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Search: Posts Made By: Vital Sparks
Forum: The Radio Room 30th May 2016, 15:38
Replies: 22
Views: 3,196
Posted By Vital Sparks
To complete the picture, the receivers on the end...

To complete the picture, the receivers on the end of this device were an IMR 5000 and a Redifon R408.
Forum: The Radio Room 27th May 2016, 16:30
Replies: 22
Views: 3,196
Posted By Vital Sparks
The aerial concerned was a 20 metre wire strung...

The aerial concerned was a 20 metre wire strung between the foremast and the focsle head which at it's base it connected to a coax cable running the length of the ship and eventually emerging in the...
Forum: BP Shipping 27th May 2016, 14:26
Replies: 24
Views: 3,130
Posted By Vital Sparks
I was on the Resource in 1985 while she was in...

I was on the Resource in 1985 while she was in semi layup and fully loaded. I won't say "sailed" because she did nothing but swing round the pick all the time I was on her. The other steam "R" boats...
Forum: The Radio Room 27th May 2016, 13:10
Replies: 22
Views: 3,196
Posted By Vital Sparks
No joke, this is a genuine enquiry, the box had a...

No joke, this is a genuine enquiry, the box had a part number and was on the ships drawings. The ship was the Britih Holly an ITT installation with some Marconi thrown in. The box had the usual...
Forum: The Radio Room 26th May 2016, 11:31
Replies: 22
Views: 3,196
Posted By Vital Sparks
Impedence of filament bulbs

Once when attempting to track down an intermittent aerial signal in a radio room equipment rack I noticed a box in the wiring diagram labelled "impedence matching unit". I found the item itself which...
Forum: The Radio Room 26th August 2015, 13:02
Replies: 12
Views: 3,147
Posted By Vital Sparks
Satellite orbits passing directly overhead were...

Satellite orbits passing directly overhead were unusable because one of the error components in the system was directly proportional to the tan of the elevation angle and the tan of 90 degees is...
Forum: The Bridge 3rd March 2015, 11:33
Replies: 58
Views: 12,804
Posted By Vital Sparks
Checklist says "1 hour prior to departure test...

Checklist says "1 hour prior to departure test the steering gear" and so the box was ticked but the steering gear wasn't actually tested. Moving on an hour, the pilot is onboard, the ship is singled...
Forum: BP Shipping 19th January 2015, 14:28
Replies: 76
Views: 14,190
Posted By Vital Sparks
"I donít remember the separate re-winder Ė though...

"I donít remember the separate re-winder Ė though Iíve seen these ashore. I would have thought the projector would have had a rewind facility."

On BP Ships the projector rewind facility was...
Forum: The Radio Room 8th December 2014, 17:14
Replies: 63
Views: 16,417
Posted By Vital Sparks
One day an alarm clock appeared in the radio room...

One day an alarm clock appeared in the radio room which belonged to the Bandari. Not knowing anything about clocks I took the back off with a sense of trepidation but did notice that the pendulum...
Forum: BP Shipping 3rd July 2014, 15:32
Replies: 8
Views: 1,987
Posted By Vital Sparks
#8 Bob Rickman, #16 Andy Wilkes

#8 Bob Rickman, #16 Andy Wilkes
Forum: BP Shipping 24th February 2014, 11:53
Replies: 41
Views: 11,041
Posted By Vital Sparks
Like Gordon I was an R/O on the Brunei floating...

Like Gordon I was an R/O on the Brunei floating storage VLCCs. I remember meeting him when I took a suspect faulty board from the Resource's ARPA to try it on the Ranger. Unfortunately around that...
Forum: The Radio Room 30th August 2013, 12:30
Replies: 98
Views: 17,851
Posted By Vital Sparks
The best example of this is the signature tune...

The best example of this is the signature tune for the 70s sitcom "Some mothers do ave em" which consists of the show's title spelt out in morse.

