Seascout-Net Mail Archive for February of 1999: Something else with nothing to do with Sea Scouts?
Something else with nothing to do with Sea Scouts?
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 23:40:03 +0000
As technology marches on, old methods and traditions become obsolete. This
is inevitable and must not impede the developement of new, better or faster
techniques of communication, propulsion, medical treatment, etc. However,
now and then, the news of some casualty of progress may cause not
necessarily the shedding of a tear, but just a slight tug at the
I have just read in today's <IrishTimes> - the wireless telegraphy
(Morse Code) services of the European Coastal Radio Stations have ceased.
The last 4 stations providing this service all "signed off" last night,
starting with Ostend (Belgium) at 23.30, then Lyngby (Denmark), Reykjavik
(Iceland) and Valentia (Ireland) just after midnight.
Valentia is an island off the coast of County Kerry which became the
European terminus for the Transatlantic cable in 1865. The Marconi W/T
station was set up there in 1914. Later, R/T services were developed and
of course these still continue. The developement of better MF R/T, GMDSS
(Global Maritime Distress and Safety System), satellite communications and
EPIRBs has made W/T and the Morse Code obsolete in this section of maritime
The last Morse code message from a European Coastal Station said - "THIS
IS VALENTIA RADIO EJK SIGNING OFF ON WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY. SLAN LIBH GO
Yes, I think just a slight tug at the heart-strings.
8th Port of Dublin Sea Scouts
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