Marine Radio School Eglantine Ave Belfast circ 1956-58

Dunkwa
29th January 2009, 20:54
Any one reading who attended the above establishment in the years shown or early 1960's.Like to hear from you.

Shannoner
29th January 2009, 21:17
Any one reading who attended the above establishment in the years shown or early 1960's.Like to hear from you.

Hi Dunkwa,

I attended the Ulster Polytechnic in Jordanstown, in late 70s. A bit after your time. The Radio College in Hardcastle Street moved to the Poly when it opened in the early 70s. I have never heard of the Radio College in Eglantine Ave. Did Hardcastle Street take over from it?
There is a site for ex students of Hardcastle St. and the Poly here.

http://www.btinternet.com/~highestpub/AMERES.HTM

I haven't come across any other Belfast trained R/Os on here yet?

Regards,

Mick

Brian Davidson
3rd February 2009, 13:52
Hi Mick

I had the privilage of completing one year at Hardcastle Street before moving to Jordanstown. It was a wonderous place! Not sure when the college at Eglantine closed and moved to Hardcastle Street though. I left the Poly in 1973 when I finished the radar course.

Regards
Brian

Cyril Hamill
3rd February 2009, 14:05
I attended Hardcastle Street for PMG and Radar and left in 1962,quite a time before the school moved to Jordanstown. Eglantine Avenue was a private run establishment,not aware it combined with Hardcastle Street.Joined AEI ar sea for 3 years before direct employed with Elder Dempster leaving in January 1969 to come ashore.

Shannoner
3rd February 2009, 19:42
Hi Brian and Cyril,

The Belfast lads are starting to come out of the woodwork at last! I was at the Poly from 77 to 80, MRGC in 79 and Radar in 80.

Regards,

Mick

Maclochlainn
18th May 2009, 14:26
I was at Hardcastle street 1965 thru 67. I know that Eglantine avenue was a private school but don't know when closed. I don't think it was open in 1965. Left with just my PMG2 but ended up fixing the radar anyway. Served ten years then got married. Wish I could go back.
James MacLochlainn
Derry

K urgess
18th May 2009, 17:37
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, James.
I see you've found the radio room already.
Get to know the crew and have a good trip.

samh116
10th June 2010, 21:14
Hello all
I attended the above, if memory serves me right from 1962 till 1964 and
I think it was still open for a few more years.

Cyril Hamill
5th December 2011, 18:11
So sorry to hear of the death of Stan Rowlinson,teacher and mentor at the Radio School in Belfast.He was a true gentleman and friend to us all.Our thoughts are with Ruby and family at this time

Penny Lunn
19th December 2012, 17:31
I am trying to find my cousin, Glenn Wetherall, who studied radar in Belfast in the late 1950's (?) & was a radio officer in the 1960's. Last known ship was the ELIAS - after that my family lost contact with him, & I would dearly like to find him! Does anybody know him, or have any idea what he may have done next? I live in Cape Town , South Africa.

RayL
24th December 2012, 16:35
I guess Danny Macalea could have been trained in Belfast - an Irish guy who was on the Marconi 'Radiolocator IV' radar course in Cardiff in Sep 1966 along with a lively bunch of his pals. We all lived at the Merchant Navy Hotel during the month-long course and his name sticks in my mind because we shared a room. I remember that the course instructor was quite an elderly Welsh guy with a strong personality but also a grating, resonant voice (probably a result of the fags for he was a devoted smoker).

I had my small tape recorder with me so I still have a tape of the amusing singing session that took place in our room one day, led by Danny. The guys were good enough to have done a stage act or acts

SignalFlag
15th February 2013, 00:14
At the Marine Radio College, Eglantine Avenue 1963 - 65 then entered Grey Funnel and Gov Comms. I have retrieved from the grey matter: Senior Instructor was a Mr Brown; it was a Marconi equipped radio shack with 'Oceanspan' Tx (with no R/T), 'Reliance' emergency Tx, Atalanta Rx, 'Alert' guard Rx, 'Seaguard' auto alarm, 'Lodestone' manual D/F set with a large B/T loop aerial in the bay window and it was not secured to the deck (HSE would have a field day). There was an 'serial splitter board' which was difficult of those of us short in statue to use and a yellow dustbin - the lifeboat equipment. Our local social centres the Eglantine Arms and the Balmoral Arms. Good days.

spaarks
1st April 2013, 20:41
My brother Jack Campbell, ex-RAF, attended the Eglantine Avenue school in the early to mid 50's. I was at Hardcastle Street from 1962 to 1965.

carledgar
6th May 2014, 18:09
At the Marine Radio College, Eglantine Avenue 1963 - 65 then entered Grey Funnel and Gov Comms. I have retrieved from the grey matter: Senior Instructor was a Mr Brown; it was a Marconi equipped radio shack with 'Oceanspan' Tx (with no R/T), 'Reliance' emergency Tx, Atalanta Rx, 'Alert' guard Rx, 'Seaguard' auto alarm, 'Lodestone' manual D/F set with a large B/T loop aerial in the bay window and it was not secured to the deck (HSE would have a field day). There was an 'serial splitter board' which was difficult of those of us short in statue to use and a yellow dustbin - the lifeboat equipment. Our local social centres the Eglantine Arms and the Balmoral Arms. Good days.

