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Search: Posts Made By: CrazySparks
Forum: The Radio Room 11th July 2019, 23:37
Replies: 15
Views: 1,297
Posted By CrazySparks
I think it was on the Riverbank in around 77 that...

I think it was on the Riverbank in around 77 that keying the main Tx (Conqueror or Crusader - I don't recall which) that keying on 22MHz literally stopped the ship - interfered with engine room...
Forum: The Radio Room 24th May 2018, 07:33
Replies: 345
Views: 90,603
Posted By CrazySparks
So many bars! So many gorgeous ladies! So much beer!

The Zillertal in Hamburg and The Bulldog in Antwerp - but there again, there were so many across the globe from LA to Hamburg to Kobe to Buenos Aires to - ahhh ffs - I miss those days so badly.
Forum: The Radio Room 24th May 2018, 07:31
Replies: 345
Views: 90,603
Posted By CrazySparks
The Zillertal in Hamburg and The Bulldog in...

The Zillertal in Hamburg and The Bulldog in Antwerp - but there again, there were so many across the globe from LA to Hamburg to Kobe to Buenos Aires to - ahhh ffs - I miss those days so badly.
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 3rd August 2017, 04:33
Replies: 7
Views: 587
Posted By CrazySparks
Bloody marvellous story.

Bloody marvellous story.
Forum: The Radio Room 20th August 2014, 08:17
Replies: 34
Views: 6,039
Posted By CrazySparks
It was a wonderful life. In 1973 at 19 years of...

It was a wonderful life. In 1973 at 19 years of age I was off on my first trip to Murmansk - never been out of the UK before and there I was on a black sea under the Northern Lights! Cheap beer,...
Forum: The Radio Room 17th March 2014, 15:38
Replies: 160
Views: 30,653
Posted By CrazySparks
Sailed with the Conqueror (HS2?) and actually...

Sailed with the Conqueror (HS2?) and actually almost got working from Australia to Portishead direct! Great Tx! That would have been on Bank Line's Riverbank in 77 - my first trip as solo R/O.
Forum: The Radio Room 17th March 2014, 15:31
Replies: 2
Views: 1,087
Posted By CrazySparks
Riversdale 1973-1976 Radio Officers

I remember quite a few names and still have two close friends in the UK from that time - Kevin McNicolas and Peter Corkill. Other names I remember are:

Al Steel
Colin Wright
Toschack
Alan...
Forum: The Radio Room 28th September 2013, 02:45
Replies: 67
Views: 19,667
Posted By CrazySparks
I freelanced with the Italians in about 1980 -...

I freelanced with the Italians in about 1980 - 900 pounds per month and tax free the way I worked it. I did a Dutch cargo vessel, Italian supertanker, Italian OBO, Hong Kong registered bulk carrier,...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 1st February 2013, 07:56
Replies: 23
Views: 10,032
Posted By CrazySparks
Try getting hold of Steve through Mike Ekkersley...

Try getting hold of Steve through Mike Ekkersley - he goes by the name Ekker365(or something close) on this site. I know Mike managed to find Steve, who is currently a Humber pilot very recently.
Forum: The Radio Room 30th August 2012, 02:35
Replies: 131
Views: 30,542
Posted By CrazySparks
So many good times and great memories

1. First night in a foreign country - the USSR - Murmansk in December. The authorities took us to the opera. At 19 years old, what an experience - I saw the Northern lights and the dog star flashing...
Forum: The Radio Room 27th April 2012, 09:41
Replies: 57
Views: 10,983
Posted By CrazySparks
I'm with Tony Selman on this one - never heard of...

I'm with Tony Selman on this one - never heard of such a device - not from old time college lecturers or old R/O's at sea. Just imagine what QRN could do with those one second dots! Offhand
On a...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 17th February 2012, 06:25
Replies: 23
Views: 10,032
Posted By CrazySparks
Salen Ship Management

I enjoyed some of my happiest time at sea with Salen, particularly on the Snow Hill, a reefer running between North Europe and Central America carrying bananas. great accommodation, great food and...
Forum: The Radio Room 17th February 2012, 05:21
Replies: 37
Views: 12,852
Posted By CrazySparks
David Dean

Hi Ray,
David Dean was indeed an Irishman. I am deeply saddened by news of his passing. He was indeed a gentleman in every way. I last met him for dinner in Anglesey when he was still running Ocean...
Forum: The Radio Room 16th February 2012, 08:34
Replies: 37
Views: 12,852
Posted By CrazySparks
I did a large part of my career freelancing. My...

