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Titanic Goes Down a Second Time

On April 15th, 1912, the British ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean approximately 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. Now, approximately one hundred and five years later, the Titanic went down a second time, but this time as a well visited display run by the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group, Inc., at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach, FL.

Many thousands of guests, in the past four years, listened to the amateur radio group members explain what happened to the ship, and how that tragedy was the impetus that made radio so important in the future years.

With the removal of the Titanic display, new displays are coming soon. The first exciting Interactive display in the Radio Room will be “The Sights and Sounds of Radio”. The visitors will view on large screens what the various types of radio waves look and sound like before they are converted into sounds and tones heard by the operators. (What the sounds for you cell phone look and sound like before the phone converts those sounds into something the customer hears and understands, for example).

Other interactive exhibits will be Satellite Weather Reception, where the signals coming in from outer space will be converted to live video shots which will show, in real time, what the satellite is seeing. Another Exhibit coming soon is Software Defined Radio (SDR). This system replaces many of the components found in standard radios with software on a personal computer. This new system produces a radio which can receive and transmit many different radio protocols based solely on the hardware.

New displays will be up and running soon. Visitors are invited to come into the Radio Room and get “On The Air” with the group's amateur operators.

Old Titanic Exhibit

The South Florida Science Center put on a comprehensive and informative Titanic exhibit. We built a replica of the Titanic's radio room featuring a spark gap transmitter.
Replica of the radio room of the fateful ship, the Titanic
We are now preparing to wow audiences with the unveiling of a new exhibit entitled, "The Sights and Sounds of Amateur Radio".
Sign that reads "New Exhibit Coming Soon"