Press Release: Titanic Honors Radio Heros

Branson, MO—From the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, MO to other points around the world, ham radio operators using call sign W0S will pay tribute to the brave men who used a Marconi radio to signal for help when the mighty Titanic went down at sea 97 years ago on April 14th, 1912.

The 3rd Annual W0S Special Event will take place at the Titanic Museum Attraction’s free outdoor entertainment center from 8am-7pm Saturday, April 11, 2009.

“We want to continue to honor the Titanic radio crew that sent the sinking distress signal immediately after the ship hit the iceberg. Without these radio transmissions, many additional lives would have been lost that night,” said Rod Kittleman, spokesperson for the hams. “ They represent what Ham radio operators do today, help save lives during disasters.”

The special call sign, W0S, stands for “White Star,” the name of the company that built the Titanic. Detailed information and media gallery is available on the station’s website.

The World’s Largest TITANIC Museum Attraction opened in 2006 and has become a landmark Branson tourist destination. The 17,000 square foot ship-shaped structure—built half scale to Titanic’s original size—towers more than 100 feet above its anchored position on the Branson Strip. A 90-minute, self-guided tour covers 20 galleries on two decks where more than 400 priceless artifacts that once belonged to Titanic’s passengers or crew are on display. None of the artifacts were retrieved from the ocean’s floor.

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