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Old 4th January 2017, 08:22
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Does Namibia still use South African call letters or was that when it was Southwest Africa?

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Old 4th January 2017, 09:51
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Old 10th January 2017, 13:01
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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.

David
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Old 11th January 2017, 15:25
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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
Finbar EJM retired EI0CF
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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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Walvis Bay Radio operating room.
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