KPH, KFS and K6KPH Have Returned
After a prolonged absence due to antenna maintenance issues stations KPH, KFS and K6KPH returned to the air on Saturday 17 March. This welcome event was the result of hard work by all members of the MRHS team but especially the Trandsmitter Department.
Members of the Operations Department, who dutifully had reported for duty even thought there were no transmitters available to key, were very happy indeed to once again ply the airwaves.
But most meaningful were the reports from listeners around the world who let us know that the signals of these famous stations were once again being heard.
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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.
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