Remembering Titanic – 2012 – 100 Years on

Remembering Titanic MGY 2012 – 100 Years On

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 ( ) who have generously accommodated CoBRAS members onboard to air the suitably special GI2012 prefix

GI100MGY – Belfast

GI100MGY has been issued for a Belfast-based Titanic Memorial special event station which will operate during the month of April 2012.

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.

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.


FORT PERCH ROCK MARINE RADIO MUSEUM has been given the special callsign of GB100MGY for the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking and will therefore be on the air from April 6th till April 26th on all amateur bands, including the 501-to 504khz band using 502khz between 12th to 18th april 2012.    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 at

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.

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 Titanic on April 14th,and15th 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 under VO1MCE, and for more information.

GB3WG – Walter Gray

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.

Scalloway is the birth place of Walter Gray, was the Wireless Operator at Cape Race who conducted communications with Titanic. Walter Gray was also a Marconi school classmate of Jack Phillips, the Senior Wireless Operator on Titanic.  A few months earlier Phillips had chatted to Gray on the key while on the Olympic and told his he would be back soon on “the new one”.

GB100MPA – Carpathia

On 11th April 1912 the Cunard liner RMS Carpathia departed from New York bound for the Mediterranean with 750 passengers on board, one third of her total capacity.  Her Wireless Operator was 21 year old Harold Cottam. When Jack Phillips sent the first CQD/SOS from RMS Titanic Harold Cottam was on the bridge of the Carpathia, on return to his wireless room he contacted Phillips and as a result the Carpathia raced to the position given by the Titanic. As a result the Carpathia  saved the lives of 705 passengers and crew from the Titanic including the second Wireless Operator Harold Bride. The two then worked tirelessly sending the names of the survivors, and receiving messages. To mark the centenary of the Titanic disaster and the role of RMS Carpathia and Harold Cottam, the Radio Officers Association Radio Society have obtained a very special call sign. The call sign of the Carpathia was MPA and the Radio Officers Association will be operating GB100MPA during the month of April from their station based in the Lizard Marconi Wireless Station and Museum in Cornwall, England. The station will operate on the HF amateur bands using both CW and SSB. QSL will be through or strictly by return through the RSGB bureau or on receipt of an IRC and reply envelope via G3PLE who is QTHR (not through the bureau). The locator for the station is IN79 and WAB SW 71.

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.


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”.

Friday 13th April to Saturday 14th April Maritime Radio Day

Maritime Radio Day is held annually in the month of April, the month of the sinking of the TITANIC in 1912. Despite the massive loss of life, radio is acknowledged to have been responsible for the rescue of those who survived. Maritime Radio Day 2012 marks 100 years since that momentous event and every year remembers and celebrates the work of the Radio Officer onboard merchant ships, a Merchant Navy Officer officer post which disappeared in 1999 with the coming of the GMDSS.

Maritime Radio Day 2012 takes place from Friday 13th April until Saturday 14th from 1600 to 1600 GMT!

Longwave 147.3 kHz & Amateur crossband event in memoriam of sinking of Titanic

A special broadcast on longwave 147.3 kHz & amateur crossband event will be held in memoriam of the sinking of RMS T i t a n i c MGY From 14th April 22:30 GMT 2012 until 15th April 02:00 GMT 2012 NWS transmitter DDH47 on 147.3 kHz will tranmsit in CW during the ‘silence periods’ of the former maritime radio service, sending the names of radio officers in qrss3 ( 1 dot in 3 seconds !) Calls from amateur radio on hf will be answered by DL0SWA & DDH47 This event is hosted by Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) & employees of TI33, Pinneberg & amateurradio group Seewetteramt & friends of Prof. Braun Day

W0S Titanic Special Event Station 13th to April to 15th April 2012

The 100th Anniversary Titanic Special Event W0S will be held this year on the 13th 14th 15th of April 2012. The 13th will be a QRP event and starting at 8am Saturday the 14th running thru Sunday the 15th till around 4 pm will be the main event. This year we are asking clubs to sponsor a radio and run it the whole weekend or if we can get a big turn out, make it into blocks of time. This is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and we want to make this a huge event. Please ask your club members to come as a club or an association to be apart of a great event!! More info to follow as it becomes available. Please contact Richard Vogt KB9YZE or Rod Kettleman K0ADI for more information. Rich Vogt Rod kettleman or

