Coming Events & blasts from the past!

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.

Coming events!

The calendar for 2020 is in the making! The main event will be a showing of the WGBH America Experience video "Rescue at Sea" to kick off a series of summer activities about the use of wireless in rescues at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center. Dates and times to be determined.

Blasts from the past!

(there's something each year!)

Marconi and Binns on German TV

In 2019, as part of a series on life saving techniques for German television, Sven Hecker and Robert Cöllen filmed a segment featuring Marconi and Jack Binns at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center. Was thrilled to be able to participate!

Principessa Elettra Marconi at the Marconi Beach US Park Service Headquarters, June 2018

Was privileged to join Marconi's daughter for lunch during her visit at the site.

Principessa Elettra and Virginia Lovelace

April 13-22, 2017

The Cape Cod National Seashore was host for a series of events celebrating the development of wireless, from the early days of Marconi's efforts at trans-Atlantic communication to the sinking of the Titanic. A feature of the program was a showing of the film about Jack Binns produced by PBS, Rescue at Sea, at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. I was there to provide commentary and to answer questions, and was thrilled to meet so many people with an interest in ham radio and in the Republic. Don Wilding from Wicked Local in Orleans, Cape Cod, interviewed me: see Wonderful day and so grateful to Barbara Dougan of the National Park Service for inviting me.

To find out more about the International Marconi Day events go to: the Calendar of the Cape Cod National Seashore;
 and for info on the ham radio activities on International Marconi Day, go to:
 the wireless station at Wellfleet; and here's the link for the PBS show Rescue at Sea: PBS/American Experience/Rescue at Sea.

Image: The Marconi Towers on Cape Cod at the beginning of the 20th century, now destroyed by erosion.


 May 20th, 2016

John Dilks

John Dilks (K2TQN) gave 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!"


Martin Bayerle and Virginia Lovelace

In February/March 2016, The History Channel aired the extraordinary story of Martin Bayerle. He's in this photo with yours truly, with one of the Republic's anchors that he retrieved from the ocean behind us-it's at the spectacular Marine Museum at Fall River, Rhode Island. Martin's quest for the billions in gold coins that may have sunk with the Republic, is laid out 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...


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

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).


Marconi Beach, January 23, 2009

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!

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.

Image: Marconi Beach, Cape Cod, January 23rd, 2009, by Evera