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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

KPH: Maritime Radio History

That's OM Dick Dillman at the controls of maritime radio station KPH in Bolinas, California. Bob, W8SX, sent me an mp3 recording of a show that Dick did for public radio station KWMR. It is about the magic of radio, and about the efforts of Dick and his friends to preserve an important element of radio history. You will also hear about spy stations, the Linconshire poacher, SKY KING and much more. You guys will like this program. It will fit nicely in those iPods and mp3 players:


More info on station KPH can be found here:



  1. Hello Bill,

    This is one of the finest links ever!! SMOKING!

    I listened to it twice and wish I lived by KPH...


  2. Thanks Bill! I had the great good fortune to visit both KPH locations on the Pt. Reyes Peninsula the Saturday after last Thanksgiving. We started at the Bolinas transmitting site, where we saw and heard at least five transmitters each pouring out kilowatts of CW, and saw the original Marconi building, where spark and alternator transmitters once roared. Check these videos out: http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=ksm+kph+transmitter

    Then we went 20 miles north to the receiving station, where Dick Dillman gave our family a personal tour during breaks in his operation of KSM, which is the current callsign held by the volunteer group. His expert fist keyed the building full of transmitters down in Bolinas.

    This station with its expert operators was a vital hub of global communications through most of the 20th century, connecting North America with Pacific Rim cities and ships at sea. Luckily, KPH is in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, so its buildings and antenna farms are preserved. Some of the veteran operators formed the volunteer society which preserves and operates this treasure. They have a another rich website with photos, videos and history: http://www.radiomarine.org/

    73 de KC7IT

  3. REally interesting! Thanks!

    73 de GDL JAL MX


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