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Forum: The Radio Room 27th March 2020, 09:28
Replies: 106
Views: 6,966
Posted By spaarks
No, it is closely associated with Ireland, the...

No, it is closely associated with Ireland, the North in particular, where the term "Mick" is considered a highly pejorative term. In GB as well. I wouldn't recommend using it.
Forum: The Radio Room 5th March 2020, 17:32
Replies: 0
Views: 185
Posted By spaarks
Limerick Marine Radio School

I didn't attend this school, but it is an interesting story.
Forum: Royal Navy 7th February 2020, 10:43
Replies: 31
Views: 2,794
Posted By spaarks
Angry The metric system was brought in to the USA as...

The metric system was brought in to the USA as the preferred system in the 1970's.
However it was not enforced because the public simply ignored it, due to the problems metrication would cause, as...
Forum: The Radio Room 24th January 2020, 04:36
Replies: 38
Views: 3,074
Posted By spaarks
It often used to burn out the Pantenna, until...

It often used to burn out the Pantenna, until they fitted a protection unit....then it just burned out the protection unit! The Pantenna was so useless that people used to dangle wires out the...
Forum: The Radio Room 27th December 2019, 12:00
Replies: 43
Views: 6,165
Posted By spaarks
After 6 years in BP, I worked as R/O in Cable &...

After 6 years in BP, I worked as R/O in Cable & Wireless Marine from 1971 to 1975 - a great job with lots of electronics such as hydrographic survey equipment like sidescan fish and sub bottom...
Forum: The Radio Room 11th October 2019, 08:39
Replies: 37
Views: 4,414
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: 4,414
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: 382
Views: 109,574
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: 4,414
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: 4,414
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: 153
Views: 22,129
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: 30
Ctv
Views: 3,006
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: 30
Ctv
Views: 3,006
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: 30
Ctv
Views: 3,006
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: 3,417
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: 4,065
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: 1,882
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: 1,882
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: 34
Views: 11,302
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: 33
Views: 17,482
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: 382
Views: 109,574
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: 382
Views: 109,574
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: 382
Views: 109,574
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: 1,312
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: 33
Views: 17,482
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...
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