I did a large part of my career freelancing. My route to this was via a gent named David Dean who worked for a London based radio outfit (can't remember who). He sent me to the Italian tanker Prima...
Forum: Bank Line 25th January 2012, 08:47
Replies: 52
Views: 10,658
Posted By CrazySparks
Wonderfully researched and written history -...

Wonderfully researched and written history - sincere thanks Alistair. In 1977 I was R/O on the Riverbank, which was a very new ship. Green though I was then (the Riverbank was my first assignment as...
Forum: The Radio Room 20th January 2012, 08:16
Replies: 130
Views: 16,870
Posted By CrazySparks
Can't remember the ship, but I had two Decca...

Can't remember the ship, but I had two Decca radars, one of which produced no echos at all. Clutter was well down too. Aha! Says Sparky - it's the mixer Xtal in the waveguide. I promptly replaced the...
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 17th January 2012, 03:05
Replies: 762
Views: 142,262
Posted By CrazySparks
I did seven and a half months on the Ibn Al Abbar...

I did seven and a half months on the Ibn Al Abbar around 1980. Very eventful trip involving helicopter and medics, XXX Emergency call, and much more fun. As I recall the OM was a James Langmuir...
Forum: The Radio Room 16th January 2012, 07:21
Replies: 49
Views: 7,540
Posted By CrazySparks
It's all so long ago, but I also recall ASK as...

It's all so long ago, but I also recall ASK as particularly ghastly. But some of the worst service was also from a French HF RT station when I was serving on Italian vessels. One of their operators...
Forum: The Radio Room 24th August 2011, 09:49
Replies: 34
Views: 4,969
Posted By CrazySparks
December 1976. Cardiff to Murmansk on the...

December 1976. Cardiff to Murmansk on the Gothland. when we got there the mate danced around the bridge in a pair of tights to demonstrate their thermal qualities.
Forum: The Radio Room 24th August 2011, 09:19
Replies: 345
Views: 90,603
Posted By CrazySparks
The Bulldog in Antwerp The Mosquito Bar in...

The Bulldog in Antwerp
The Mosquito Bar in Bangkok (OMG!)
The Love Story (Rio? Or somewhere in Brazil!)
The Pegasus in Long Beach!!!:))
The Zillertal in Hamburg
And heaven knows how many more....
Forum: The Radio Room 1st July 2011, 09:32
Replies: 234
Views: 47,583
Posted By CrazySparks
Riversdale Liverpool 1973-1976

Riversdale College of Technology 1973-1976. MRGC and MRRT. And what a good college it was for a lad of 16 living away from home. I shall always remember it with great warmth for its excellent staff...
Forum: Bulk Carriers 16th July 2009, 06:27
Replies: 36
Views: 11,234
Posted By CrazySparks
Gothland

The Gothland was also my first ship in 1976, sailed to Murmansk. What an adventure for a 19 year old 2nd Sparks! The R/O was John O'Flynn Junior: he had a passion for horse-racing as I recall. The...
Forum: The Radio Room 26th February 2009, 08:15
Replies: 67
Views: 5,664
Posted By CrazySparks
Fascinating thread. I was trained on both...

Fascinating thread.
I was trained on both valves and chips in the mid 70's (Apollo receivers, etc) and valve auto-alarms with Eccles-Jordan flip-flops, as well as radars with discrete components...
Forum: The Radio Room 25th December 2008, 07:39
Replies: 277
Views: 39,296
Posted By CrazySparks
Snow Hill

Yes, I remember that BH, The bloody bow thruster controls just would not work on those Snow Boats- I think they'd tried about every 'expert' in the world even by the mid 80's! They were indeed a fine...
Forum: The Radio Room 17th December 2008, 04:39
Replies: 277
Views: 39,296
Posted By CrazySparks
R651400, I sailed with a Sailor HF Tx dedicated...

R651400, I sailed with a Sailor HF Tx dedicated to Telex. This was on the "Snow Hill' (registered Hong Kong I think, run by Salen SHip management at the time - last trip on her about 1983). We ran a...
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