KPH SOS Reports

All transmissions on 500kc are carefully logged.  When a SOS is received or monitored these logs are often requested as part of the inquiry into the distress.  We are very fortunate to have the SOS reports and logs from KPH from the early 1950s

Many of the log sheets are stamped KPH INT.  There were (and still are) three marine bands located in the low frequency, medium frequency and high frequency portions of the spectrum.  At the time these logs were made what we call medium frequency today was called intermediate frequency, thus the KPH INT stamp.

Some of the SOS reports refer to the raft Lehi.  The Lehi expedition was an attempt to drift from California to Hawaii.  The raft soon encountered problems and the radio operator aboard, Don Smith, kept the airwaves alive with his SOS transmissions.  The Lehi was rescued by the banana boat SS METAPAN and returned to San francisco.

The crew said they were ready for another try - all except Smith who said he had had quite enough and wanted off the raft... permanently!


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Log 10 November 1954 - Drill SOS

 Log 10 November 1954 - Drill SOS
Log 10 November 1954 - Drill SOS

Cover letter 9 August 1954

 Cover letter 9 August 1954
Cover letter 9 August 1954

Log page 1 SS EDUCATOR/ELDW 9 August 1954

 Log page 1 SS EDUCATOR/ELDW 9 August 1954
Log page 1 SS EDUCATOR/ELDW 9 August 1954

Log page 2 SS EDUCATOR/ELDW 9 August 1954

 Log page 2 SS EDUCATOR/ELDW 9 August 1954
Log page 2 SS EDUCATOR/ELDW 9 August 1954

Cover letter raft Lehi 15 July 1954

 Cover letter raft Lehi 15 July 1954
Cover letter raft Lehi 15 July 1954

News report page 1 raft Lehi 15 July 1954

News report page 1 raft Lehi 15 July 1954
News report page 1 raft Lehi 15 July 1954

News report page 2 raft Lehi 15 July 1954

 News report page 2 raft Lehi 15 July 1954
News report page 2 raft Lehi 15 July 1954

Message to Coast Guard NMC from KCUO regarding raft Lehi 15 July 1954

 Message to Coast Guard NMC from KCUO regarding raft Lehi 15 July 1954
Message to Coast Guard NMC from KCUO regarding raft Lehi 15 July 1954

Message from Coast Guard NMC to KCUO regarding raft Lehi 15 July 1954

Message from Coast Guard NMC to KCUO regarding raft Lehi 15 July 1954
Message from Coast Guard NMC to KCUO regarding raft Lehi 15 July 1954

Message to Coast Guard NMC from KWXV regarding SOS from lifeboat transmitter

 Message to Coast Guard NMC from KWXV regarding SOS from lifeboat transmitter
Message to Coast Guard NMC from KWXV regarding SOS from lifeboat transmitter

Partial message regarding raft Lehi

 Partial message regarding raft Lehi
Partial message regarding raft Lehi

KYGN reports hearing Lehi SOS QSA2 to NMC

 KYGN reports hearing Lehi SOS QSA2 to NMC
KYGN reports hearing Lehi SOS QSA2 to NMC

SS METAPAN/KUCO message to KFS regarding Lehi distress Page 1

 SS METAPAN/KUCO message to KFS regarding Lehi distress Page 1
SS METAPAN/KUCO message to KFS regarding Lehi distress Page 1

KCUO page 2

 KCUO page 2
KCUO page 2

Message from NMC - Lehi distress not ended

 Message from NMC - Lehi distress not ended
Message from NMC - Lehi distress not ended