In the year 1977 radio amateurs of the German Federal Republic who in the
past used to serve in radio communication of the German navy, established
the group “Marinefunker-Runde”, or, “Still operating former navy radio
operators group”. However, during 30 years of existence the club turned
then into the association “Marinefunker-Runde e.V.” (or: “MF-Runde e.V.”).
The association welcomed soon as members radio operators of the merchant
fleet, fishing fleet and other fleets as well as radio operators of
maritime and official communication services. Pleasure boat skippers with
sea licence and amateur radio licence were also entitled to get a MF-Runde
membership. Prerequisite is any way an amateur radio licence both as
transmitting radio amateur or as a shortwave listener. Our constitution
allows also in some extraordinary cases a very limited number of non-maritime
radio amateurs, and, of course, disabled radio amateurs as members.
Also members of museum ship radio crews are entitled to get a MF-Runde membership.
The change of the association was 2006 clearly evident, when a former
merchant fleet radio officer has been elected as Chairman instead of so
far navy origin members.
MF-Runde e.V. cooperates with Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) and
Deutscher Marinebund (DMB), and, participates at the Amateur Radio Round
As a fellowship of radio amateurs we get regularly together in a number
of radio nets. Although many of us maintain with a passion their skills
of radio telegraphy (CW), our major phone (SSB) radio net at Sunday mornings
shows that the number of “speakers” predominates.
During weekends we transmit at Saturdays (CW) and Sundays (SSB) a quite
informative weekly bulletin. For this we did establish a system of
Traffic Masters (TM) who handle the net participant’s registrations,
the transmission of the bulletin and the participant’s confirmations (ZAP).
Highlights of our association’s life are our several days lasting annual
meetings, and the annual MF-Runde Radio Activity Weekend. MF-Runde issues
a serie of attractive maritime awards. In cooperation with international
sister societies we participate actively in international maritime radio
events, e.g. the Naval Contest.
MF-Runde has worldwide more than 380 members – among them several radio
stations on-board museum ships.
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