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Forum: The Radio Room 11th October 2019, 08:39
Replies: 37
Views: 2,127
Posted By spaarks
Hi Bob. You must have been in a later class than...

Hi Bob. You must have been in a later class than me - I got my tickets in 64. At that time there was no Hermes, just a K-H as you say. The examiner put a superconducting valve in it which stumped...
Forum: The Radio Room 9th October 2019, 10:49
Replies: 37
Views: 2,127
Posted By spaarks
I agree. Loran A wasn't very accurate as it...

I agree.
Loran A wasn't very accurate as it relied on pulse (envelope) matching and was on MF - with major skywave problems. But Loran C was great - it was on LF (100kHz I think) and was cycle...
Forum: The Radio Room 7th October 2019, 15:33
Replies: 349
Views: 93,489
Posted By spaarks
[QUOTE=IvortheEngine;2985373] Plenty of GoGo...

[QUOTE=IvortheEngine;2985373]
Plenty of GoGo bars whose names I can no longer remember....

Yes indeed. I was based there for a few years on a cableship. Certaintly a lively nightlife - until...
Forum: The Radio Room 7th October 2019, 15:02
Replies: 37
Views: 2,127
Posted By spaarks
[QUOTE=Ron Stringer;3008029]The ship didn't have...

[QUOTE=Ron Stringer;3008029]The ship didn't have to rotate "on the spot", it was sufficient to steam around slowly in a circle.

Yes, that's right, of course.
Forum: The Radio Room 7th October 2019, 12:57
Replies: 37
Views: 2,127
Posted By spaarks
At Hardcastle Street we had AEI gear, including a...

At Hardcastle Street we had AEI gear, including a single rotatable DF loop.
The Bellini Tosi (Marcomi patented) system was quite clever. The 90 degree loops were replicated in the DF receiver and...
Forum: The Radio Room 14th September 2019, 15:47
Replies: 125
Views: 15,878
Posted By spaarks
Coast Station call-signs ....

2 A I 1 5 Das Island

Glad I had an el-key!
Forum: The Radio Room 11th September 2019, 11:49
Replies: 29
Ctv
Views: 1,491
Posted By spaarks
Sadly the sound file is not a real recording, but...

Sadly the sound file is not a real recording, but made using Audacity.

I use such files as notifications on my phone - eg QTC, QRJ, SMS, and even the names of contacts in Whatsapp. It sure turns...
Forum: The Radio Room 11th September 2019, 11:35
Replies: 29
Ctv
Views: 1,491
Posted By spaarks
Yes indeed, it was called Monsanto Radio, and...

Yes indeed, it was called Monsanto Radio, and gentle zephyrs was the term.
Forum: The Radio Room 10th September 2019, 16:34
Replies: 29
Ctv
Views: 1,491
Posted By spaarks
Ctv

Many of you who were at sea in the 1960's will remember CTV, a Portuguese coast station at Cape Saint Vincent, which broadcast WX forecasts..

We nicknamed it "Gentle Jesus" on account of it's...
Forum: The Radio Room 25th August 2019, 12:54
Replies: 19
Views: 2,072
Posted By spaarks
Nt201

1960's or early 1970's C&W Marine had Marconi NT201 SSB transmitters, paired with a Racal RA17.
I believe the NT201 was produced for the Royal Navy. Quiite a good TX for its day. The RA17 was a...
Forum: The Radio Room 28th June 2019, 18:57
Replies: 32
Views: 2,573
Posted By spaarks
HF Reception tools

Here are a couple of links to propagation predictions.

http://www.voacap.com/radcom/
https://soundbytes.asia/proppy/
http://www.predtest.uk/

I haven't used them extensively. They look a bit...
Forum: The Radio Room 26th April 2019, 08:15
Replies: 11
Views: 1,513
Posted By spaarks
Thanks Searover, you would be right about it...

