Das "Letzte"
Am 01. Februar 1999 beendeten viele Küstenfunkstellen die Hörbereitschaft auf 500 KHz

31/2250 utc
cq de ost =
oostend radio has an important position not only among the existing coaststations at the northsea but also worldwide.
however time has come to end our h24 watch on 500 khz on january 31st 1999 at 2300 utc.
manager, staff and personnel would like to thank you for your confidence in ost.
73 sk +

qsl für diese meldung kam von oxz, oxj, 9ar, ohc und eaf +

cq de lgq (rogaland)
since 1919 lgq has made a continous watch on 500 khz for distress urgency and safety traffic. this period is now over. sri om/yl tks for mni qso and we hope the gmdss will take care of security as good as the morse signals have done.
we gerally regret that this period has come to an end.  sri and best 73 tk sk

qsl von oxz, ost, oxj, 9ar

cq de tfa (island)
meldung nicht lesbar

qsl von ejm, eaf

cq de oxz = final note nw =
on february 1st 1999 at 0001 utc the gmdss will be the only distress system for shipping =
this means that wt is no more a part of the maritime distress system and we therefore close down wt service on 500 khz as well as on hf =
this concludes an era of more than 90 years of wt service from danish coast stations starting in 1909 with koebenhavn radio/gra later oxa and blavand radio/oxb in 1914 =
lyngby radio started public wt service to ships on hf in 1927 and later took over the wt service on mf from koebenhavn radio/oxa =
finally skagen radio//oxp was opened in 1945 =
now this service will be closed =
we thank all ships and remaining coast stations that may monitor 500 khz on one of our hf wt frequencies for good cooperation through the years =
de oxz oxz oxz ii oxz oxz

qsl von lgq / sae / ejm / ejk / eaf / ohc /spe

01/0040 =
ejk (valentia/irland) sendet letzte meldung =
hier nicht lesbar
qsl von ejm / lgq / eaf / oxz 

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cq de gkb = qsx 4  8  12  and  16 MHz

cq de gkb =
effective 31/2359z january 1999 portishead radio will cease nav warning and wx broadcast on w/t. weather broadcast will continue as normal on radio telex and radio telephone. W/t will continue to be available for traffic after this date. =
Portishead radio 15/1200z january 1999 +

atuh atvb j8tg5 rtt s2lw + de gkb + 

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Info de Portishead Radio / GKB
Aufgenommen auf 4274 kHz / 11-apr-00 20:04 utc

GKB verbreitet seit Anfang April 2000 folgende Meldung in Telegrafie:

cq cq cq de gkb gkb gkb =
regret to announce the closure of GKB and all uk vhf services at 1200z sunday 30 april 2000. mf stations will close at 1200z on friday 30 june 2000.
we send our thanks and best wishes to the maritime community, which we have served for over 90 years =
maritime radio services, london, 30 march 2000 +

Dazu gab es am 13-apr-00 folgende info:

Nachricht: #345 von: dl8aam 
Datum: 13-Apr-2000 
Titel: Portishead Radio wkg HAMs-Eve found on the WUN (Utility SWL-DXing) 
From: Jim Dunnett 
Subject: [WUN] GKB Closure Event 

As Day Watson informed us earlier this month, PortisheadRadio/GKB is to close on the 30th of April. To mark the event, Portishead will work amateurs cross-band for 12 hours on the day before closure. All are welcome to call, but check that your national regulations allow you to work a maritime fixed station cross-band. 

Details are: 
Date: 29th April 2000. Time 0700 - 1900 UTC 
Call sign Frequency Amateur Frequency + or - 5 kHz GKB2 4274 3525 GKB4 8559.5 7025 GKB5 12835.4 14050 GKB6 17113 18075 GKB7 22448.7 21050 
There will be three stations operating at any one time - subject to the commercial requirements of the station. BT has appointed the Radio Officers Association to handle the amateur side of this operation and the liaison officer is David Barlow/G3PLE. ALL QSOs WILL RECEIVE A QSL VIA THE RSGB BUREAU. 

Contact details: - 
David Barlow  G3PLE PO Box 50, Helston, TR12 7YQ 
e-mail (for this event) dbarlow@u.genie.co.uk 

Event Website:
http://you.genie.co.uk/dbarlow -------------- --- 

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Aufgenommen von Heinrich Busch, Berne

cq  this is the last broadcast from portishead radio. 
for 81 years we have served the maritime community. we say thankyou to all those who have supported and used our station. we pay tribute to marconi who made it all possible. his first transmissions across water were made from nearby here and so started the radio era. we are proud to have been part of that era. as this historic time in the commercial messaging world comes to a close the manager and radio officers wish you farewell from portishead radio/gkb ++
sk 300400 1200z
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Rogaland Radio/LGB beendet den Telegrafie-Dienst

Bereits seit Anfang November 2000 verbreitete LGW folgende Meldung in der CQ-Schleife:
cq  cq  cq  de lgw lgb lgj = lgx/17074 is not working =
rogaland radio closing down the morse radiotelegraphy service from 1st december 2000 =
qru = qsx 4185.0  8368.5  12552.5  16736.5 +

