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  • Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Remembering Titanic MGY 100 Year On 2012 (list of special event stations)

    RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on 14th April 1912 and sank into the dark frozen waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of the following morning.

    Titanic was supposed to be noted for its size, speed and luxury accomodation but became a legend because of its sinking.

    In 2012 various radio events are being help to remember and commemorate the sinking.

    GI2012MGY - onboard SS Nomadic - Belfast

    GI2012MGY, a special event station located in Belfast from onboard the SS Nomadic - Titanic's 'Little Sister'

    To mark the Centenery of the sinking of the Titanic, City of Belfast Radio Amateur Society ( CoBRAS ) will be QRV on most HF bands, CW and SSB, from onboard the 'Nomadic' from 12th - 18th April.

    The SS Nomadic is the only remaining historic link to the Titanic left afloat, and she is also the last surviving White Star Line vessel in the world. Like Titanic herself, she was built at the shipyards of Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and served as a tender to the Olympic and Titanic.

    Restoration work on this historic ship continues under the stewardship of The Nomadic Charitable Trust (http://www.nomadicbelfast.com/ ) who have generously accommodated CoBRAS members onboard to air the suitably special GI2012 prefix


    GI100MGY - Belfast - Project White Star

    GI100MGY will be on the air from Titanic's home city of Belfast during the month of April - MGY was the callsign of the ill-fated ship, which had been launched in Belfast in May 1911.

    The GI100 is a very special prefix, kindly allocated to the "Project White Star" special event team by Ofcom, the UK regulator.

    We plan to be active all modes, 80m - 10m, with a 2 minute station silence at 01:47am on 15th April, the exact time when the vessel sank, in memory of all those who lost their lives that night. On the evening of 14th/15th, most operation will be on CW.

    Project White Star is a collaboration between various Amateur Radio Clubs in Greater Belfast and further afield in Northern Ireland

    GB100WSL - White Star Line - Southampton Docks
    GB0WSL - Bartley, New Forest

    Itchen Valley Amateur Radio Club will be operating GB100WSL - White Star Line - from 10th to 15th April.

    The station will operate from berth 42, Ocean Dock, Southampton.
    Ocean Dock was previously called White Star Dock and RMS Titanic sailed from next-door, berth 43.

    A commemorative flotilla will set sail from berth 43 at noon on 10th April as part of the city's commemorations and sail directly past the GB100WSL station.

    Brian, G0UKB, club chairman, is the great-grandson of Thomas King, the Master at Arms of RMS Titanic, who perished in the disaster.

    During the evenings when the dock is closed to visitors (and amateur radio operators) the club hopes to run GB0WSL from Bartley in the New Forest. This location is close to the home of the oldest survivor of the disaster, Millvina Dean.

    G3MPD - Poldhu

    During the weekend of the 14th and 15th of April 2012, Poldhu Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the Marconi Centre at Poldhu using the callsign G3MPD.

    MPD was the callsign of Marconi's Poldhu station at the time of the Titanic disaster.

    The group hope to have the station operational on as many of the HF bands as possible.


    GB100MGY QSL cardFORT PERCH ROCK MARINE RADIO MUSEUM has been given the special callsign of GB100MGY for the 100th anniversary of Titanic's sinking and will be on air from April 6th till April 26th on all amateur bands.

    Operations will include the 501-to 504khz band using 502kHz between 12th to 18th april 2012.    For those who cannot transmit in the 500kHz band, GB100MGY will also be listening on 3566kHz (or 7066kHz if conditions require) for crossband replies.

    The station will particularly be on 502 khz overnight on the evening/morning of 14th/15th april marking precisely the 100 years since Titanic sent her CQD and SOS signals around the 500kc/s frequency

    More information about the museum can be found atwww.fortperchrockmarineradiomuseum.co.uk and a website dedicated to the GB100MGY event will be at www.gb100mgy-fortperchrock.co.uk

    For those who can visit the Museum, the replica of Titanic's Radio Room is now complete and open to the public. The opening ceremony took place on Friday 30th March and was opened by Peter Bibby of the Bibby shipping company. The Room is dedicated to Titanic's two Marconi wireless operators Jack Phillips and Harold Bride.

