Re: [cw_bugs] Re: [skcc] Re: SOS de MGY - Titanic - Real? or Fake?
- Interesting comments.
I, by chance, converted the recording to an mp3 with just enough bandwidth
to accomplish a clean output. This of course removed the noise. The result
was PERFECTLY timed code. i.e. It sounded machine generated.
> I have questions about this: The speed...im ok with a straight key, imLiviu Librescu - În veci pomenirea lui.
> sure there are some old timers who are exceptional at it, but if that
> was being sent with a straight key...wow! the dits were perfect, at
> least bug quality...im not so sure even the best telegrapher would be so
> perfectly consistent. He would have to have arms like Popeye! But im
> definately open to the possibility...so this one is plausible, but still
> questionable. The conditions...I agree with another poster who
> mentioned a lack of QSB or other atmospheric anomalies. Also plausible,
> but just how good were the front end receivers of the era...most boat
> anchor owners will tell you, the rx is the first to suffer on those old
> rigs, even the big ones like MCE. The recording...this one stands out
> more than others. I make a living recording things and i was wondering
> the most about this. The signal was solid, the recording was solid, the
> year was 1912...how good was A) the receiver, B) the recording
> equipment, and C) the luck of the op to stumble across this signal when
> no other ship was around and/or answering...enough to set up a recording
> device that could record that clearly and on such short notice. This is
> not only possible today, but easy...im not so sure it was all that easy
> in 1912, but again, i could be wrong. The significance...The sinking of
> the RMS Titanic was a HUGE deal. If someone had recorded the actual
> sinking, i would have to think that this would have been made public
> long ago, if for nothing else, the investigation of the White Star Lines
> operational practices...the SOS call would have been of immense
> especially if it was recorded from a commercial station, this would have
> been huge for them. How many actual SOS recordings were floating around
> in 1912? The high profile of the sinking would also be motivation for
> making a replica years later (especially since all the movies that have
> been made since) and trying to pass it off as real...its a lot more
> exciting than say, the recording of a tanker sinking in 1973. This one
> would garner lots of attention for the person who first presented it,
> and sooner or later it would make its way to the ham radio community as
> it has, where it would face certain scrutiny...as it is. I am not
> buying it at first glance, but i truly like being wrong. If this ends up
> being proven to be the actual sinking then this is exciting stuff. But
> im going to have to stick with my gut feeling...its a fake. 73...Adam,
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> From: "David Ring"
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> Subject: [cw_bugs] Re: [skcc] Re: SOS de MGY - Titanic - Real? or
> Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2007 02:22:59 -0500
> Someone suggested that the recording was false because:
> The signal strength stayed the same throughout the transmission.
> Rarely is there propagation where there isn't some QSB noticeable
> (however faint) in a transmission of that length.
> Here is some more information:
> The frequency in use was 600 meters - the distance from Titanic to
> Cape Race Radio / MCE (using just the present location of Cape Race,
> Newfoundland as I don't know the exact QTH of MCE) is
> 366 statute miles, 318 nautical miles or 589 nautical miles. The
> bearing from Titanic/MGY was 339 degrees true.
> At such a distance, fading (QSB) was very rare except for a sudden
> ionospheric disturbance or aurora.
> David N1EA
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