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La Estancia Radio Room
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BobClay



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Buries Markes La Estancia 1972.
Far and away the worst put together Radio Room I sailed with. I still have nightmares about it.
· Date: Tue, 15 November 16 · Views: 757
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Tony Selman

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Tue, 15 November 16 17:01

I haven't sailed with the main transmitter but I did some trips with the Redifon R50M receiver. Never sailed with anything that drifted like it.
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BobClay

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Wed, 16 November 16 02:47

The main Tx isn't visible in this shot. It's off to the right of the picture. The R50M was on this high desk. You had a sort of tennis umpires chair to sit on, your feet were off the deck. Whoever fitted this station belonged in the OK Corral with all the other dead cowboys.

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Wed, 16 November 16 04:06

Bob, I assumed it was the main Tx as generally they were to the left of the main Rx so you could tune up with your left hand and your right hand on the key. At least I always assumed that was the case - bit of a problem if you sent with your left hand I suppose. I am trying to think of a ship I sailed on with the main Tx on the right. Will revert.
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Wed, 16 November 16 05:02

I worked with AWA in Sydney doing marine radio repairs and can definitely confirm the Redifon R50M drifted all over the place to the extent you had to have one hand on the main tuning dial to keep the thing on frequency (HF) while taking traffic. No better than a mantle radio.
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BobClay

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Wed, 16 November 16 12:58

Yes that receiver did have a mind of its own and tuned into everything and anything but the frequency you wanted. You're right Tony, but the rack you see next to the receiver is the emergency rack. The main tx was off to the right, you had to get down off your tennis umpires chair and step across to it to tune or change frequency. I have a shot of this station from a different angle which includes it somewhere which I'll try and dig out.

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Wed, 16 November 16 17:03

Amen to the R50M drifting like crazy. On one ship I had an R50M as main receiver and Marconi B28/CR100 as emergency receiver - guess which one got used for all traffic? Yup, you got it, the B28/CR100 every time!
On one ship I had the bad luck to have TWO R50Ms!
Happy days.
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