Night of Nights XVIII!   

Here's all the time, station and frequency information for Night of Nights XVIII..

Date: Wednesday 12 July 2017 Pacific Daylight Time 

Location: RCA receiving station, 17400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes National Seashore   

Click HERE for a map of the location from Google Maps 

Time: Doors open at 3:00pm pdt, first transmission 5:01pm pdt (0001gmt 13 July)

Light refreshments: Served

Photographs: Encouraged

Tours: Given (Whisper that you're  True Believer for a special tour of the Treasure Room)

None of this would have been possible without the trust and vision of the Point Reyes National Seashore.  The only reason these facilities were spared the bulldozer that visited all the others is that they are on park land.  And the only reason they have been restored to operation is that the PRNS staff understood their importance and trusted the MRHS to restore them to life.  

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MRHS Stations

Eighteen  transmitters will be on the air from the MRHS transmitter site in Bolinas! That doesn't include transmitters held in ready reserve in case of failure.  Members of the crack MRHS Transmitter Department and the H Set Team will be on hand to assure that all goes well.

> KPH:

Frequency            Transmitter                  Antenna

500/426                Henry MF-5000D        Marconi T
4247.0                  RCA K Set                  Double Extended Zepp
6477.5                  RCA K Set                  Double Extended Zepp
8642.0                  RCA L Set                  Double Extended Zepp
12808.5                RCA L Set                  H over 2
17016.8                RCA L Set                  H over 2
22477.5                RCA H Set                 H over 2

The restoration of the H set has been chronicled in past issues of the Newsletter.  It will return to revenue service for the first time in decades for Night of Nights.  See Newsletter No. 38 for information about and photos of this magnificent transmitter.

NOTE: Broadcasts including commemorative messages, weather, traffic lists, etc., will be sent via KPH only.  KFS will send the station identification "wheel" on all HF channels when not working ships.



Frequency            Transmitter                     Antenna

500                      Henry MF5000D             Marconi T
6365.6                 Henry HF5000D              Double extended Zepp
Press Wireless PW15   H over 2

17026.0               Henry HF5000D              H over 2

22581.5               Henry HF5000D              H over 2


K6KPH ops will monitor the frequencies below as propagation and the number of available operators permit.  K6KPH will be open for signal reports, traffic or general contacts.  Give us a buzz.

Frequency           Transmitter                    Antenna

3550.0                 Henry HF-5000D           Double Extended Zepp
7050.0                 RCA L Set                     Double Extended Zepp
14050.0               Henry HF-5000D           H over 2
18097.5               Henry HF-5000D           H over 2
21050.0               Henry HF-5000D           H over 2


> Reception Reports

Reception reports and verification requests for the MRHS stations listed above may be sent to:

Maritime Radio Historical Society
PO Box 392
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Note: Self addressed stamped envelopes would be greatly appreciated!  Please, no "green stamps".

> Station Telephone

The receive site may be contacted by phone on 415-669-9646 (answered only when the station is on the air)


USCG Stations

Many USCG personnel at all levels are responsible for bringing these stations back on the air for Night of Nights XVIII.  We want to particularly thank ET1 Mike Leska for taking the lead for this year's project.

> NMC (Transmit Bolinas, Receive Pt. Reyes)

Frequency            Transmitter                         Antenna

448.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6           173' monopole tower
500.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6           173' monopole tower
6383.0                  Rockwell-Collins RT-2200  Omni-directional
8574.0                  Rockwell-Collins RT-2200  Omni-directional
17220.5                Rockwell-Collins RT-2200  Omni-directional


>>==> We have just received a flash message stating that NMN will not be on the air for Night of Nights XVIII

> NMN - Chesapeake, VA 



NOTE: The presence of NMN on CW is a very big deal and a technical challenge.  NMN will be remote controlled from NMC.  Big thanks to ET1 Mike Leska without whom the entire USCG Night of Nights operation would not be possible.

NOTE regarding NMC/NMQ/NMW MF transmissions.  Only one MF transmitter will be in service at each station.  Morse transmissions will be made on an as-available basis from each station as USCG operators must also accommodate scheduled NAVTEX transmissions.

> NMQ (Transmit Cambria, CA, Receive and Control Pt. Reyes)

Frequency            Transmitter                  Antenna

448.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Inverted L
500.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Inverted L

> NMW (Transmit Astoria, OR, Receive and Control Pt. Reyes)
Frequency            Transmitter                   Antenna

448.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Capacitive top hat
500.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Capacitive top hat

> Reception Reports

Reception reports and verification requests for the USCG stations listed above may be sent to:

ET1 Mike Leska 
ESD Ketchikan - QSL 
1300 Steadman St 
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Note: Self addressed stamped envelopes would be greatly appreciated!  Please, no "green stamps".

> Shipcom Station WLO

We are sorry to report that Shipcom station WLO will be unable to participate in Night of Nights XVIII.


> Calling Channels

All commercial and USCG stations listed above will listen for calls from ships on 500kc and on ITU Channel 3 HF:


Listen on these frequencies if you want to copy both sides of ship to shore contacts.


 > Commemorative Messages

Was your father, uncle or grand dad a commercial op or amateur operator?  Would you like to send a commemorative message in their honor over KPH?  We have sent several of these messages in past events and they were all very moving.  If you would like us to send such a message this year please send it to us no later than Wednesday 9 July pdt so we can be sure to include it.  Sent it to

We look forward to meeting you in person or on the air for N of N XVIII.

Questions?  Need more info?  Just shoot an email to


VY 73,




View all images as a slideshow

The first Night of Nights. L to R:Steve Hawes, Tom Horsfall, Rod Deakin, Denice Stoops, Richard Dillman

Transmitter Supervisor Steve Hawes making antenna adjustments in preparation for Night of Nights.

ex-KPH op Rick Wahl at the key at an earlier Night of Nights

Chief Operator Richard Dillman explains the workings of a maritime Morse code coast station to the visitors on an earlier Night of Nights.

Heads are bowed as Denice Stoops sends the traditional benediction at midnight (Pcific time) from the control room in Bolinas