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Location: near Portland, Maine, USA
|Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:05 am Post subject:
|I just discovered a better BBC podcast link re the Titanic sinking. The program name is "Titanic - In Her Own Words".
This is a 42-minute version of the previously described BBC Witness program/podcast dramatization of the wireless traffic that occurred after the iceberg impact. It is so haunting and moving to listen to the (dramatized) Morse code messages...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/discovery (scroll down to the Titanic episode).
A direct link to the episode in mp3 format is here:
At the time, the "SOS" emergency code was new, and the "CQD" code was in common use. CQD seems to mean "calling all stations, emergency distress". So, the Titanic broadcast both codes. Unfortunately, the only ship near enough to help quickly didn't have an on-duty wireless operator at the time, so its Captain didn't get the distress messages.
An American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ham radio article reviews the technical and other aspects of the Titanic's wireless setup here:
Other related links of interest are here:
Also of interest is a BBC News Magazine article about Titanicís radio operations titled Titanic: The Final Messages from a Stricken Ship.
Other info and links are:
"The RMS Titanic Radio Page has more information about the disaster from the radio perspective including the text of the radio messages." This page shows photos of the radio room, etc.
The IEEE Spectrum, a highly regarded electrical engineering society's magazine published this article about how the Titanic disaster provoked much progress in emergency radio standards and technology:
"Diffraction never sleeps"