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Old 5th March 2020, 19:00
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Map of radiotelegraph operating areas

Does anyone have a map, circa 1960, of the worldwide radiotelegraph areas with coastal stations assigned to each area?
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Got this one from 1953 which shows the long distance 'Area Scheme' as used at GKA until the early 1970s if that is what you wanted?

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Old 6th March 2020, 02:13
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Yes, thank you. Now I just need to determine who the coast stations in each region were.
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That map brings back memories !!
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Old 6th March 2020, 10:32
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phdad may not be aware that this map shows the Area Scheme operated by the UK mainly for British ships. The ships received traffic from the UK sent to the area which they were in. Ships had to keep Portishead informed when they shifted to a new area. Ships could also send traffic to the UK via the local area transmitting and receiving stations and the supplementary stations. Traffic to and from the UK was charged at the local rate. I think a lot of the stations were manned by the Royal Navy. The Area Scheme enabled British ships to operate with pipsqueak 100w transmitters for many years. Hope that all makes sense.

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Area Scheme station list.
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When I first went to sea,1966, the area scheme was as the map,except for area III, which was controlled from Mauritius (as #6 shows). Ceylon ceased to be a station that we could use. The commercial station, Colombo was I think 4PB. The missing Area IV, which is shown as area IC, was originally controlled from Barbados. I could be mistaken on that.
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Martin Winn. In 1960-'66 both parts of Area II were under Capetown/ZSL, manned by UK Royal Navy personnel. Area Ic was operated by Portishead Radio - Barbados/VPO was then a commercial station operated by Cable & Wireless.

phdad. The coast station names are given on the chart, together with their various functionality.
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Map of Coast Radio Stations and areas

Hello Jim,

The book you need is one issued by the ITU. Mine is dated November 1975 10th edition MAP OF COAST STATIONS. This will be long out of print or of use these days as the vast majority of stations have closed. I have taken a picture of a double spread of the area covering the north coast of Africa, the Meddy and the bottom half of Europe. There is a vast range of both Coast radio stations and Port stations.
The USA and Canada bristles with all manner of coast stations , port operation stations, on the coast and inland waterways.

Just found the following which you could chase up

C I.T.U. 1976 ISBN 92-71-00036-6

The picture I took for you is probably too large to send here.

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Finbar:
Thank you. I actually have a copy of the book and will look in it for the map.

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Map of Coast Radio stations and areas

Hello Jim,

Thank you for confirming you have the book that I have and referred to. It is a great volume to take down from the shelf and use it to cast ones mind back to the glory days of, mainly, MF WT wireless communications for ships.

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Jim

You are probably ahead of me on this but there is a lot of info on www.coastalradio.org.uk

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Thanks Neil. I think that I might have seen this site once before, but looked again and will definitely spend more time here now.
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Finbar,

I believe the book you reference is a book of maps sold by ITU which showed all the coastal radio stations. I tried to get that on every ship I was ever on, they'd never send it to me.

If you scan some of the interesting areas, send them to me by email and I will post them to the Internet Archive where I have many resources of interest to former R/O's. http://tinyurl.com/djringjr/

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The book you need is one issued by the ITU. Mine is dated November 1975 10th edition MAP OF COAST STATIONS.

I.T.U. 1976 ISBN 92-71-00036-6

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Months of GKs, Zs, Vs and Cs then GLD - GNI - GNF. Memories. We're nearly home.

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Just as a matter of interest, Finbar/EJM. I've probably spoken to you on the key. 'Claymore' and 'Iona'.
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I was thinking the same thing when I saw this area map.
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Months of GKs, Zs, Vs and Cs then GLD - GNI - GNF. Memories. We're nearly home.
Yep....when I could hear VIS in daylight....
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You are probably ahead of me on this but there is a lot of info on www.coastalradio.org.uk

Regards, Neil
Reading the call signs and frequencies on the www.coastalradio.org.uk site just threw me back about 50 odd years, thank you many good memories.
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Yep....when I could hear VIS in daylight....
Entering Port Chalmers NZ, I couldn't raise Wellington just up the coast - GKA offered to forward my TR from exactly the other side of the world. Often not easy raising either Sydney (VIX) or Vancouver (CKN) when roaming the Pacific. Yet AM signals could reach the full length of the ocean at night.
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Entering Port Chalmers NZ, I couldn't raise Wellington just up the coast - GKA offered to forward my TR from exactly the other side of the world. Often not easy raising either Sydney (VIX) or Vancouver (CKN) when roaming the Pacific. Yet AM signals could reach the full length of the ocean at night.
VIX was the navy station in Canberra.

VIS was the commercial station in Sydney.
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Interesting point VIX QTH Canberra as #6 Area Scheme broadcast list shows VIX as Sydney.
Recall circa '57 VIX as HF Area broadcast and VIS Area HF ship/shore tfc with VHM Coonawarra (NT) Area Supplementary RX Station.
Other (Oz) Area call signs from memory were VKN and maybe VKM.
Colombo GZC Area broadcast GGZP tfc as were Singapore GYS broadcast GYL tfc and Capetown ZSL broadcast ZSC tfc.
At this time I understand all were within either RN or Commonwealth naval bases.

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Map of Radio Stations

Hello David,

I will take some pictures of various pages of the I.T.U book and send them to you, just confirm your actual e-mail address, direct. The detail is so interesting. Small Pacific islands, West Africa, The Black Sea, this collection of maps and a good imagination and memory is all one needs to whizz back in time.

My e-mail now is [email protected] Like most things nowadays, my usual e-mail has become problematic, oh well.....

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Hello Duncs,

Oh yes I certainly do remember working those ferries , from EJM, all those years ago. I can remember receiving TR's particularly, just before the vessels arrived at Ullapool. We both, ship and coast radio station need to complete the qso before the ships signal was masked by the large mountain before the ship arrived at Ullapool.

The name Maskil has just popped into my head, one of the R/O's, who came to visit the station on two occasions whilst on holiday in Ireland. I hope I have got that right.

GNOT is one callsign that has also come to mind .

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Hi Finbar, I was only relieving on them, through MIMCO, though I'm from Castlebay, Barra. I didn't know the regular ROs.

GNOT I think was the 'Iona', The 'Claymore', I think was GYAE.

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