org> for updates on operations.
Special events station W1MGY will operate at the old Coast Guard Station in Eastham on Cape Cod from April 12th until 1:46 AM April 15th to commemorate the tragic loss of the HMS Titanic.
This event is sponsored by the Titanic / Marconi Memorial Radio Association of Cape Cod and hosted by the Cape Cod National Seashore. It will be open to the public on Saturday, April 14th.
“We still have some time slots open (four hours each). If you live in the area and would like to participate in this historical event, drop me a note and I place you on our e-mail list and let you know what time slots are open.” (Info via KB1TLR, W1MGY trustee)
Rick Emord, KB1TEE and other members of the Massasoit Amateur Radio Association are planning a special events operation to commemorate the birth of the Boy Scouts of America aboard the USS Massachusetts on Saturday, April 28, 2018 using the call sign W1BSA. The group conducted its first operation aboard the museum ship in 2015.
MARA members and amateurs from other area clubs will serve radiomen (operators) on the ship from 0900 until 1600. In the past, the crew has activated six stations on the air for this event on 2, 10, 20, and 40 meters and CW on 80 meters using some of the ship’s original equipment.
“Pi” Pugh, K1RV writes on K1USN RC list:
The 2011 International Museum Ships Weekend was a resounding success!
We had quite a group of operators, helpers and visitors last weekend and we were able to make close to 1000 contacts with 46 states, 31 DXCC countries and 24 participating Museum Ships! The K1USN QSL requests are already pouring in! We hope to have our new cards printed ASAP.
We arrived at 7 PM Friday evening to get the HF stations ready to go. We ran the Yaesu FT-920 and 500 watt Ameritron Amplifier on 20 meters into the Sommer yagi. It performed flawlessly.
We decided to use the Kenwood TS-690-S into the G5RV antenna as our second station and concentrated on 40 meters.
We had over 250 contacts before shutting down for the night at 11:30PM.
Many of the K1USN crew went to Jamies in Braintree at 7 AM for breakfast before heading over to operate. Saturday morning we had both stations operational throughout the day and continued to rack up contacts. Although we did some operating on 17, 15 and 6 meters we pretty much stuck to the “bread n’ butter” bands of 20 and 40 meters.
Special thanks goes to Warren, WA1YKF, for doing a fine job preparing the ends of our hardline cable run to give us the option of using the R-5 vertical which is mounted on the phone pole at the lower end of the parking lot. This enabled us to add a third HF station using the IC-746-PRO and R-5. As an added bonus we found that six meters was open on Saturday and the R-5 loaded quite well on that band, too.
BTW, we were able to work a number of old friends including several who spent many hours operating with us during previous MSW events onboard the USS Salem. Bruce, K1HTN and Norm, WA1DBR as well as former USS Salem crew member, Radar, N2GDY.
We were unable to get our vintage station operational this year, but we already have plans for some station improvements by W1EKG and KB1IIU. BTW, Bill has offered to supply a watertight box for completing the hardline installation.
We had a total of 976 contacts with 262 on CW and the rest on SSB.
We worked 46 states missing only Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota and Wyoming.
Here is a list of the 31 DXCC countries worked: K United States VE Canada EA8 Canary Islands KP2 US Virgin Islands KP4 Puerto Rico TI Costa Rica HA Hungary DL Germany OE Austria V3 Belize UR Ukraine UA European Russia SP Poland I Italy EA6 Balearic Islands YO Roumania ZA Albania PA Netherlands ON Belgium V4 St Kitts YU Yugoslavia S5 Serbia UL Kazakhstan F France LX Luxembourg G England CU Portugal HP Panama EA Spain LZ Bulgaria SM Sweden
Here is a partial list of those who particIpated with us during MSW 2011. My apologies for any omissions.
K1RV, K1WN, W1JT, W1ICU, KB1PVC, W1AY, W1BT, N1VTI, WA1YKF, KA1KIJ, KB1TEE, KB1SVY ( and XYL, Michelle), N1DC, KB1UBX, KB1VGN, KB1REQ, NI1X, W1EKG, KB1IIU, WA1TPC, K1WCC, N1CVI, KC1JET.
Here is a list of the 24 participating ships we worked this year:
Please QSL each ship directly
USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier Corpus Christi, TX W5LEX
USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier Charleston , SC WA4USN
USS New Jersey Battleship Camden, New Jersey NJ2BB
USS Massachusetts Battleship Fall River, MA N1EPL
SS Willis B Boyer Bulk Carrier Toledo, OH W8WBB
HMS Belfast Cruiser London, UK GB2RN
USS Littlerock Cruiser Buffalo, New York W2PE
USS Turner Joy Destroyer Bremerton, WA NS7DD
USS Slater Destroyer Escort Albany, NY WW2DEM
USCGC Mackinaw Icebreaker Mackinaw, MI W8AGB
*LS Nantucket Lightship East Boston, MA W1NLS
*LS Overfalls (LV 118) Lightship Lewes, DE KB3MIP
*Carl D Bradley Limestone Carrier Rogers City, MI W8CDB
USS LST-325 LST Evansville, IN WW2LST
MS Atlantis Minesweeper Dresden, Germany DK0MHD
SS Keewatin Passenger Steamship Saugatuck, MI K8CJQ
U-5075 Seehund Submarine Quincy, MA. WW2MAN S637 Espadon Submarine Saint-Nazaire France F6KBG
U-995 Submarine Laboe Germany DL0DMB
USS Batfish Submarine Muskogee, OK WW2SUB HMCS Onondaga Submarine Rimouski, Quebec VA2GNQ
SS American Victory Victory Ship Tampa, Florida W4AVM
*SS Lane Victory Sat Only 1600 to 2200Z Victory Ship Los Angeles, CA W6LV
Naval Tech’l Museum La SPEZIA A.R.M.I. Italy II1ICS
One final word to mention the VE exams this Saturday at K1USN! Please contact Bill, K1WN (email@example.com) if you want to take an exam.
