“Night of Nights” July 12th – Very Interesting Marine CW Event

A VERY interesting commemorative special event runs this weekend:

“Night of Nights X Final Information


o Station KPH will return to the air!

o MRHS station KSM will be on the air.

o Station KFS will return to the air!

o Coast Stations WLO and KLB will join in.

o Amateur station K6KPH, with commercial operators at the key, will be QRV for signal reports.

o Operations begin at 1701pdt 12 July, 0001gmt 13 July. We usually continue two way operations for about 6 hours but broadcasts on the commercial stations KPH, KFS and KSM may continue after that.

If you’re not already a member, join the MRHS mailing list for late information. Just send an email message to: Radiomarine-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


It’s hard to believe that this will be the tenth annual Night of Nights. What began as a modest effort on the part of a small band of dedicated enthusiasts has grown into a truly global event.

Listeners around the world wait with their earphones on to hear the first signals rise up out of the static. Many write wonderful letters with phrases like “It was tough going there for a while but I stuck with you through to the end!”. Words like those let us know that we’re on the right track and that this event is as close to the hearts of many other “true believers” as it is to ours.

Frequency and reception report information for all stations appear below.

KPH, the ex-RCA coast station located north of San Francisco, will return to the air for commemorative broadcasts on 12 July at 1701 PDT (13 July at 0001 GMT), 10 years and one minute after what was thought to be the last commercial Morse transmission in the US. Now the Maritime Radio Historical Society’s own KSM carries on the tradition of commercial Morse.

These on-the-air events are intended to honor the men and women who followed the radiotelegraph trade on ships and at coast stations around the world and made it one of honor and skill.

Transmissions are expected to continue until at least midnight PDT (0700GMT).

Veteran Morse operators, including former KPH staff members, will be on duty at the receiving station at Point Reyes, CA listening for calls from ships and sending messages just as they did for so many years before Morse operations were shut down.

The transmitters are located 18 miles south of Point Reyes in Bolinas, CA at the transmitting station established in 1913 by the American Marconi Co. The original KPH transmitters, receivers and antennas will be used to activate frequencies in all the commercial maritime HF bands and on MF as well.

Many of the KPH transmitters will be 50s vintage RCA sets. KFS will use a 1940s vintage Press Wireless PW-15 transmitter on 12Mc. This is the transmitter that was in service at KFS on the “last day” of American Morse and is thought to be the last PW-15 in service in the world. The transmitting antennas include a Marconi T for MF, double extended Zepps for 4, 6 and 8Mc and H over 2s for 12, 16 and 22Mc.

KPH will send traffic lists, weather and press broadcasts as well as special commemorative messages, some of which will be sent by hand. At other times the KPH, KSM and KFS “wheel” will be sent to mark the transmitting frequencies.

Members of the public are invited to visit the receiving station for this event. The station will be open to visitors beginning at 1500PDT (3:00pm). The station is located at 17400 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and is on the route to the Point Reyes lighthouse. Watch for a cypress lined driveway on the right past Drakes Bay Oysters and “G” Ranch.

KPH and KSM are operated by the Maritime Radio Historical Society in cooperation with the Point Reyes National Seashore, part of the National Park Service.

Further information may be found on the Maritime Radio Historical Society Web site at http://www.radiomarine.org

Full details at: http://www.radiomarine.org/non10.html



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One thought on ““Night of Nights” July 12th – Very Interesting Marine CW Event

  1. Kelsey says:

    Going to miss this one, BUT, if I get the opportunity I will get in a couple from the USS Midway CVA 41 (ret.) in San Diego.

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