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Report #002 08/06/99Emergency radio systems in Virginia, Maryland, Pennslyvania, and Deleware.
Apparently all is not well with various emergency radio systems in parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennslyvania, and Deleware. In spome cases old equipment prevents police and fire personnel from contacting their respective dispatchers or each other. Many of the counties want to go to the 800 mHz frequencies but they are confronted with "dead zones" in certain locations and the FCC claims newly issued frequencies could overlap causing more interference. The FCC states that regional advisers are responsible for preventing interference through review of public safety frequencies in use. (AP item)
Harris to Develop Nationwide Marine Communications Network
Harris Corporation has nabbed a $55 million contract to help establish a wireless national martine communications networkk that will for the first time enable boaters throughout the U.S. to place phone calls, send/receive faxes, and even check e-mails -- all from a next-generation marine radio. (RF Globalnet Newsletter)
North American commercial radiotelegraph stations, WCC, WNU, KFS, and KPH have discontinued their CW operations.
On 12 July 1999 each of these Globe Wireless stations sent a final CW transmission:
IN 1901, CALL SIGN WCC WAS ASSIGNED TO THE SOUTH WELLFLEET MASSACHUSETTS WIRELESS TELEGRAPH FACILITY OPERATED BY GUGLIELMO MARCONI. MORSE CODE SIGNALS FROM WCC HAVE BEEN HEARD AROUND THE WORLD EVER SINCE. TODAY WE RETIRE WCC FROM WIRELESS TELEGRLAPH OPERATIONS. WCC WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE MARITIOME COMMUNITY IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE GLOBAL RADIO NETWORK OPERATED BY GLOBE WIRELESS.
WNU NOW CEASES RADIOTLELEGRAPH SERVICE AFTER EIGHTY-SEVEN YEARS OF CONTINUOUS OPERATION. WE WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE MARINER THROUGH OUR ELECTRONIC MAIL SERVICE AS PART OF THE GLOBE WIRELESS NETWORK.
WE NOW CLOSE THE RADIO TELEGRAPH OPERATION OF STATION KPH. SINCE 1904, STATION KPH HAS DISTINGUISHED ITSELF AS ONE OF THE MOST WELL KNOWN AND RESPECTED CALL SIGNS IN THE WORLD, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS PART OF THE GLOBAL RADIO NETWORK OF HF STATIONS.
THIS IS THE FINAL CW TRANSMISSION FROM STATION KFS - THE LAST COMMERCIAL RADIO TELEGRAPH STATION IN NORTH AMERICA. APPROPRIATELY, WE CLOSE CW AND EMBARK ON A NEW ERA OF COMMUNICATION WITH SAMUEL F.B. MORSE OWN WORDS OF 155 YEARS AGO = NW CL 73 = WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT.
July/August Loggings in frequency order (kHz) with comments and UTC time.
4530 Raspy dots and dash, Link 11 data xmsn at 0034
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©1999 Don Schimmel.