Below, in reverse chronological order, find out more about events since 2008 commemorating the sinking of the Republic and the role of wireless in rescues at sea.
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April 28 2016
Go hear John Dilks (K2TQN) give his multimedia presentation with photos, graphics, and even the VOICES! of wireless pioneers, including Marconi, JACK BINNS, Irving Vermila (Ham #1), Dr. Lee DeForest, Hugo Gernsback, Edwin Armstrong, and so many pioneers with their "firsts!" He'll be at the Dayton Hamvention 2016 in room 5 on Friday, May 20th, at 2:30. Not to be missed!
But if you do miss it, this summer the Antique Wireless Association is planning to sell copies of the presentation in support of the Museum.
John Dilks K2TQN
This month and next, The History Channel is airing the extraordinary story of Martin Bayerle and his quest for the billions in gold coins that may have sunk with the Republic, in a show called the "Billion Dollar Wreck." There is no doubt that the Republic affected lives for better or worse when it sank. That it continues to do so even to this day is astounding...
Here I am with Martin Bayerle, the person who found the wreck of the Republic, with one of the Republic's anchors in the background. Martin salvaged the anchor, and presented it to the Marine Museum at Fall River, Rhode Island.
April 20, 2012
The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic!
WSKG, our local public radio station, presented a short interview detailing Jack Binns' role in that disaster on April 13th. You can find the link at http://wskg.org/wskg_news/dots-and-dashes-jack-binns-and-titanic.
Virginia Lovelace, Jack Binns' granddaughter, and Evera Lovelace, his greatgranddaughter, attended the screening of the PBS American Experience documentary about Jack Binns, "Rescue at Sea," at the Cape Cod National Seashore on April 19th at 3pm, Salt Pond Visitor Center, Route 6 and Nauset Road, Eastham.
This event was a part of the National Seashore's commemorations surrounding both the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic (April 14th - 15th) , and International Marconi Day (April 15th - 21st).
The week-end of January 23rd 2009 was an extraordinary one for both amateur radio and the Binns family. While more than a thousand people either played a part in the special event stations or contacted them, many more people heard interviews on BBC radio or read about the event in newspapers and on the Internet!
The links below lead to many of these reports.
Then the summer of 2009 was filled with events commemorating the first large scale rescue in open sea coordinated by wireless, including museum exhibits, presentations, and publications.
Marconi Beach, January 23, 2009. Photo by Evera.
This page has the link to a soundbite:
As of March 5, 2009
Below is information about the Special Event Stations that were working the week-end of January 23rd through 25th. You can follow the links to reports and videos. It was an extraordinary week-end, with thousands of contacts made, from all over the world!
In the UK:
Scunthorpe Steel Amateur Radio Club, Scunthorpe, UK
- GB5CQD - on the `air` for 48 hours continuous from Friday
to Sunday evening - more than 500 contacts, including New Zealand, Australia & Canada!
- Three station `rigs`: two on HF using CW & SSB & one on VHF 2 metres
- The Deputy Mayor of North Lincolnshire and two councillors attended the event, enjoyed a buffet lunch, and learned about "The Special Life of a Briggensian" (Jack Binns was born in Brigg, which is next door to Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire)
- In charge: John Allen
- Website: www.g4fuh.co.uk. Go to this website, and click on GB5CQD in the left hand column to see photos of the event!
- Videos of the event can be found on YouTube at:
Italian Naval Old Rhythmers Club (INORC), Loano, Italy
As of January 1, 2009
Tompkins County Amateur Radio Club, Ithaca, NY, USA
Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society, Chelmsford, UK -
Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham, MA, USA
Scunthorpe Steel Amateur Radio Club, Scunthorpe, UK -
IEEE "Virtual Museum"
As of December 31, 2009
As of December 31, 2008
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