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Forum: Coasters 18th October 2019, 00:42
Replies: 6
Views: 867
Posted By majoco
Go to the "CEGB Steam Colliers" thread and then...

Go to the "CEGB Steam Colliers" thread and then down to entry #22 (https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=22) by me then #23...
Forum: Computers and The Internet 11th October 2019, 01:02
Replies: 26
Views: 2,421
Posted By majoco
I have a radio next to the phone. When the...

I have a radio next to the phone. When the scammer calls I say "I'm sorry, I have another caller, I'm going to put you on hold for a short time". Turn the radio on, put the phone next to the radio...
Forum: The Radio Room 16th August 2019, 09:52
Replies: 37
Views: 2,905
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, 03:37
Replies: 37
Views: 2,905
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, 03:46
Replies: 37
Views: 2,905
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, 02:23
Replies: 26
Views: 2,668
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, 22:24
Replies: 30
Views: 3,213
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, 06:49
Replies: 30
Views: 3,213
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, 22:45
Replies: 32
Views: 2,834
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, 01:19
Replies: 32
Views: 2,834
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, 02:30
Replies: 32
Views: 10,641
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 29th March 2019, 00:24
Replies: 57
Views: 5,389
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, 02:07
Replies: 203
Views: 33,566
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, 01:46
Replies: 15
Views: 2,303
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, 03:33
Replies: 203
Views: 33,566
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 28th September 2018, 00:56
Replies: 8
Views: 1,346
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, 05:05
Replies: 32
Views: 10,641
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, 04:43
Replies: 97
Views: 14,889
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, 04:27
Replies: 72
Views: 6,462
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, 01:28
Replies: 471
Views: 64,275
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, 01:08
Replies: 471
Views: 64,275
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, 04:17
Replies: 27
Views: 11,772
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, 11:44
Replies: 72
Views: 6,462
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, 02:26
Replies: 72
Views: 6,462
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, 02:57
Replies: 203
Views: 33,566
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...
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