Am 30. November 2000 lief diese Meldung in der CQ-Schleife:
cq cq cq de lgw lgb lgj = qsx 4185 8368,5 12552,5 16736,5 kHz =
rogaland radio will close down morse telegraphy from 1st december year 2000 at 0001 utc =
brief history: the first coast radio station in norway (soervaagen) was opened in 1908 with long wave telegraphy. in 1912 bergen radio was opened but provided only mf telegraphy until 1927 when hf telegraphy was taken in use.
rogaland radio was opened in 1960 and took over the hf service from bergen radio and has provided both mf and hf morse telegraphy until this date. on 1st december 2000 at 0001 utc the last morse signals will fade out at rogaland radio. 
we thank all our customers and listeners for wonderful service and cooperation throughout all these years. we will
still be offering commercial service in the vhf mf and hf telephony bands.
best regards = manager and staff rogaland radio, pobox 3070, 4392 sandnes norway = qru +

Am 30. November um 23:55 UTC und 23:59 UTC kam diese letzte Meldung:
the time has come to take a last farewell with all here at lgb.
with a little bit of nostalgia  we "bury" our morse keys and may they r.i.p. = 
nw qru tu bi bi de lgb cl cl cl + + sk sk . . . - . -

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Meldung aufgenommen von: Rolf Marschner DL9CM am 14.04.1999

following received on 8682 kHz

cq cq cq de ead ead ead =
from first may 00.00 utc, all the spanish radiotelegraphy coast stations will close their transmissions.
The public correspondence could be transferred to the radiotelephony stations.
thanks, telefonica-maritime service + 

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Quelle: Rolf Marschner DL9CM

at 0001 utc 1st february 1999 gmdss is implemented internationally and telstra’s maritime communication stations will cease to provide radiotelegraphy facilities both in terms of safety, which will include the transmission of maritime safety information and commercial services. also effective at this time telstra’s seagram service and its associated enhancement otc message switch code address (omsca), will cease. telstra will continue to provide a range of text messaging services using both radio and satellite technology. these will include various options using telstra satellite products such as satcom a, satcom b, satcom c, satcom m and minisat.
automatic telex and e-mail via radio will still be available from globe wireless through telstra’s maritime communication station at perth.
perth radio/vip 150800 utc +

aufgenommen mit QSA 1-2, am 24.01.99 um 21.50 utc auf 8520 kHz

PS. VIP gehört, wie auch ZSC zu Globe Wireless
Rolf Marschner +

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V5W (ex ZSV): QRT
Quelle: Glenn Dunstan (Densham and Associates)

Walvis Bay Radio/V5W (ex ZSV) closed down
CQ de ZSV/V5W QSP via GW4XXF =
All concerned are hereby officially advised that the 500 kHz Wireless Telegraphy service from Walvis Bay Radio/V5W will officially close down on the 1st February 2001 at 0900 GMT.
A suitable CQ will be broadcast on 500kHz, announcing the closing down of Wireless Telegraphy service from Walvis Bay Radio/V5W.
Supervisor Maritime Radio Services
Walvis Bay Radio
22/01/2001 +

From tonight (26/1/01)until 2359Z on the 1st of February, V51ZSV - a special event CW-only ham station - will be operating around 14.030, 21.030 and 7.030 kHz depending on conditions.
The station is situated on the premises of Walvis Bay Radio, whose call sign had been ZSV until 1994 when we became V5W (hence the call sign).

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Quelle: Sylvester Föcking

12579,5 9vg80 Singapore Radio 1330 sitor-b tfc list and notice to ships 21-10-00 (WP3)
with effect from 1st april 2001, singaporeradio/9vg will cease radio communication services on all hf (rt/wt)/vhf rt channels. the services to be ceased are radio telegram,radio telexogram, radio telephone calls and radio telex messages. we thank you for supporting and using 9vg services. we encourage you to use our mplus (mini-m) services for voice/fax/data communication and inmarsat-c for text communication via singtel sentosa land earth station. for more information on these services please feel free to contact us.
operations manager singaporeradio/9vg.
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Marconi Signal Centenary
Quelle: Glenn Dunstan (Densham and Associates) + AFP

