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