preserving and presenting the
history of radio's use on the Great Lakes
and Mississippi River system
(or perhaps KTRE?) - Union Barge Line Photo
The Inland Marine Radio History Archive is a web-based cooperative research "organization" which one "joins" by contributing information to the Archive. "Organization" and "joins" should be taken very loosely here as there are no dues, no roster of members, no officers, but contributors are recognized and credited. It's strictly a non-profit project and monetary contributions are not sought.
Our purpose here is to document and place in the Public Domain some of the 1930s to 1990s history of marine radio - the AM and SSB shortwave radiotelephone used for ship-to-shore communications with towboats on the Mississippi, Ohio and other inland rivers and with the bulk-carriers and freighters on the Great Lakes. The emphasis will be on the 10 large Public Coast stations that provided this service. Some attention will also be given to earlier CW operation, these stations' later VHF-FM systems, and to government and Canadian stations. This project is being undertaken because this era should not be allowed pass into almost complete oblivion without some better recognition of these fine stations and the dedicated people ("The Crew") who manned them. Much of the information about this use of radio has likely already been lost, but with the help of veterans of the era and knowledgeable visitors to the site some of what remains can be preserved and many sources of additional information can be identified.
Note that this project is as
much about the people involved in the era and
their recollections of it as it is about buildings, radio gear and
antennas. Information for "The Crew" pages is very much
desired and those pages are as important as any other information about
Update - 1/17/2009
The site is
now 3.5 years old, and the slow but steady increase in content
continues. There were 38 additions - some major, some minor - to the
What's New Page in 2008. My thanks to all who have
material. Most of the stations have now had at least one
who was associated with the station, contribute material.
The site is still a "work-in-progress," but there is now solid information content for all of the stations. However, I still have many questions and requests (highlighted by green italics). If you have applicable information, your help would be appreciated. While a few pages are still somewhat rough and unorganized the 2007 changeover to the fixed-width layout has allowed better layout control and helped standardize the page appearance no matter what width monitor is used. Thanks to all the contributors, there's now much to view. So click on some of the links on the drop-down menu, or in the index tables below, and enjoy! Please come back often to follow our progress. The What's New button at the top of this page makes it easy for returning visitors to find the new content, and the Site Search function at the bottom of this page should be helpful also.
Many of the images on this site have both a small version (on the page) and larger version (viewed by clicking on the smaller one) . These Photo Viewing tips will help you get the most out of the images on the site.
The tables below duplicate
the drop-down menu links and are provided for those who have disabled
Java Script on their browser. Many of the
indexed pages have sub-pages, and there are links to other
sites when appropriate. The status columns are your guide to
the completeness of the page's content with 1 being rough draft with
little data and 9 being fairly complete. Tables updated on
01/17/2009 to indicate the improved status of the pages.
|Overviews and Other Information|
|Inland Marine Communications||4|
|People & Their Recollections ("The Crew")||5|
|Shipboard Gear & Its Maintenance||5|
|The Great Lakes Stations|
|WAD||Port Washington, WI||1939||1975||5|
|WLC||Rogers City, Michigan||1922||1997||8|
|The Inland Rivers Stations|
|WCM||Pittsburgh, PA & Cincinnati, OH||1951||1995||8|
|WGK||St. Louis, MO||<1946||<1994||3|
|Marine HF Utility Stations (Company Stations)||4|
|List of and links to High Seas Stations (Little content for now)||3|
|Credits and Kudos||n/a|
|Links and Other Resources||5|
Please visit K4ZAD's Radio Information Site, a few pages of other radio/electronics related information on a sub-domain of this site.
Except as noted here most of the site's content is in the public domain.