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Old 19th July 2019, 01:23
majoco majoco is offline  
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Organisation: Merchant Navy
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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 the bridge wing to work the Aldis lamp to call "what ship" to that set of lights on the horizon? I guess the navigators have had to smarten up their morse!

Navtex is about the only thing I've heard the MF band on 512kHz. Here Taupo Marine radio listens on a few frequencies (http://maritimeradio.org/taupo-maritime-radio-zlm/) but there's no CW any more - only a couple of US nostalgia stations are active occasionally. I guess most ships are listening on VHF Channel 16 but everyone has Satcom to 'phone home' and GMDSS for when the SHTF.
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