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NSC was the first exposure to Morse Code for thousands of Brooklynites. If you tuned your AM radio to the very bottom of the broadcast band, even without a BFO, the rockcrusher signal was there.....sending the same text over, and over, and over .....

V V V . V V V . V V V . de . NSC NSC . W W W . AR . . . (repeat)

Speculation as to the source of the signal, and it's purpose abounded, but the answer remained an enigma for years, During the Vietnam era, a chance visit to the Naval Air Station, NY (Floyd Bennett Field) solved the mystery. When NASNY had active runways, they ran a pair of navigation beacons, using the assigned call of NSC. There was an "East" and a "West" beacon, but "E" was too low in frequency to tune in on Broadcast band. An airplane would monitor both, and equalize the signals. This was the state of the art in instrument approaches in those days.

Floyd Bennett Field was decomissioned in the Seventies, and is now part of Gateways National Park. It boasts of the only Campgrounds inside NYC, and is a fantastic radio location. (WARNING: It can get buggy at night, don't forget the DEET!) It wouldn't be an exxageration to say that HUNDREDS of telegraphers heard NSC as their very first CW signal.


To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the formation of the First Class CW Operators' Club, the callsign W2FOC was aired by a number of different members during the month of May, 2013.  The original intention was to upload all logs to LoTW, however, LoTW has a problem with multiple locations for the same callsign.  If you really need a confirmation, SASE to the callbook address will be answered, bureau cards will not.

       Contacts with W2FOC during May 2013 (only) count for the FOC-75 Award - no QSL required..

Founded in 1938, and with its roots, history and management in the UK, the First Class CW Operators' Club (FOC) promotes good CW (Morse code) operating, activity, friendship and socialising via its worldwide membership of approximately 500. Members are active on all HF bands and the character of the club is best expressed in its motto:

"A man should keep his friendship in constant repair" - Samuel Johnson (1755).


  • Foster and encourage a high standard of CW operating ability and behaviour on the amateur bands.
  • Observe the licence conditions and principles of band planning.
  • Be considerate to other amateurs at all times.
  • Protect the future of the hobby through being active, encouraging newcomers and supporting a national society.

For more information including how to become a member, please visit theClub'swebsite.


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