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2006 News Releases




Special Event Stations mark the centenary of SOS and 500 kHz.

Date : 03 / 10 / 2006
Author : Glen Dunstan - VK4DU

Friday the third of November is the centenary of the Berlin International Wireless Telegraphy Convention. The 1906 Convention established 500 kHz as the maritime calling and distress frequency and SOS as the Morse Code distress signal.

The UK and Italian Merchant Navy Radio Officers' associations will be activating special event stations in November using distinctive commemorative callsigns to mark the centenary of SOS and 500 kHz.

This special event is also designed to launch the campaign for 500 kHz to be preserved internationally as a 'heritage' frequency.

The UK station will go to air with the callsign GB500KCS on the third of November from the historic Lizard Wireless station, and on November four from the Poldhu Marconi Centre.

On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of November, a special station will be activated by the Italian Radio Officers' Association with the callsign IY1SP/500KCS. This station will be located at the site used by Marconi for his first wireless experiments with ships at sea.


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