Support the MRHS

We need your help.  It's as simple as that.

Our small group is now responsible for a facility that once required dozens to maintain.

We have funded everything from the costs for rewinding transformers to purchasing power tubes for the transmitters from our own packets - and we feel privileged to do so.

But the larger projects we now face, such as antenna restoration, are beyond our personal means.

Won't you help?  Your donation is tax deductable and we promise to get the most out of every dollar we receive.

Most important, you'll know you have helped keep the traditions of maritime radio alive.

Just click on the button below or send a check to:

Maritime Radio Historical Society

PO Box 392

Point Reyes Station, Ca 94956


Thanks and VY 73...


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Centennial Banquet

Here's something you won't want to miss.  On Friday 19 September there will be a centennial Banquet at the Marconi Conference Center in Marshall, CA.

This banquet and presentation will be held in the renovated powerhouse at the original Marconi receiving station site on the scenic east shore of Tomales Bay. Mingle for drinks on the terrace overlooking the bay and then enjoy a banquet in the historic atmosphere to celebrate the first trans-Pacific wireless transmission across the Pacific to Hawaii in September of 1914. The event is a fund raiser for the Maritime Radio Historical Society. Tickets are $100 for full admittence to the banquet and the presentation.  The benefit supports ongoing efforts by the MRHS in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve and restore the historic equipment and operations at the radio sites and make them available for public tours and education. President of the Maritime Radio Historical Society, Richard Dillman will be the featured speaker.

Click below to purchase tickets for this event.  There are only 45 places available at the banquet so get your ticket order in early.

Eventbrite - Marconi Centennial Banquet


Night of Nights 2014

Night of Nights 2014 was a great success.  There were crowds of visitors and lots of stations on the air.

We'll post a report here as soon as we can gather together the photos and signal reports. 

Meanwhile you should probably subscribe to the Newsletter (see above) for updates and other MRHS events.

Who We Are

Let's be honest... We're a bunch of radio squirrels.  And very lucky radio squirrels at that.  We inhereted the last remaining Morse code coast station in North America.  It was off the air but it was an intact time capsule.

We made the restoration of KPH to operational status our life's work.  That was back in 1999 - the year the last commercial Morse code message in the U.S. was supposedly sent.

Through the trust and vision of the Point Reyes National Seashore we were given permission to begin our project of restoration, documentation and operation.  And we've never looked back.

As True Believers in the importance of our maritime radio heritage we have tried to research and document every aspect of the field.  Our area of specialization is the coast stations, ships and companies of the west coast of the United States. But anything to do with maritime radio anywhere in the world is of interest to us.

Dedicated MRHS volunteers are busy with the preservation, restoration and repair of the historic artifacts with which we have been entrusted.  That work is the foundation on which the real goal of our project rests.  That goal is to assure that the culture, techniques and traditions of the men and women who came before us are not forgotten.  We feel that the best way to achieve that goal is through actual on the air operations.

We look forward to visits by fellow True Believers in the importance of the preservation of our radio heritage.  Please see the Contact Us section for full detail about visiting us.  Or subscribe to our Newsletter using the form above for up to date information.

We invite you to peruse these pages for details of our work and of radio history.  And we wish you fair winds and following seas.

VY 73,


Night of Nights 2014

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