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I attended the Marine Radio College from 1963-1965. I was an ex radio special rating from the RCN and signed onto HMS Caroline
as a radio instructor during my tenure. My winger was Joseph Walsh, ex-RAF. Mr. Brown was the main instructor as SgnalFlag(sp?) points out. There was an ex-British Rail chap called Mr Warner (Jock Warner). I accidentally blew Mr. Brown's multimeter at one point.

There was a wee ice cream shop next door and the waitress was Isabel from Finaghy - I dated her briefly but her Dad warned me off, I think

I later became a print radio and TV journalist but wrote management reports and books on cellular when it arrived, based on my RCN and Eglantine radio experience. I went back to Canada in 1965 but later lived in Northern Ireland for more than a decade in the 90s and 2000s and elsewhere in the UK for a decade or so otherwise. I spent a few years as a Canadian naval reserve diving officer, specialising in arctic diving.

The owner of the school was a wee English asthmatic who barely came up over the height of his desk - I forget his name but I imagine it's in one of my diaries

Carl E Law - saycarl@gmail.com

samh116
6th May 2014, 19:58
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The owner of the school was a wee English asthmatic who barely came up over the height of his desk - I forget his name but I imagine it's in one of my diaries

Carl E Law - saycarl@gmail.com

His name was Mr Mason, cannot remember his first name. But I do remember he did smoke like a chimney!

Sam Harper

carledgar
7th May 2014, 14:58
His name was Mr Mason, cannot remember his first name. But I do remember he did smoke like a chimney!

Sam Harper

Dead on, Sam - indeed it was. Were we in the same class?

Carl

samh116
9th May 2014, 19:01
Carl
I think I was in the class before you as I left July/August '64. I do remember you though as the Canadian with US headphones whilst the rest of us made do with British army surplus bought in Smithfield market!
Some names I do remember from my class are-Ken Frost, Dave Johnston, another Johnston nicknamed "Moses"', wee Jock, Ronnie Torrance (believe he stayed on as an instructor), Flannigan, Mr Best and Reg Leeke who I am still in touch with. I wonder where the rest are.

Good days

Sam

carledgar
11th May 2014, 22:19
Carl
I think I was in the class before you as I left July/August '64. I do remember you though as the Canadian with US headphones whilst the rest of us made do with British army surplus bought in Smithfield market!
Some names I do remember from my class are-Ken Frost, Dave Johnston, another Johnston nicknamed "Moses"', wee Jock, Ronnie Torrance (believe he stayed on as an instructor), Flannigan, Mr Best and Reg Leeke who I am still in touch with. I wonder where the rest are.

Good days


Sam

Great to hear from you, Sam. I started September 1963. However, I fell in with the arts crowd at Queens and gradually drifted away to surface later as a journalist in Canada. However, when cellular emerged in the mid-80s I found our radio training and the training I'd had in the RCN, made it easy to understand the concept and I began writing articles and books in that sector.

More to the point. I remember Belfast was crawling with pleasant young ladies with all the dances and show bands that were innit. The Plaza, the Boom Boom room and on and on.

I believe the headphones had actually been purloined from the RCN and I hope the statute of limitations has expired.

All the best, Sam!

Carl

SeaObserver
18th August 2014, 22:43
I remember that unsecured B/T loop in the bay window and the yellow 'dustbin' (Salvetia??). Yes and Mr Brown, 'Wee Jock' (who I last heard was training to be school teacher), the Canadian Carl Law, and an ex RAF op who was an active Radio Ham (GI3SAC??). Consumed a little liquid in the Eglantine Arms and Balmoral Arms. I was there c1963/65, went on to the Gov Comms and Grey Funnel Reserve, then journalism and maritime historian. Splendid days before Belfast lost its course.

carledgar
18th August 2014, 23:30
I remember that unsecured B/T loop in the bay window and the yellow 'dustbin' (Salvetia??). Yes and Mr Brown, 'Wee Jock' (who I last heard was training to be school teacher), the Canadian Carl Law, and an ex RAF op who was an active Radio Ham (GI3SAC??). Consumed a little liquid in the Eglantine Arms and Balmoral Arms. I was there c1963/65, went on to the Gov Comms and Grey Funnel Reserve, then journalism and maritime historian. Splendid days before Belfast lost its course.

The ex-RAF jock (Joseph Walsh) had been doing the sae job in the RAF that I'd (Carl Law) had been doing in the RCN. After the Marine Radio College I went back to Montreal, went to university and in 1969 became a professional journalist in joining Canadian Press (smilar to Reuts, AP and so on). Now retired and ivng near Ottawa our nation's capital.

Joe went to sea for awhile and then took a dental degree at Aberdeen and ended up as a government dentist in Bermuda where I visited him the odd time and met my first wife there - a USN officer specialising in anti-submarine warfare.

I last saw Joe in the late 90s - after Bermuda he had taken a commission in the Canadian armed forces as a dental officer and later worked in Newfoundland and labrador as a government dentist.

I took a commission in the RCN reserve during the 70s, got a diving ticket and managed to get on a diving exercise up in the arctic.

Joe hammed out of Bermuda in the early 1980s and we were both short wave listeners with those big black Panasonic portable SW receivers. good fun.