Thanks Searover, you would be right about it beong pre-1953. Jack was de-mobbed shortly after the war, maybe 1949, so probably started at Eglantine Avenue in 1950. Re Canberra, Jack was tech on a BBC...
Forum: The Radio Room 17th April 2019, 18:18
Replies: 11
Views: 1,513
Posted By spaarks
Marconi Marine 1950's

I believe this is some sort of passing-out photo of a Marconi 'Induction Course'. I reckon early to mid 1950's.
My brother Jack is2nd from left, back row. He was previously a Radar Operator in the...
Forum: The Radio Room 17th April 2019, 17:44
Replies: 33
Views: 9,523
Posted By spaarks
This photo is I believe of the Marconi induction...

This photo is I believe of the Marconi induction course 'graduation' sometime in the 50's. It includes my brother Jack who got his ticket at Eglantine Avenue, so may well have other Eglantine Avenue...
Forum: Special Purpose Vessels 13th April 2019, 06:49
Replies: 29
Views: 15,401
Posted By spaarks
Angry Change of fuel

Mercury Engineers may recall when the engines were converted from gasoil to fueloil. If I remember correctly gas oil was still used when docking and manoeuvring, then switched over to fuel oil for...
Forum: The Radio Room 13th April 2019, 06:31
Replies: 349
Views: 93,489
Posted By spaarks
Not sure what night it was, but the night I was...

Not sure what night it was, but the night I was thinking of was known as the 'grab a something' night. (not funny anymore, but that was what it was called).
Forum: The Radio Room 13th April 2019, 06:11
Replies: 349
Views: 93,489
Posted By spaarks
You are right Peter. I think it was some sort of...

You are right Peter. I think it was some sort of brass band.
Forum: The Radio Room 13th April 2019, 06:08
Replies: 349
Views: 93,489
Posted By spaarks
Maybe that was the night I was there!

Maybe that was the night I was there!
Forum: Special Purpose Vessels 12th April 2019, 18:30
Replies: 1
Views: 1,188
Posted By spaarks
Seems it had a go at the hydraulic line return!

Seems it had a go at the hydraulic line return!
Forum: Special Purpose Vessels 12th April 2019, 18:09
Replies: 29
Views: 15,401
Posted By spaarks
Aye John, I remember most of them, and all the...

Aye John,
I remember most of them, and all the R/Os Ray mentions.
I joined C&W as R/O in 1971, and was on the Mercury various times in the 70's - Southampton, Vigo and Bermuda. The latter two as a...
Forum: The Radio Room 12th April 2019, 17:18
Replies: 349
Views: 93,489
Posted By spaarks
South Shields

What was the bar just outside Redheads, c/1990?
And what was the disco / night club out by the beach where Thursday night was popular!?

The Legion was great on Sunday lunchtime, bingo and...
Forum: The Radio Room 12th April 2019, 17:12
Replies: 349
Views: 93,489
Posted By spaarks
Texas Bar

The Texas bar in Lisbon. I seem to recall it had a ship's lifeboat suspended from the ceiling, in which you could sit and drink. That was c/1970, I daresay it failed the Lifting Regs load test since...
Forum: Say Hello 24th September 2017, 18:15
Replies: 5
Views: 484
Posted By spaarks
Hey Ivor, been a long time, like 54 years! No...

Hey Ivor,
been a long time, like 54 years! No alcohol policy in those days!
Hope you are well.

Denis Campbell
Junior R/O
Forum: The Radio Room 29th December 2015, 11:06
Replies: 33
Views: 9,523
Posted By spaarks
Glenn Wetherall

Hi Penny
I think Glenn was in my PMG/Radar class at Hardcastle Street in 1962 to 1964. That's all the info I have. You might try contact AMERES - THE ASSOCIATION OF MARINE ELECTRONICS AND RADIO EX...
Forum: The Radio Room 1st April 2013, 20:41
Replies: 33
Views: 9,523
Posted By spaarks
My brother Jack Campbell, ex-RAF, attended the...

My brother Jack Campbell, ex-RAF, attended the Eglantine Avenue school in the early to mid 50's. I was at Hardcastle Street from 1962 to 1965.
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