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  • David Ring
    While we discussed a possible recording of Titanic s SOS, I remembered that I had discovered an old recording on the Tinfoil recordings site and had
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2007
      While we discussed a possible recording of Titanic's SOS, I remembered
      that I had "discovered" an old recording on the Tinfoil recordings
      site and had exchanged email with the owner. The Tinfoil web page is
      here: http://www.tinfoil.com/cm-0406.htm

      With the help of some of the R/O List members - chiefly Lake Trump -
      R/O from WKR Nome, Alaska and AT&T telegrapher (wire Morse Code!), we
      were able to decode the message.

      Here is the recording: http://www.tinfoil.com/cm/200406/morse-code~.ram

      Here is what it says:

      . JOE JEFFRIES OWES JACK JOHNSON A GOOD DEAL OF MONEY. THAT IS HE
      HAS MADE A FORTUNE THROUGH HIS RELATIONS WITH THE COLORED CHAMPION. IN
      FACT THE CALIFORNIAN HAS CLEANED UP $62218.28 SINCE NOV 17 ALL BECAUSE
      THE NEGRO FIGHTER INSISTED THAT THE RETIRED CHAMPION AGREE TO MEET HIM
      IN A FISTIC CONTEST. 1 235 46789 342156.

      American Morse was used on USA wireless telegraph stations until about
      1920. During that time period, the USA Department of Commerce who
      licensed Radio Operators, tested commercial operators in both both
      codes. They used American Morse for USA ships, and Continental
      (International) Morse for other countries ships.

      Additional recordings are on this page: http://www.normanfield.com/morse.htm

      I remember one recording had the OLD symbol for PERIOD which was sent
      just as three groups of double dots - or like: I I I Three letter
      " I " sent together.

      I remember, Don de Neuf, WA1STO (SK) - former Press Wireless President
      - mentioned to me that he had sent a message to a Japanese station and
      used symbol for period.

      The Japanese station copied this transmission of: "N.Y.C." as NIII
      YIII CIII - which really confused the person in NYC who finally
      received the telegram!

      I believe the Charles Apgar, W2MN recording which is on our recordings
      page has a station sending III for period.

      During the 1980s there was a Press Wireless (PREWI) group that met on
      14,115 kHz near where the SOWP net was held. Don de Neuf, WA1STO,
      Dalt Bergstedt, W6AUH and a N5??? who sent with a keyboard - but who
      was one of Press Wireless highest speed operators - met daily. I used
      to enjoy speaking to them. I can't remember the N5??? - if anyone
      does, let me know.

      73

      DR

      =30=
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