The High Seas Stations
The emphasis of this site is on documenting the history of radio on the Great Lakes and inland rivers. Though my original intent for this page was to provide only a listing of the high-seas stations and some links to more information about them on other sites I recently found (2013) that many of the external links were dead. Thanks to the Internet Archive I have recovered some of the missing pages and even added other information that has been long gone from the Internet. Additionally, several new external sites were added. Please send corrections, additions, links etc.
Above: Unknown CW station (probably not
Great Lakes) estimated to be about 1920
Right: Unknown lady operator at a 1920s CW station (probably not Great Lakes). The nameplate on the gear
above her head says "Marconi Wireless Telegraph."
The Big Four - Radiotelephone
a 1993 Frequency List for the
high seas radiotelephone stations.
Mobile Alabama - Listed first because its still
operating as the main station in a four station network
operated by Shipcom
following three were operated by AT&T and went silent in 1999.
The FCC Discontinue Order.
WOO New York - Four pages of photos from the TX site at Ocean Gate, NJ with receivers and control at One page of photos from the RX site at Manahawkin, NJ. The two long links are to Internet Archive captures of the pages which have been removed from the original site.
calls from WOO (and perhaps WOM) to the land-line telephone system. The ship-to-shore
switchboard is 106 (the 4th one from the left). At the very rear is a board showing the ships at sea.
Clicking on the photo will show a very detailed version.
Article 1/12/2017 - Historic AT&T high seas radio station WOO to be demolished
K2TI, Robert P. Disbrow's excellent AT&T's High Seas Radiotelephone Service page .
Paul Thurst's article about ship-to-shore radiotelephone, CW and USCG radio.
Here's a digital format 1991 Traffic List & Weather report from WOO.
A page of photos of KMI, KFS and KPH from a 2003 visit.
Other Radiotelephone Stations
There are many
others that could be listed
There are many others that could be listed here also, but here is some information on WCC and KPH: WCC article (In two parts) More on WCC-Chatham Both articles retrieved from the dead via the Internet Archive.
Maritime Radio Historical Society home of several marine radio station and ship radio restoration projects.
Except as noted here most of the site's content is in the public domain.