English transmitting station marks Marconi signal centenary
Wednesday, January 24, 2001, 9:51
The world's oldest surviving signal station was reopened today to mark the centenary of one of the greatest achievements in communications history.
At 4.30pm local time on January 23, 1901, inventor Guglielmo Marconi laid the foundations for the development of radio and television when he received a Morse signal on The Lizard rock in Cornwall, southwest England, from the Isle of Wight, 314km away.
It was the longest distance achieved by a wireless transmission, and together with the first transatlantic signal later that year from Cornwall to Newfoundland, helped Marconi prove his wireless system could send signals around the curvature of the earth.
The National Trust, a British body that works to preserve places of historic interest, recreated the transmission at what is now the world's oldest surviving purposebuilt signal station.
It was officially reopened today after being restored and radio enthusiasts gave a demonstration of Marconi's transmission on replica wireless equipment.
At precisely 4.30pm (3.30am AEDT) the word William was transmitted in Morse code between Cornwall and the Isle of Wight.
The station contains replicas of the equipment used by Marconi in 1901 in one room and in another has modernday radio transmitters, both of which will be used by enthusiasts and be open to the public.
Debbie Peers, of the National Trust, said: "It is just great to see it working as it was and to know that it will be used by radio enthusiasts in the future. It really has come full circle."
Before Marconi, born to an Italian father and Irish mother, invented his wireless system, ships communicated using lamps to transmit Morse code, a useless system once vessels were out of sight of each other.
The inventor realised that longdistance radio communications could have vital safety and commercial applications at sea and in many other areas.
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Die Morse-Ära in Walvis Bay geht zu Ende
Quelle: U. Hillmann - Bericht und Foto: Susann Kinghorn

Am 1. Februar 2001 schloss die Kuestenfunkstelle Walvis Bay Radio/V5W (ex: ZSV) die Tore. Ein Hinweis darauf ist unter Seefunk-Infos / QRT's etc. zu lesen. In der deutschsprachigen "Allgemeine Zeitung" in Namibia erschien am 6. Februar 2001 der folgende Bericht. Beim Lesen bitte ich zu bedenken, dass es sich um die Veroeffentlichung in einer Tageszeitung und nicht in einer Fachzeitschrift handelt. Hier der Bericht von Susann Kinghorn:

Walvis Bay - "Kurz kurz lang lang kurz lang ..." Hein Betram, Mitarbeiter der "Telecom Namibia" beim Walvis Bayer Rundfunksender, ist dabei, den ersten drahtlosen Telegrafenapparat in der Weltgeschichte zum letztenmal zu bedienen. Er informiert die Schiffe auf See, dass das Zeitalter des Morsesystems offiziell seinen Atem ausgehaucht hat.

Links:  Hein Betram, Mitarbeiter der "Telecom" bei "Walvis Bay Radio" und Amateurfunker, sendet die letzte Nachricht via Morseapparat in den Äther.
Es dauert eine Weile, ehe die ungewöhnlich umfangreiche Nachricht in den Äther geschickt ist. "This is the final Morse Code Transmission of Walvis Bay Radio on 500 kHz..." Ein Hauch von Wehmut ist zu spüren. Immerhin gehörte die erste Fernübertragung von Nachrichten durch vereinbarte Zeichen in der Form kurzer und langer Stromimpulse seit fast 80 Jahren zu dieser Station, die etwa drei Kilometer südöstlich von der Hafenstadt Walvis Bay gelegen ist. Obwohl das Morsezeichensystem im Februar 1999 ausrangiert wurde, um dem so genannten "Global Maritime Distress and Safety System" (GMDSS) einen Platz einzuräumen, hielt "Walvis Bay Radio" diesen Dienst freiwillig für viele seiner Empfänger - haupt- sächlich russische Fischerboote - aufrecht. Seit dem 1. Februar aber gehört das Morsealphabet endgültig der Vergangenheit an.
 Das Morsezeichensystem, das damals verlässlichste Kommunikationsmittel, hat eine lange Geschichte hinter sich. Der Amerikaner Samuel Morse konstruierte 1837 den ersten elektromagnetischen Schreibtelegrafen und entwickelte den Morsecode, der die Buchstaben durch Kombinationen aus Punkten und Strichen (langen und kurzen Stromstössen) darstellte. 1912 war so gut wie jedes Schiff mit einer Morseapparatur ausgerüstet.
Der erste Rundfunksender im damaligen Südwestafrika, der sich der Morsezeichen bediente, wurde am 27. Juni 1914 von der Deutschen Regierung eingeführt. Er befand sich bei der alten Elefantenseifenfabrik im heutigen Pionierspark in Windhoek. Hier wurde die Verbindung zur deutschen Kolonie Togo in Lome und nach Dar es Salam hergestellt. Etwa zwei Wochen vor dem Einmarsch der Südafrikaner verlegte man den Sender nach Tsumeb und Usakos. 1922 landete der alte deutsche "H.F. Sender" in Walvis Bay. Ein Schlepper namens "Santa Cruz", der in der Nähe von Walvis Bay sank, überliess dem Radiosender einen Teil seiner Ausrüstung. Nun hat sie offiziell ausgedient. Die effektivere Kommunikation via Satelliten hat das Morsealphabet ersetzt.
Wie fühlt man sich als einer der wenigen Kenner der "Morsesprache", die nun nicht mehr aktuell ist? Hein Betram sieht es gelassen: "Sie sehen, ich habe mein Taschentuch nicht hervorgeholt." Er hat auch keinen Grund dazu, denn als Amateurfunker ist für ihn die Morse-Ära längst nicht vorbei.
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