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Old 4th January 2017, 07:22
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Does Namibia still use South African call letters or was that when it was Southwest Africa?

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500 khz Recordings MV Aigeorgis 5B2165 Radio Room 1975

Greetings,

As I mentioned previously, the last ship I sailed on, in 1975, was
a tiny 2000 ton vessel. Radio equipment, Marconi gear , was MF
CW only. There was a basic VHF set on the bridge.

MV. Aigeorgis Callsign 5B2165

The radio room was tiny, just being big enough for me to squeeze in,
the door opened out onto the bridge. The attached photo shows me
looking out the door, my hand poised over the morse key. Behind
are the receivers, an Electra and Mercury, one on top of the other.
The transmitter is the Reliance.
Having no HF and sailing in the Meddy ( out of Bristol ), I would
clear traffic via Nition Radio GNI, staying up late, between 1 and
2 am and calling him on 500 khz. Worked every time.

Of eleven crew, there was 7 nationalities, quite a mix. The
Nigerian cook did a great job, basic edible food. He had a cabin
full of photographic equipment and he was setting himself up for
returning home to set up a photographic studio business.

Needless to say this was a freelancing job. I started with Marconi,
they did a stint with Royal Fleet Auxiliary, then on to a trip with
Niarcos, finally freelancing on two more ships, before coming
ashore to work at the coast radio station , at Malin Head EJM.

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I visited ZSV in early 1966. I don't remember so many buildings around it, but I do remember the high ceilings and two big Marconi transmitters in the same room as the operating position. ZSV was ideal to clear OBS and as you said Finbar was useful for messages to S.Af. I was on a Fruit Reefer - c/s ZSHI with AEI gear - but we did general cargo in the off season. One day a couple of wagons rolled up and we loaded two big pallets of silver bullion ingots. The safest place they could think of was the tally clerks office down after and then welded up the doors !

Finbar, at GKZ the western Med was favourite to work MF RT only coasters. I pinched a few on nights who were having no success rousing anyone.

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Old 11th January 2017, 14:25
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500 khz Recordings Pinching a few

Hello David,

Nice to get your experiences of Walvis Bay and also working
into the Meddy from GKZ.

We did our own pinching, mostly from GKR, on the trawler skeds,
on 1618 khz, ships on 1623 khz etc CW.

Portpatrick GPK and ourselves, EJM, pinched whatever we could,
if either of us were a bit slow in an initial reply to a ship. Having said all that, can you imagine the pain it was, for both stations, when,
our Telex line went down and GPK would have to send our copy of the
weather to us on 472 khz ( us on 421 khz).
We would sent a Service Message ( SVC ) , to Portpatrick Radio,
requesting a copy of our specific weather message , covering our
sea areas. I can just imagine the groan when they got that.
Needless to say the SVC message had to be sent on 421 khz.

Same thing would happen when our sister station, Valentia Radio EJK,
hand a landline problem and/or transmitter failure, requesting us
to pass traffic on our respective working frequencies or cover for
them on 2182 or 500 khz.

Today, both stations no longer work ships with commercial traffic,
effectively ending when our national Telecoms Company would no
longer handle the accounts. By contrast with the somewhat
spartan landline of way back then, our stations have multible
back up's to back up's, of landlines, microwave links, transmitters
and receivers, etc etc etc.

I have a picture of the main street of Walvis Bay. Must see if I can
find it and jog a few memories.

Kind regards
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I just had a look on Google maps, but street mapping doesn't seem to have reached there yet !

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Old 12th January 2017, 02:42
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Walvis Bay Radio operating room.
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Divine!

One of the ops...
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500 khz Recordings Wireless Station GB and Ireland 1920

Greetings,

Attached is an interesting document from 1920, quite a while
ago and showing Wireless Telegraph Stations, Great Britain
and Ireland.

The location and callsigns are quite clearly displayed. Our own
station, at Malin Head is there with it's GMH callsign, well
before it changed to EJM on the 1st of January 1950.

Several of those stations are unknown to me, some may be
of the type run by cross channel ferries, like GUR. Also I note
that Portpatrick Radio is BYS. Was Portpatrick operated by the
Navy, before becoming a coast radio station.

Note also the names and callsigns of station located inland.

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Thanks Finbar.

Some fascinating stations there.

Cleethorpes was a RN high power LF station.

Cranwell is/was the RAF officer training and staff college. Grimsby was eventually a beam wireless station (late 20's). Of course, Poldhu and the Lizard are famous.

Amazed to see a station GDX at the Isle of Man...not to mention Whitehall and the Air Ministry...
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Old 12th February 2017, 12:48
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Larne seems to have drifted a bit on that map, Finbar.

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Likewise Renfrew!
The French reference indicates the squares were DF stations and the anchor look alike Light-ships..
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Old 12th February 2017, 16:15
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Cleethorpes is a long way from Grimsby on that map too.

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Grimsby - BYV was the Admiralty Station set up in WW1 on the west pier, known as HMS Pekin and manned by RNVR personnel. It was handed over to the GPO in 1920 and became GKZ in 1923. It moved south to Trusthorpe between Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea (google on LN12 2PH)

There was a MoD LF station at Waltham, just south of Grimsby, and there was a GPO Beam Station at Tetney, just further south of that.

This was BYV...

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Greetings,

Attached is an interesting document from 1920, quite a while
ago and showing Wireless Telegraph Stations, Great Britain
and Ireland.

