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Search: Posts Made By: majoco
Forum: The Radio Room 16th August 2019, 08:52
Replies: 37
Views: 1,854
Posted By majoco
I didn't say there wasn't a separate receive...

I didn't say there wasn't a separate receive antenna - you could switch it to the main receiver via the antenna switch panel but it wasn't as effective as the 'tuned' antenna.
Forum: The Radio Room 16th August 2019, 02:37
Replies: 37
Views: 1,854
Posted By majoco
On most (some?) ships, the antenna feed to the...

On most (some?) ships, the antenna feed to the main receiver came from the transmitter in between the antenna tuner and the PA stages. With the transmitter tuned to match the antenna, the receiver...
Forum: The Radio Room 9th August 2019, 02:46
Replies: 37
Views: 1,854
Posted By majoco
If I recall, the "Sir William Walker" Stevie...

If I recall, the "Sir William Walker" Stevie Clark's collier only had 425 and 468 KHz as working frequencies but as time actually at sea was limited to the Tyne to Shoreham and back again so it was...
Forum: The Radio Room 19th July 2019, 01:23
Replies: 26
Views: 1,903
Posted By majoco
But who are you going to get to operate them?...

But who are you going to get to operate them? None of us Sparkies any more, maybe the "Electronics Officer" has an operators certificate of some sort.

How many times have you been called out to...
Forum: The Radio Room 30th June 2019, 21:24
Replies: 30
Views: 2,333
Posted By majoco
Fortunately I already have an Amplidan which I...

Fortunately I already have an Amplidan which I bought on our local web auction for NZ$70. I did a bit of research and found that the last 'new' one was sold in 2006 for US$350! 527 from India is not...
Forum: The Radio Room 29th June 2019, 05:49
Replies: 30
Views: 2,333
Posted By majoco
With all the ship-wrecking going on in India and...

With all the ship-wrecking going on in India and Bangladesh, where does all the radio stuff go - or are the ships so modern that all they have is the GDMSS stuff?
Forum: The Radio Room 28th June 2019, 21:45
Replies: 23
Views: 1,497
Posted By majoco
Hi Paul, I'm in Ashhurst, a small village about...

Hi Paul, I'm in Ashhurst, a small village about 15km from Palmerston North in the Manawatu. Now that I live alone, I have complete control over the computers and TV's so the QRM is not so much of a...
Forum: The Radio Room 28th June 2019, 00:19
Replies: 23
Views: 1,497
Posted By majoco
Another greetings from NZ! Agreed with all said...

Another greetings from NZ! Agreed with all said above - anything above the 19m band is very quiet - even the NZ stations that used to boom in during the daytime are down in the the noise - Auckland...
Forum: Colliers 17th May 2019, 01:30
Replies: 32
Views: 9,669
Posted By majoco
Devans47 said IIRC his name was Wilf,...

Devans47 said

IIRC his name was Wilf, usually called "Old Wilf". I don't think he ever saw the light of day he was so pale - continually reading either in his cabin or on watch and he would have...
Forum: The Bridge 28th March 2019, 23:24
Replies: 57
Views: 4,310
Posted By majoco
Totally impractical surely - how do you feed...

Totally impractical surely - how do you feed 100,000 people, how do you get the food, the beer and the fuel to the ship, moored or otherwise. Would you want to be moored in the North Sea in a howling...
Forum: The Radio Room 30th November 2018, 01:07
Replies: 200
Views: 31,006
Posted By majoco
IIRC, George Mayne was the skipper when I was on...

IIRC, George Mayne was the skipper when I was on the Naess Sovereign, not my first ship, but it was my last.
Forum: Computers and The Internet 30th November 2018, 00:46
Replies: 15
Views: 1,944
Posted By majoco
I have a variety of laptops, one still running...

I have a variety of laptops, one still running Win95, two with WinXP, one very new with Win10 which I am still getting my head around but it's a lot better now that I have downloaded and run "Classic...
Forum: The Radio Room 9th November 2018, 02:33
Replies: 200
Views: 31,006
Posted By majoco
A bit OT, I know, but....I always thought it was...