Dalbeatie Museum Titanic Exhibition

It will be 100 years on April 14th/15th 2012 since the white star liner “Titanic” sank beneath the waves of the atlantic ocean on her maiden voyage to New York. On the bridge that fateful night was Captain William McMaster Murdoch – a native of Dalbeattie. Captain Murdoch was born into a seafaring family and spent his childhood in Dalbeattie and was also where he was educated. He left the town for a life on the high seas where he eventually joined the White Star Line and worked his way up through the ranks until becoming first officer aboard the Titanic. Captain Murdoch perished that night and his body never recovered but in Dalbeattie he is our “local hero”. Dalbeattie museum is putting on a major exhibition of artifacts and pictures of all things relating to the Titanic and especially Captain Murdoch on display will be a reproduction copy of “the heart of the ocean” pendant as worn by Kate Winslet in the film “Titanic” also a reproduction copy of the medal that was given to the crew of “The Carpathia” by the rich rescued passengers. Pictures, photographs, models of the titanic, and much more will be on display over the weekend of april 14th/15th 2012. The museum will be hosting a special Titanic Weekend, when all the staff of the museum will be dressed in period costume and wine and nibbles will be served look out for more details nearer the time. Over the same weekend the Wigtownshire radio amateur club along with Dumfries and Galloway Raynet Group will be holding a special events radio station and transmiiting on a special callsign around the world.


On the weekend of 13th 14th 15th April 2012, the Blackwood & District Amateur Radio Society, formerly the Blackwood Transmitters Club; founded 1927, will be operating a special event station GB100GGM from the Gelligroes Mill at Pontllanfraith near Blackwood in Gwent. The Mill is a 17th century Water Mill and was home to the Moore family.

Gelli Groes Mill

The link between the Titanic and an old Welsh Water Mill was the eldest son Arthur (Artie) Moore (1887 – 1949) who being a wireless experimenter using his home brew, crude radio equipment on that fateful night, received a faint Morse code transmission: “CQD CQD SOS de MGY Position 41.44N 50.24W Require Immediate assistance Come at once We have struck an iceberg Sinking We are putting the women off in the boats” He continued to copy out the signals he was receiving, not believing what he was writing down, the final signal was: “Come quickly as possible old man, our engine room is filling up to the boilers” Artie raced to inform the locals and the constabulary of the dreadful news but they did not believe him. That was, until two days later when it was confirmed in the national press. This confirmed that Artie had received the transmissions. As Artie had said that the old CQD, was used alongside the new SOS, by the Titanic radio operators. New York Times The reception of these transmissions, by Artie is believed to be the only land-based reception in the UK and possibly in the World as they were relayed to Newfoundland by other ships. On hearing of Artie, Marconi met him and employed him within his company as a draughtsman. In 1932 Artie patented the “Echo meter” an early form of Sonar. The history of Artie and the Mill can be found on various internet sites including the club website station will operae phone and cw from the Mill over the weekend using the call GB100GGM. The station and mill will be open to all visitors in conjunction with the present mill owner Mr David Constable and Caerphilly County Borough Council. If you wish to visit the Mill the postcode is NP12 2HY. By road leave junction 28 M4 travel A467 to Newbridge then A472 towards Blackwood then follow brown tourist signs to candle workshop and mill.

GB0TI – Lichfield – 15th April 2012

Llocal radio amateurs in Lichfield have been granted a license to run a Special Event Station to mark the 100th anniversary of the loss of the RMS Titanic and its Master, Captain E.J. Smith. A national committee commissioned and raised funds for the sculpturing of a bronze statue of Captain Smith and chose Lichfield as its location,due to its central location and good rail links with Liverpool and London. The statue was unveiled in 1914 in Beacon Park, Lichfield, and recently it has been renovated with a lottery grant. The station expects to start operations on 40 metres and runs from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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