The location and callsigns are quite clearly displayed. Our own
station, at Malin Head is there with it's GMH callsign, well
before it changed to EJM on the 1st of January 1950.

Several of those stations are unknown to me, some may be
of the type run by cross channel ferries, like GUR. Also I note
that Portpatrick Radio is BYS. Was Portpatrick operated by the
Navy, before becoming a coast radio station.

Note also the names and callsigns of station located inland.

Kind regards
Finbar EJM retired EI0CF
MUU shown as being Caernarfon was actually at Waunfawr, not all that far away but higher up in the hills. It operated on long wave and was a transmitting site only. It was from here that the first UK - Australia wireless contact was made. Our local ham radio club operate a special event station from there every year using the callsign GB2VK, GB to VK... The station at the other end was at Wahroonga. MUU's receiving half was at Towyn, some miles away from where MUU's transmitters were keyed.

An interesting bit of information to those R/O's who studied at the Wireless Academy in Colwyn Bay. Tubby Nelson who was the morse instructor at the Bay apparently was one of the operators at MUU before moving to the College.

http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/40...-celyn-cefn-du

https://geotopoi.wordpress.com/2010/...n-du-waunfawr/

The old station buildings are shown in the second link, looking over onto Anglesey.

After it ceased operations the old station buildings were used for a variety of purposes, one being the infamous Marconi Club where intoxicating drinks were served and ladies of questionable virtue removed their garments.... Unfortunately I only found out after it had closed down !!!
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MUU shown as being Caernarfon was actually at Waunfawr, not all that far away but higher up in the hills. It operated on long wave and was a transmitting site only. It was from here that the first UK - Australia wireless contact was made. Our local ham radio club operate a special event station from there every year using the callsign GB2VK, GB to VK... The station at the other end was at Wahroonga. MUU's receiving half was at Towyn, some miles away from where MUU's transmitters were keyed.

The text of the message was framed and displayed in the office of AWA at Leichhardt in Sydney. I remember seeing it when I used to go in with the accounts after a voyage.

There is a memorial/plaque outside Fisk's house where the message was rx'ed in Sydney.
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#367 .

That's a strange memorial - looks like an imitation Piccadilly Circus with Mercury instead of Eros (which apparently is really his brother).

I never saw that framed message at Leichhardt - can you remember what it said? Wonder what happened to it? Probably the same as the giant bust of Marconi that was outside Brisbane Radio (VIB) for yonks and has now disappeared.

Who exactly was Fisk? Did he have any other claim to fame?

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PS Whoops, just remembered the lions are at Trafalgar Square, not Piccadilly Circus. A monumental mistake.

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It was the text of the two QTCs from that ***** Billy Hughes, in which he called for more Australians to feed the meat grinder of the Somme....

1 1.15pm Sydney time.
"I have just returned from a visit to the battlefields where the glorious valour and dash of the Australian troops saved Amiens and forced back the legions of the enemy, filled with greater admiration than ever for these glorious men and more convinced than ever that it is the duty of their fellow-citizens to keep these magnificent battalions up to their full strength. W.M. Hughes, Prime Minister."

2 1.25pm Sydney time.
"Royal Australian Navy is magnificently bearing its part in the great struggle. Spirit of sailors and soldiers alike is beyond praise. Recent hard fighting brilliantly successful but makes reinforcements imperative. Australia hardly realises the wonderful reputation which our men have won. Every effort being constantly made here to dispose of Australia's surplus products. Joseph Cook, Minister for Navy."
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Fisk was an RO, who eventually rose to be Managing Director of AWA, complete with Knighthood.
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What was Fisk's response to the *****?

Must have been good if he got a knighthood. All that time on the black and tan run never got me anything (even after sending four OBS a day). Sniff.

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If I'd thought it would have led to a dubbing I would have been more enthusiastic about sending the weather.
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500 khz Recordings Malin Head Radio GMH in October 1913

Greetings,

Thanks to all for your comments on the 1920 radio station map I
posted.
David, I found your picture of Grimsby BYV very interesting,
the multiwire top hat for the antenna and the multible insulators
on the stay wires for the wooden masts are quite visible. Being
so close to the sea must have given the station a good range,
hopefully they used a good connection to the seawater.

Attached is another historical picture, this time from October
1913, as you can see from the wall calendar above the large
morse key and Induction coil for the Spark transmitter. This
is one of very few pictures of the early years of Malin Head
Radio EJM.

Also note the tin of Lyle's Golden Syrup, someone's pipe
balanced on the window frame and a pair of scissors.

Not long after this photograph was taken, the station moved
about 3 miles to it's present location, one of several,
including Landsend Radio which were built by the Post Office,
as part of a refurbishment of the UK's coast radio station
service. The only difference between Malin Head and
Landsend Radio, the buildings are exactly the same design
(Landsend building now in private ownership) was that
Landsend was fitted with two masts, whilst Malin Head had
one.

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Finbar. This is the staff who were there in 1920, and I suspect it was taken at the time of the handover to the GPO, hence some in uniform, some in civvies. The nature of the building is shown a bit more, but it was in fact three railway carriages joined end-to-end on the pier.

The current GKZ building is in a sad state of neglect (put LN12 2NE into Google Maps) awaiting a developer to turn it into a caravan site !! The owner is looking for 1.2m so it is likely to remain thus for some time.

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