A bit OT, I know, but....I always thought it was quite weird how you could be reading a book or something amidst the clamour on 500 halfway up the North Sea, not really paying any attention to what...
Forum: Computers and The Internet 27th September 2018, 23:56
Replies: 8
Views: 1,203
Posted By majoco
You have to download a PDF reader - I use Foxit...

You have to download a PDF reader - I use Foxit Reader - then to save to a PDF document you click on "Print", not "Save". Where is shows your normal printer by "Properties", click on the down arrow...
Forum: Colliers 12th September 2018, 04:05
Replies: 32
Views: 9,669
Posted By majoco
granty said: in Shoreham. You must have...

granty said:

in Shoreham.
You must have been there when I was the Sparks on "Sir William Walker" July to November '64 - I inherited the job from completing my 6 months as a trainee then the chief...
Forum: The Radio Room 12th September 2018, 03:43
Replies: 97
Views: 13,723
Posted By majoco
Bob said... That's the trouble, we're now...

Bob said...


That's the trouble, we're now spoiled! I was listening to a little CW station somewhere in Italy on my WinRadio G33DDC thinking 'he's not very strong' and then looking at the...
Forum: The Radio Room 12th September 2018, 03:27
Replies: 72
Views: 5,501
Posted By majoco
Sorry, I was on the "Empress of England" April to...

Sorry, I was on the "Empress of England" April to August 1965 and those two ships had been sold to Niarchos by then. I would suggest making another request of the Pursers or whatever they called the...
Forum: The Radio Room 12th September 2018, 00:28
Replies: 471
Views: 62,098
Posted By majoco
Bit off topic but going back to "VIB now an HF...

Bit off topic but going back to "VIB now an HF aircraft station".

The use of aircraft using HF radio is actually quite busy, even though "CPDLC" (Controller–pilot data link communications) is...
Forum: The Radio Room 12th September 2018, 00:08
Replies: 471
Views: 62,098
Posted By majoco
The grey line is that line around the globe where...

The grey line is that line around the globe where the sun is just setting or rising - what we would call 'dusk'. The low D layer has not yet been energized on the sunrise side, and is rapidly...
Forum: Royal Navy 29th July 2018, 03:17
Replies: 27
Views: 11,392
Posted By majoco
I was an R/O2 in Sussex Div'n. RNR from 1969 to...

I was an R/O2 in Sussex Div'n. RNR from 1969 to 1974 when I then emigrated to New Zealand. I had the original of the attached photo from one of our summer 'cruises' and a couple of cap tallies, one...
Forum: The Radio Room 22nd July 2018, 10:44
Replies: 72
Views: 5,501
Posted By majoco
Memory is doubtless a little hazy - it was 50+...

Memory is doubtless a little hazy - it was 50+ years ago - perhaps he only took out the carbons. The top sheet was written in that ghastly indelible pencil so fraudulent adjustment would have been...
Forum: The Radio Room 20th July 2018, 01:26
Replies: 72
Views: 5,501
Posted By majoco
On my only passenger ship, the Chief R/O would...

On my only passenger ship, the Chief R/O would tear off the previous days log sheets and take them away, read them, then give the errant R/O (there were 6 of us) a bollocking if we had made even the...
Forum: The Radio Room 6th July 2018, 01:57
Replies: 200
Views: 31,006
Posted By majoco
Thanks for that, John, it does sound familiar now...

Thanks for that, John, it does sound familiar now - although I thought all those 'double-barrelled' calls were reserved for the high traffic ships. I recall the "Empress of England" was GVSV - not an...
Forum: The Radio Room 22nd June 2018, 00:38
Replies: 85
Views: 6,549
Posted By majoco
If you're looking for the 'great escape' at the...

If you're looking for the 'great escape' at the end when all seems lost......

I joined a tanker in Rotterdam that was in the process of having the ownership transferred from Maersk to SafMarCo. I...
Forum: The Radio Room 15th June 2018, 01:23
Replies: 200
Views: 31,006
Posted By majoco
Esso Exeter was my first ship, damned if I can...

Esso Exeter was my first ship, damned if I can remember the c/s but I was only on board for two months around the coast and a couple of trips to Alesund, Norway - off onto the Geordie collier "Sir...
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