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Re: [CW] Re: SOS de MGY - Titanic - Real? or Fake?

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  • David Ring
    I tried so hard to get all the reasons that I forgot one of the most convincing ones -- a professional would have sent the signal of distress as it was stated
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 23, 2007
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      I tried so hard to get all the reasons that I forgot one of the most
      convincing ones -- a professional would have sent the signal of
      distress as it was stated in the radio convention which just specified
      a signal of three dots, three dashes, three dots, sent as one
      continuous group.

      No mention was made of "SOS" at all at the Berlin Convention or in the
      Marconi circular letters.

      Also the mention of "can't hear because of steam" would have been in
      response to a signal sent by someone else. There were NO other
      signals at all on the recording, nor were there any atmospherics
      heard. The speed is too high and is contrary to what Harold Bride
      (2nd R/O) testified to later.

      I think we all - and I would especially - love to know this recording
      as a genuine recording of events, but it just isn't - it would have
      surfaced, Spud in his research would have heard some trace of that
      story when he talked to old time operators from the area. Was one of
      those operators there when Titanic signaled her distress, Spud? A
      young man of 20 in 1912 could have been alive another 60 years or so.

      Did I miss any of the objections, Gentlemen? Was there a compelling
      reason that I overlooked that showed the recording to be genuine?

      There were many emails both on lists and private - I knew I forgot
      something. Sorry about that.

      73

      David Ring, N1EA
      =30=

      On Dec 23, 2007 1:44 PM, Paul Carreiro, N6EV <N6EV@...> wrote:
      > Correct me if I'm wrong.. but another inconsistency in the recording
      > is the SOS is sent incorrectly as three separate characters, as
      > opposed to the established prosign version with the 9 elements strung
      > together as one character. That's the way it has been sent by
      > mariners since its implementation in 1908.
      >
      > Fake or real.. it's always interesting to hear a spark signal.
      >
      > 73 es ZUT / ZAO
      > Paul N6EV
      > FISTS #1407
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    • Ed Tanton
      Thanks for this David. I greatly appreciate not just the information, but the obvious passion you reflect for our hobby, our (most of us anyway) preferred
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 23, 2007
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        Thanks for this David. I greatly appreciate not just the information, but
        the obvious passion you reflect for our hobby, our (most of us anyway)
        preferred mode, and your professional experience.

        I think that, perhaps, this is what distinguishes the CW mode today in such
        stark comparison to other hams of today's generation: our passion for our
        mode; our constant efforts to improve our selves in our usage of it; and our
        sheer pleasure in that usage.

        Not just a pursuit of something we take pleasure in, but truly a continual
        pursuit of excellence.


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