    EI100T Titanic Commemoration Station
    Queenstown Cobh 2012

    Titanic Special EventEI100T has been issued as a once off special event call to commerate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. Throughout 2012 EI100T is operating regularly from Cobh (Queenstown), Lower Cork Harbour (IO51UU) by members of the Cork Radio Club. Cork Harbour was the last port of call of the Titanic on her maiden and final voyage.

    EI100T will be operated as a special event station in Cobh town during the weekend of April 14th & 15th 2012.


    M100T Southampton
    Weekends throughout April

    Southampton amateur radio club has secured a location in Mayflower Park, not far from Ocean Terminal where Titanic sailed from and will operate a Titanic special event station from the 6 - 8th April onwards and then every weekend through April. They plan to arrive on site every Friday afternoon through to the Sunday afternoon.

    GR100MGY - Godalming
    Tuesday 10th April to Monday 16th April 2012

    GR100MGY will operate from Tuesday 10th April to Monday 16th April 2012 from Godalming.

    Titanic's Senior Wireless operator Jack Phillips was born in Farncombe, Godalming on 11th April 1887 and the town has a very significant memorial park and cloister in Jack's name.

    From 10th April the Titanic Centenary event will take place from Charterhouse, Godalming. GR100MGY will be active for six days. There is free admission and free car parking on 14th and 15th April, 12.00 to 16.00.

    For more info contact G0EFO at michaelgs1@talktalk.net.

    VO1MCE Cape Race
    VE0MGY - Titanic site North Atlantic
    14th and 15th April 2012

    Cape Race will be a focal point for Titanic Commerative Events as the closest point of land to the wreck site and a location that played an important part in marine radio from the earliest days. Activities will be ongoing from Mid April to Early october  2012. Cape Race will be doing a re-enactment of the the Loss of the Titanicon April 14th and 15th from VO1MCE. It is also planned to have VEOMGY, a ship at the Titanic site communicating with Cape Race and other amateur radio stations that weekend. Check www.qrz.com under VO1MCEwww.edgeofavalon.ca andwww.receivingtitanic.com for more information.


    GB3WG - Walter Gray - Shetland
    8th to 20th April 2012

    To mark 100 years since the Titanic incident, Lerwick Radio Club will be operating a special event station GB2WG. from Scalloway in the Shetland Islands (IOTA EU-012). GB2WG will be operational from the 8th to 20th April inclusive.

    Scalloway is the birth place of Walter Gray who was the Officer in Charge at Cape Race Radio MCE. Walter Gray was also a Marconi school classmate of Jack Phillips, the Senior Wireless Operator on Titanic.  Earlier on 14th April 1912 Walter and Jack had chatted on the key. Walter was still on duty when Titanic sent its CQD.

    After a distinguished career in the Canadian Marconi Company, Walter retired and eventually returned to his native Shetland where he established the Walter and Joan Gray Residential Care Home in Scalloway which still exists today.

    9H3AJ - From the site of the Titanic

    Azamara journey 9hob8Cruise ship Azamara Journey / 9HOB8 will be at the site of the Titanic 41.43.57N 49.56.497W from 5pm (local time) on April 14th until 4am April 15th.

    This is part of a voyage commeromorating 100 years since the sinking of Titanic and the ship leaves New York on 10th April, visits Halifax on 12th April, will hold a memorial service at sea at 2.20am on Sunday 15th April and returns to New York on the morning of 18th April.

    Subject to the ship's Master granting permission, 9H3AJ will be operating CW on about 7035 Khz in the evenings from 13th April to 18th April. The operator of 9H3AJ will be Joe N0MU. Joe is a licensed Radio Electronics Officer with 35 years of experience in RF telecommunications and 29 years of professional service to the maritime industry. His Radio Officer experience includes shore side employment with ITT World Communications (KFS), and shipboard service to: Delta Steamship Lines, Lykes Brothers Lines, United States Lines, Navieras De Puerto Rico, Admiralty Cruise Lines, Shell Oil Company, Waterman Steamship Corp., Sealand Services Inc., Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, Penn Attransco, and Marine Transport Lines.http://www.qrz.com/db/9h3aj

    Another memorial cruise on MS Balmoral departed Southampton on 8th April, passing by Cherbourg and calling at Cobh (Queenstown) on the way to the Titanic site. We are not aware of any Amateur Radio activity from this voyage.


