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Old 29th September 2017, 02:12
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You're a bad man Bob! I liked it when they did a "shave and a haircut" and left the last two dots to you.

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Greetings,

Attached is a recording of ZCAO sending a TR, QTO Dublin.

I suspect the guy on the key at Portpatrick Radio was the late
Graham Mercer ( SK). Lovely crisp morse, no messing around
and a great signal. Mind you GPK is only 100 miles east of
Malin Head, where I made the recording.

The ferry from Dublin is a weaker signal, mostly over land,
and particularly the last bit on the Inishowen Peninsula, with a
range of mountains, south and east of Malin.

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I'm still working on my ETM4C squeeze keyer. I've got it all working but there's an annoying half second delay on the dash paddle which has so far got me baffled, but I'll plug away at it.

In the meantime I've come by a vibroplex bug key but while the dits aren't a problem, the dashes keep fooling me because I've been so used to the squeeze keyer for so long. I need to slow it down a bit so I can practice but that's not easily done with this key.

I'm resorting to rods and tubes same as this guy on Youtube.

https://youtu.be/8oZv9mVhBG4
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Old 29th September 2017, 12:33
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Tks agn Finbar.. Any ZC call in the old days would be a UK dependency. Anyone have any idea what QRA/flag ZCAO3 was?
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Old 29th September 2017, 17:01
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Probably Bermuda - it was a popular flag for a while.

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Old 29th September 2017, 18:29
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I sailed on a Bermudan registered product tanker for CP Ships and if memory still works the callsign was ZCAN.

I occasionally had to work Bermuda for various company messages and I'm trying hard to remember the callsign ... VRT ? VRN ? .... (bloody neurons have gone to sleep.)
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They need more lubrication..........VRT is right. VRN is listed as Sai Kung wherever that may be .

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Old 29th September 2017, 19:45
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Thanks David .. will get some more lubrication out of the fridge.

Yes VRT, it ran off the key nicely now I think back:

ditditditdah ditdahdit dah

CP had an office there on the island. (Although what they did is beyond me ... ) Quite a bit of their fleet was registered under that flag.
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Old 30th September 2017, 08:04
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VPS was a beautiful station. I got a very detailed tour in 1999 - you could literally eat your dinner off the tx hall floor....

All gone with GMDSS now, alas...
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When I was doing morse training for 'you know who' occasionally they used to play a 'wobbly morse' tape.

I'm sure many here will remember the 'wobbly morse' from stations up the Gulf, particularly Iran. Perfectly readable once you got the hang of it. During the training most of the students were ex-services and they had quite a bit of trouble with it. The only reason I could read it was because I did a lot of tanker time up the Gulf so I'd got a lot of practice.

We were never examined on it, it was just thrown in for a laugh.
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Yes, XSG was great as well. Halls full of JRC tx'ers...
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500 khz Recording WickRadio GKR TTT announcement

Greetings,

The recording attached is of WickRadio GKR on 500 kHz,
with an TTT announcement on the 29th March 1994.

Enjoy.

Finbar EJM retired EI0CF
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He sounds like he's coming to the end of a long night shift ...
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Although I never reached the standard of keying of the guy at GPK (#464 this thread), I was never as bad as that guy at GKR!

Never heard keying like that from a GPO operator in my time at sea. Now, where is that Curmudgeon thread?
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Certainly not up to standard.

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The date is post DOC, so would have been someone at GND.

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500 khz Recording FFB working 7TGW 31st Dec 1994

Greetings,

Attached is a recording of FFB at speed, on 500 kHz, working
7TGW.

Interesting keying from FFB, a Vibroplex or electronic keyer ?
Not sure, to be honest.

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It sounds more vibroplexy to me. The dot dash ratio on an electronic keyer is fixed and sounds more machine like.
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Rapid but rubbish morse.
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Still very readable though Ron.

I remember when I finally mastered my Spacemark ETM keyer we came out of the Red Sea bound for Perth (VIP I think) and after I'd sent a bunch of messages he complemented me on my morse. But the fact is, on an electronic keyer like the ETM it is perfect morse, dot dash ratio exactly as prescribed, and once you master it and avoid errors it is literally spot on and that really isn't so much down to the operator, albeit you have to practice, and practice, and practice, but that's nothing new to a keybasher.

(Of course the SOE types would be appalled at this because recognising the 'fist' of an operator would often tell you where it was coming from.)

I've always considered the choice of a morse operator is purely down to personal ideas, if it works for you ... good enough as long as the one at the other end is happy. I'm trying to master a Vibroplex now, with some degree of difficulty I might add not because I was trained on an up and downer, but because I used the old ETM for so many years, which, like and automatic gearbox on a car ... makes you seriously lazy.
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Rapid but rubbish morse.
Exactly. Awful.
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Over many years I have used side swipers, bugs and electronic keys. I would say both stations were using bugs or possibly side swipers, definitely not electronic. Agree both ops were sending rubbish morse especially FFB.
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500 khz GBLR sending a TR to GLD

Greetings,

A short recording of GBLR sending his TR to LandsendRadio GLD
on the 31st December 1994.

Enjoy

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Greetings,

A short recording of GBLR sending his TR to LandsendRadio GLD
on the 31st December 1994.

Enjoy

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Another beautiful record TNX
Do you have more records from Portuguese stations?
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