What Happened to KPH?
Many have noted that KPH, KFS and K6KPH are off the air. Thanks to those who have taken the time to write asking about the status of these stations. Here's the story:
As we often mention in our Newsletter, antenna maintenance is by for the most challenging and expensive part of our project. Over the years we have made needed repairs as we could fund them. But this deferred maintenance has finally caught up with us and we have had to suspend operations until the overall antenna situation at the Bolinas transmit site could be addressed. This is now underway.
Luckily, an extensive program of antenna repair and restoration was already in place for 2017/2018. We have accellerated the part of that program that addresses the transmit antennas in Bolinas. We have contracted with a crane and maintenance crew to begin work soon. With luck we hope to be back on the air, at least partially, in early 2018.
For the latest information please subscribe to our Newsletter via the link below.
We truly regret this interruption in service but we were heartened by the number of True Believers wo called and wrote to say they missed our presence on the air.
The MRHS has returned the iconic KPH call sign to the air from its ancestral home at Bolinas/Point Reyes. KPH is on the air every Saturday from 1000 to 1600 Pacific time (Zulu times changes with daylight/standard time).
CW Transmit Frequencies:
To subscribe to the MRHS Newsletter click HERE
For back issues of the MRHS Newsletter click HERE
MRHS Offers Radiotelegraph Exams!
The Maritime Radio Historical Society is now authorized to administer the examination for the commercial radiotelegraph license. Yes, the FCC still issues this ticket! Visit the MRHS Events page for more information.
The KPH receive site is open for visitors every Saturday 1200 to 1700 local time. Visitors are welcome! The receive site is located at 17400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd in the Point Reyes National Seashore, just past G Ranch on the way to the lighthouse. Whisper "True Believer" when you visit for access to our Treasure Room!
Who We Are
Let's be honest... We're a bunch of radio squirrels. And very lucky radio squirrels at that. We inhereted the last remaining Morse code coast station in North America. It was off the air but it was an intact time capsule.
We made the restoration of KPH to operational status our life's work. That was back in 1999 - the year the last commercial Morse code message in the U.S. was supposedly sent.
Through the trust and vision of the Point Reyes National Seashore we were given permission to begin our project of restoration, documentation and operation. And we've never looked back.
As True Believers in the importance of our maritime radio heritage we have tried to research and document every aspect of the field. Our area of specialization is the coast stations, ships and companies of the west coast of the United States. But anything to do with maritime radio anywhere in the world is of interest to us.
Dedicated MRHS volunteers are busy with the preservation, restoration and repair of the historic artifacts with which we have been entrusted. That work is the foundation on which the real goal of our project rests. That goal is to assure that the culture, techniques and traditions of the men and women who came before us are not forgotten. We feel that the best way to achieve that goal is through actual on the air operations.
We look forward to visits by fellow True Believers in the importance of the preservation of our radio heritage. Please see the Contact Us section for full detail about visiting us. Or subscribe to our Newsletter using the form above for up to date information.
We invite you to peruse these pages for details of our work and of radio history. And we wish you fair winds and following seas.
Stay Up To Date!
Subscribe to the MRHS Newsletter for all the latest information.
VY 73 DE MRHS