    VX9MRC - Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland - 507.77kHz
    0001 to 0400 GMT 15th April 2012

    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland will be transmitting a special bulletin near 500 kHz, the distress frequency used by the radio officers of the Titanic to send their CQD call to Cape Race, Newfoundland.

    Please listen on 507.77 kHz CW for VX9MRC between 0001 and 0400 UTC on
    15 April 2012
    . Please note this corresponds to Saturday night, 14 April, for listeners in the western hemisphere.

    GB4T Northampton
    1st April to 14th April 2012

    Operated by the Northampton Communications Club GB4T remembers 100 years since Titanic foundered with massive loss of life. One of the youngest lives saved from Titanic lived out her old age in Northampton and died in a nursing home there in 1995 at teh age of 95. http://www.mx0ncc.myqrz.com/



    Bob, G3XNG will be operating the 'M0RSE' callsign during the weekend of 14th and 15th April 2012 as part of the Titanic Centenary remembrance weekend.

    This is apt because of Morse code being used by the two Marconi Wireless Operators on the Titanic who saved so many lives.

    The two Marconi Wireless Operators, Jack Philips and Harold Bride, stayed at their posts until they lost power to their transmitter. Jack Philips did not survive the sinking.

    Bob will be on 80-10,CW with as much activity as he can muster

    OO100MGY OR100MGY OT100MGY
    1st April to 30th April 2012

    On April 15, 2012 it will be exactly 100 years since the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank. Amongst the nationalities onboard were Flemish passengers, some of whom did not survive the disaster.

    These stations pay special tribute to the wireless operators who continued broadcasting the distress signal “CQD” (predecessor of SOS) as long as they could. 704 people (including 7 Flemings) were rescued. 1504 people lost their life (including 14 Flemings). Wireless Operator Jack Philips did not survive.

    In the logbook of wireless operator Cottam of the ‘Carpatia’, which was in the area at that time, we read the following:

    April 14, 1912:
    23:20 PM – CQD SOS TITANIC – collided on iceberg
    23:30 Carpatia changes direction
    April 15, 1912:
    00:10 Titanic calls CQD, transmitting power weakens
    00:20 Titanic sends series of V’s, signals irregular
    00:25 Calling Titanic, no answer
    00:28 Titanic calls CQD, broken signals, stops suddenly
    00:30 Repeated calling Titanic, no answer
    01:25 Calling Titanic, flares fired, no answer.

    To honor this brave wireless operators and to commemorate this disaster, V.R.A.vzw (Vlaamse RadioAmateurs, which means Flemish Radio Amateurs) will put special callsigns on the air from April 1, 2012 until April 30, 2012.:

    OO100MGY by our section RACD in Deurne (Antwerp)
    OR100MGY by our section KUST in Knokke-Heist
    OT100MGY by our section PRAC in Londerzeel

    During the weekend of Saturday April 14 until Sunday April 15, all three stations will be active during a marathon transmission, from Saturday 14:00 local time until Sunday 18:00 local time (UTC from 12:00 Saturday until 16:00 Sunday) Each of these stations has a special and unique QSL-card available. So, 3 (three) different qsl-cards can be acquired, one for each participating station

    Whoever succeeds in getting these 3 different qsl-cards may request a special award (see above). This can be done by means of a signed GRClist, co-signed by 2 (TWO) other licensed radio amateurs and by paying the amount of €15,00 (in Europe), or €20,00 (outside Europe), postage included, on the account number:
    IBAN code = BE 9795 2518 6192
    BIC code = ARS PBE 22
    Of: V.R.A. vzw,
    Brusselsesteenweg 113,
    B-2800 Mechelen (Belgium)
    Mention your call + “Titanic Award”.


    More info at: http://coastradio.intco.biz/maritime/ships/titanic/Titanic-2012.htm