I'm also entertained by movies in which a few...
Forum: The Bridge 2nd August 2013, 13:11
Replies: 21
Views: 6,043
Posted By Vital Sparks
The BP code book was hardly ever used in anger...

The BP code book was hardly ever used in anger but words from the code did creep into everyday messages, KIZTO (meaning = full stop), KJIJX (meaning = several pages from the company manual about...
Forum: The Radio Room 9th January 2013, 17:46
Replies: 28
Views: 5,525
Posted By Vital Sparks
OBS messages were very welcome on those occasions...

OBS messages were very welcome on those occasions when you had just missed a traffic list from GKA and wanted to avoid the 2 hour wait until the next one. You could of course just call them up and...
Forum: The Radio Room 16th October 2012, 10:33
Replies: 9
Views: 2,284
Posted By Vital Sparks
In the 70s I went for an aptitude test and...

In the 70s I went for an aptitude test and medical at the British Shipping Federation offices on the Broomielaw in Glasgow where peeing in the bottle was done behind a curatain in full view of the...
Forum: The Bridge 8th October 2012, 13:09
Replies: 4
Views: 1,602
Posted By Vital Sparks
sounds more like true motion to me, I'll get my...

sounds more like true motion to me, I'll get my coat (*))
Forum: The Radio Room 5th October 2012, 16:41
Replies: 131
Views: 30,544
Posted By Vital Sparks
Being hauled back over the handrails after having...

Being hauled back over the handrails after having spent half an hour in the South China Sea after a fall in which my shoulder was shattered while attempting to board a lifeboat from a pilot ladder.
Forum: The Radio Room 5th October 2012, 13:40
Replies: 63
Views: 16,417
Posted By Vital Sparks
On joining one ship there was an extra black box...

On joining one ship there was an extra black box mounted next to the TV in the officers bar containing some electronics and a speaker. Apparently the official Bush multi standard set had failed and a...
Forum: BP Shipping 4th October 2012, 12:53
Replies: 69
Views: 18,475
Posted By Vital Sparks
Sisters?, I thought the Trident (and Norness)...

Sisters?, I thought the Trident (and Norness) were "R" boats and so would have lasted a lot longer than those rust bucket "P" boats. It was rumoured that both of these classes were designed with a...
Forum: BP Shipping 2nd August 2012, 16:45
Replies: 29
Views: 4,035
Posted By Vital Sparks
Usage such as "if you want something done, get...

Usage such as "if you want something done, get STUFT" was very common at the time.
Forum: BP Shipping 2nd August 2012, 16:27
Replies: 69
Views: 16,497
Posted By Vital Sparks
I went to Big Panic house only one two occasions....

I went to Big Panic house only one two occasions. The first time was for my cadet interview when I remember nervously rolling up to the reception desk with my suitcase in hand. I'd passed on the...
Forum: BP Shipping 1st August 2012, 17:25
Replies: 56
Views: 8,235
Posted By Vital Sparks
Agreed, the Tree tanks were a 3 x 11 grid. It was...

Agreed, the Tree tanks were a 3 x 11 grid. It was the later Itty and River boats which had a few double sized centre tanks. As for heating coils, I'm sure coil installation that was one of the jobs...
Forum: BP Shipping 9th May 2012, 16:18
Replies: 214
Views: 57,980
Posted By Vital Sparks
Nope, that would be Jeanette Hodson, the...

Nope, that would be Jeanette Hodson, the Josophene I was referring to was a Radio Cadet in the year above me and her name still eludes me. The Wye 1980, a week of heaven in Lome followd by six weeks...
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 19th March 2012, 11:17
Replies: 60
Views: 28,327
Posted By Vital Sparks
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www.fotoflite.com
Forum: The Radio Room 8th March 2012, 14:51
Replies: 104
Views: 22,747
Posted By Vital Sparks
I was one. I did the MEC at Southampton in the...

I was one. I did the MEC at Southampton in the early 80s. We had to spend one morning a week at Warsash simply because they needed to get the usage of their buildings up a bit but it was such a pain...
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