|On February 1'st, 1999, radio-telegraph
service on board ships was ended. The radio officers were no longer needed
and left the ships, and the majority of coast-stations stopped their services.
The grand era of the transmission of messages by Morse code had lasted
almost 100 years .
Former German ship's radio officer Sylvester Föcking (DH4PB) distributed more than 700 copies of his CD-album "Radio Telegraphy Worldwide News." In many letters the OM's confessed that they listened to the recordings with "tears in their eyes," and raved about the tremendous periods of this profession.
To prevent oblivion of a total profession, he - together with ex-colleagues Rolf Marschner (DL9CM) and (Dutchman) Hans Polak (NL 9694 and ex-PCH) collected funny, sad and unbelievable stories of colleagues from all over the world to publish them - after 1½ years - in a book, titled:
|"Sparks what's going on?"
In 300 pages, A5 format, 64 colleagues
from 20 nations tell more than one hundred, partly illustrated, stories
in the English language.
There is something for everybody -
perhaps self-experienced - and for EUR 13.00 (+ postage and packing) really
affordable. The publishing of this book is on a non-profit basis, and the
authors willingly declined the author's fee. However, we will make a gift:
This gift may be done to preserve the memory of sea-wireless radio, i.e.
to a museum or another means of preservation concerning radio communication
at sea, or radio officer's lives.
The cheapest way to mail the item
would be by " German Book Rate" -- it takes quite a while to arrive, (approx.
4-6 weeks overseas and 10 days Europe ) but it is the most inexpensive
method to send books. It costs € 4.50 EURO for Europe/World
We ship the book with the special book-rate 4,50 Euro shipping +13,00 Euro book + 0,50 Euro packing -------------------------------- 18,00 Euro approx 23 US$ (today's exchange rate) After receipt of the Book you send the money to a Bank number in the USA, (for Europe in Germany) or via PayPal or we find an other way. - please no money-order or other cheques - the fee is too high to cash it. Sorry no credit-cards possible If you have any questions concerning the payment, please. don't hesitate to contact me.
In the meantime we shipped more than 660 copies worldwide