Marconi Salvita III lifeboat transceiver

  • Power output: 3.5W
  • Mode: A2 (MCW)
  • Transmit: 500 and 8364 kHz
  • Receive: 500 kHz
  • Status: Display only
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The Salvita is a hand-cranked emergency transceiver which transmits a distress message automatically or can be keyed. It uses the (former) international calling frequency of 500 kHz as well as the lifeboat frequency of 8364 kHz but can only receive on 500.

It is intended to float, although there is some debate among former radio officers about its buoyancy.

Two automatic SOS transmitters

Two Salvita automatic SOS transmitters at Musick Memorial Radio Station

Automatic SOS transmitter

Salvita automatic SOS transmitter at Musick Memorial Radio Station

Roger Cliffe, radio officer of Gothic with the Marconi Salvita lifeboat radio he used after the ship’s radio room was destroyed by fire

Roger Cliffe, radio officer of Gothic with the Marconi Salvita lifeboat radio he used after the ship’s radio room was destroyed by fire. Photo: Evening Post. Alexander Turnbull Library