KPH SOS Reports
All transmissions on 500kc are carefully logged. When a SOS is received or monitored these logs are often requested as part of the inquiry into the distress. We are very fortunate to have the SOS reports and logs from KPH from the early 1950s
Many of the log sheets are stamped KPH INT. There were (and still are) three marine bands located in the low frequency, medium frequency and high frequency portions of the spectrum. At the time these logs were made what we call medium frequency today was called intermediate frequency, thus the KPH INT stamp.
Some of the SOS reports refer to the raft Lehi. The Lehi expedition was an attempt to drift from California to Hawaii. The raft soon encountered problems and the radio operator aboard, Don Smith, kept the airwaves alive with his SOS transmissions. The Lehi was rescued by the banana boat SS METAPAN and returned to San francisco.
The crew said they were ready for another try - all except Smith who said he had had quite enough and wanted off the raft... permanently!
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