Pi – K1RV
“This should be a good opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities as well as introducing people to the Thomas Watson Library and Research Center,” writes Pi. “We have made a lot of progress getting K1USN back on the air and want everyone to see how it looks.”[See also: USS Salem RC Has A New Home At Watson Library]
The K1USN Radio Club will participate in an open house event on Saturday, August 5th from 10 AM-2 PM at the Watson Library and Research Center on Quincy Avenue in Braintree. Light refreshments will be served. The Braintree Historical Society plans to show area residents the progress made with renovations at the Center. The official grand opening should take place during the month of September.
According to K1USN’s Harold L. “Pi” Pugh, Jr., K1PV, “All are welcome to attend and we plan to have K1USN on the air for some HF and VHF demonstrations at our new location.” Pi invites all interested parties to drop by and say hello and/or operate.
For more information, visit http://www.qsl.net/k1usn.[See also: USS Salem RC Has A New Home At Watson Library]
Sunday, August 07, 2005 Quincy, MA
Members of the USS Salem Radio Club were allowed to remove their radio equipment from onboard the Heavy Cruiser, USS Salem yesterday. An agreement was reached with United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum Board Chairman, James Sheets, six weeks after being denied access to their equipment by the current Executive Director.
Twenty-five club members from around the South Shore spent several hours dismantling, packing and removing their club station, K1USN, which had been onboard since 1997. During the past eight years club members had spent thousands of volunteer hours demonstrating Amateur Radio to several thousand visitors enabling many Scouts to speak with stations as far away as McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Club members also originated the International Museum Ships Weekend. This annual radio event takes place during mid July and has grown to include participation from more that 80 other Museum Ships from around the world. Radio Amateurs activate the radio rooms onboard to help bring much deserved recognition to these vessels, their crews and current volunteer staff. Some clubs will even transmit using original WWII vintage transmitters. The club was unable to participate during this year’s event.
Members of the Battleship New Jersey, NJ2BB, Radio Club, in Camden, NJ
( www.nj2bb.org/ ) have now volunteered to sponsor the International Museum Ships Weekend.
Club members would also activate the K1USN club station during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and other patriotic celebrations. Members also manned a display booth at the Marshfield Fair and had distributed USS Salem informational literature to operators throughout the world in addition to maintaining a club website ( www.qsl.net/k1usn ).
Terms of the agreement with the USNSM call for the club to relinquish use of the name “USS Salem”. The club will be renamed the K1USN Radio Club.
Information about future club activities can be obtained by contacting the Club Trustee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Harold Pugh Trustee K1USN RADIO CLUB
78 Temple St.
Abington, MA 02351
The ship–a 327-foot World War II vessel designed to transport and deploy tanks and troops during coastal beach landings–is equipped with an Amateur Radio station, WW2LST. She will be in port for four days at the Yard before sailing to New York City.
Photos courtesy N1VUX
The USS Salem Radio Club (K1USN) will operate on the air to celebrate National Military Appreciation Month on Saturday, May 28, 2005 from 1100 UTC to 2200 UTC.
According to Bob “Whitey” Doherty, K1VV, the event “recognizes and honors the United States Armed Forces and the dedicated service of its members.”
K1USN will use the following frequencies (kHz) and modes:
SSB: 3860, 7260, 14260, 18160, 21360, 24960, 28360, 50160
CW: 3539, 7039, 10109, 14039, 18079, 21039, 24899, 28039, 50109
Look for K1USN also on IRLP Node 4320, 145.39 Mhz Scituate, MA repeater and Echolink node NS1N-R 443.600 Mhz. (Note: The Scituate repeater may be connected to the New England Network so try connecting to reflector 9877.)
DX stations may QSL via the W1 Bureau; stateside QSL is via K1USN at the QRZ.com or callbook address. Stations are requested to use a self-addressed, stamped envelope. For further information, contact Pi, K1RV, at email@example.com.
[See also: Congressional Resolution #328 and Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day.]
A 327-foot World War II vessel designed to transport and deploy tanks and troops during coastal beach landings will have Amateur Radio aboard when she cruises to ports of call in Massachusetts and back this spring and early summer, according to a story on ARRL’s web site.[Full story]
Bill O’Hara, writes:
We need to hear from people about volunteering on the ship for our Scouting program. I need volunteers to schedule for any Saturday during the next two months.
Bill O’Hara, N1EY