Brief summary of TM1EJ activity 2 and 3 June 2012
L'article du quotidien ''SUD OUEST'' dont il est question ci dessous est disponible en français page 15 du qst/mm72 cliquer sur:

369 QSO’s have been made. Nearly all Europeans countries, but also JA1, VK, VA, W, YV etc. etc. Thanks to 250 W Skanti Marine Xmitter that we were using and long wire antenna. The Skanti is property of Gerard/F5YD ex FFL/Saint Lys Radio. The antenna had been installed by F6EEL, F6FFS, F6AXV, arrived on friday 1st and by F6CVK who lives near la Rochelle. As far as I know the antenna is still in place for next activity! Hi!
Let me remind you of the fact that our aim was to permit to amateur stations all over the world to contact one more ship museum rather than looking for ship museums ourselves. However we were very pleased to contact some museums ships as our friends from club station F6KBG in St Nazaire who were activating submarine ‘’Espadon’’.  
On opposite, F5YD transmitting with his genuIine Vibroplex in front of Skanti's remote control.
In front of him also F6EEL's electronic keyer.
There was also an article in local  well known newspaper ''Sud Ouest'' signed by Philippe Baroux. Find below the translation into English. The photo below showing from left to right F6AXV, F6GIN, F6CVK was shot by Pascal Couillaud. Thanks to both of them for having visited us on board the weather frigate.
 ‘’France 1’’ is again linked to the rest of the world!

About one hundred of museums ships are on air to celebrate Museum Ships week end.

The radio room of ‘’France1’’ is resounding with a broken up music of dots and dashes. Which is looking like  an incomprehensible pidgin language for a layman in the field is in fact morse code. Holding  in his hand a small console the operator can talk to the rest of the world. Either Henri Van Heffen, André Cordier or Gérard Clarac, these greying heads are smiling like kids having found again their electric train! These ex professional radios have been  participating to the Museum ship event for the entire week end. It’s an all around the world activity which gather via radio waves, 98 museum ships, among them the finest vessel of la Rochelle’s Maritime Museum. Others are warships, tugs, air craft carriers, weather frigates, paddle wheel ships or research vessels.

The aim: link up men by force of habit  as these radio guys used to do when they were active and with their skill in using science of short waves communications. This is not a contest indicates Henri Van Heffen, former radio officer on board a tanker. Last year we’ve realized hundred of qso’s. Last Saturday, a few minutes only after the first message had been sent, we had already made a dozen of contacts.

  Weather informations:

  What do we exchange in morse code? first of all ‘’Good day’’,  then we indicate also strength of signal,  quality of telegraphic message, quality of tune. They are perfectionists who remember how essential was their role for ship’s life. Announcement of a birth, decease was always passing through their radio room. For a birth announcement, the radio transmitted directly and confidentially the information to the concerned sailor. For a death notice, he had to inform the Captain who took all necessary measures.

 On board ‘’France 1” three radios were keeping watch at the same time. They were swamped with work because they had to transmit weather information explains Gérard Clarac, who was involved in  this job in French Navy. There was no satellite facilities then, and the frigate had to stay in open sea at the same position, waiting for a relief every 30 days.


Philippe Baroux


translated by F6GIN (apologies for my scholar English)

 See below a nice photo rcvd fm F6FFS/Christian ex CRO of FNEJ who had been on board last week end (15/16 sept 2012) for a special French event ''Journees du Patrimoine'' (Patrimony Day).

Ci dessous une belle photo que je viens de recevoir de Christian/F6FFS ex Chef Rdo du FNEJ qui était à bord le week end dernier durant les journées du Patrimoine (15/16 sep 2012)

go to photo album 2 (click below)