Support the MRHS

We need your help.  It's as simple as that.

Our small group is now responsible for a facility that once required dozens to maintain.

We have funded everything from the costs for rewinding transformers to purchasing power tubes for the transmitters from our own packets - and we feel privileged to do so.

But the larger projects we now face, such as antenna restoration, are beyond our personal means.

Won't you help?  Your donation is tax deductable and we promise to get the most out of every dollar we receive.

Most important, you'll know you have helped keep the traditions of maritime radio alive.

Just click on the button below or send a check to:

Maritime Radio Historical Society

PO Box 392

Point Reyes Station, Ca 94956


Thanks and VY 73...



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!  When you take your exam with us you can visit to the KSM transmit and receive sites - and when you pass you can immediately exercise the privileges of your license by sitting the circuit at KSM.  We'll even endorse your license with our special stamp certifying that you're a qualified commercial radiotelegraph operator.

We also offer exams for:

General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL)
GMDSS Operator (full and restricted) Licenses
GMDSS Maintainer License
GMDSS Operator/Maintainer License
Ship Radar Endorsement
Marine Radio Operator Permit

We've set up a special Web page with all the information including dates, times, locations, costs and contact information. 

CLICK HERE for all the details.

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We've discontinued the regular publication of the Newsletter.  But we will still send out information about special events like Night of Nights, International Marconi Day, etc.  So please subscribe if you'd like to have this information sent to you.

All back issues of the Newsletter are available via the link below.
MRHS Newsletter Back Issues!


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.

VY 73,


MRHS Board Meeting

The Maritime Radio Historical Society will hold its next board meeting on 27 February at 5pm at the Bolinas transmitter site, 451 Mesa Road.  Members of the public are invited to join us.  If you plan to attend please RSVP to so we can be sure there's space for everyone.