Patos Island Radio History

Our Board Member, OJ Loughhead is a Ham (among many other things) and I will post his informational research on this page. This is a work in process, so please be patient as I add all of his information. This is his post from January, 2016:


Bill remembers that Patos Light had the callsign NMW19 after the War. (I’m still trying to find all the others.) The main NMW was “USCG Seattle Radio Station” – although it was in Westport on the coast near the Grays Harbor Lighthouse. (NMW Westport closed in 1973. USCG Group Astoria now uses the callsign. NOW is Group Pt. Angeles.)

In the “Old Days” Hams and Shortwave Listeners just listening could send a signal report to radio stations (almost any radio station – commercial, military or amateur) and get a QSL Card! QSL is one of the Q Signals used with Morse Code (and sometimes vocal) to abbreviate communications. QSL = “Do you acknowledge receipt?”, or, “I acknowledge receipt.”

QSL Card – basically a Post Card. I found a site with someone who was a bit maniacal… I mean serious:

My listening and reports after that first season were a mixed bag over the years.  I did do a lot of listening on the 2 MHz marine band and picked up quite a few QSL’s from coast stations and from ships.  Here are selected coast stations including US Coast Guard, US Army in Alaska, Commercial Marine Operators (telephone service), and Canadian marine radio stations.   Starting with US Coast Guard here they are.  By the way, most of the 3 letter Coast Guard stations are now either gone completely or are downgraded from Radio Stations… I think there are only 3 or 4 left in 2008.

(a quick selection – West Coast “M” Stations only and Kodiak) (closed) (Pt. Reyes, primary Pacific) (operated remotely from Pt. Reyes) (closed) (closed)

and my favorite, (closed, Sept. 18, 2015)

Some Hams might request a SASE and/or a “Green Stamp” (a dollar bill) to cover costs. (Just looked; Postcards are now $.35!)

73 (Best Regards) DE (“this is”) AD7DR, OJ, Lopez Island