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Old 8th November 2016, 20:03
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Before my time but interesting that Portishead using A2 on hf and no watch on 22Mhz, (my first ship not fitted with 22Mhz either).
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Old 1st December 2016, 14:18
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500 khz East Pacific ALRS Vol 1 from 1951

Greetings,

It may be the 1st of December. Officially it's Winter. Let's
use ALRS Volume 1, of 1951, to whizz off to the Eastern
Pacific. A warmer place and a far different time, back then.

That ALRS listing of coast radio stations and their callsigns, of
that time, is like a history lesson. So much has changed.

Particularly in the Middle East and Far East, it was hard to
deceide what page to scan. Almost every one of them had an
interesting entry.

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Old 1st December 2016, 17:38
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I DR Finbar, do you have the same information of ARLS from Portuguese Stations?
Greetings from Portugal
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Old 2nd December 2016, 11:01
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500 khz Portugese Coast Stations and Nav Warnings ALRS

Hello Joe Luis,

I have scanned 3 pages of ALRS Volume 1 and 5 from 1950
and 1956.

These show the coast radio station entries and also the
Portugese Navy stations broadcasting Weather and Navigational
warnings during that period.

I hope this is of help to your in your search for historical information
on these stations.

Kind regards from Ireland.

Finbar EJM retired EI0CF
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Old 2nd December 2016, 14:55
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Thank you again DR Finbar.

New up date of callsign Old Portugueses Radio Satations:

CTN - Apúlia
CTI - Boa Nova (Leça da Palmeira)
CTV - Algés (Monsanto, Lisbon)
CTC - Cascais
CTS - Sagres
CTQ - Porto Santo
CTD - Ponta Delgada
CTH - Horta
CTB - Angra do Heroísmo
CTF - Santa Cruz das Flores
CTK - VILA DO PORTO
CTM - ESCOLA DE COMUNICAÇÕES
CTG - ESTAÇÃO RADIONAVAL DA ESQUADRILHA DE SUBMARINOS
CTJ – EX-RADIONAVAL DO MONTIJO.
CTR – CC PONTA DELGADA AÇORES
CTW – ALGÉS/MONSANTO.
CTZ - COLECTIVO DE CTV E CTD.
CTC – CASCAIS
CTE – BASE AÉREA 4 ESQUADRILHA DE SUBMARINOS
CTT - FARO
CTU - ALGÉS/MONSANTO.
CTP – OEIRAS
CTO - CENTRO DE COMUNICAÇÕES DO ALFEITE
CUL - LISBOA RÁDIO
CUB - MADEIRA RÁDIO
CUG - SÃO MIGUEL RÁDIO
CQM - São Tome
XXV (Luanda)
CQJ - Bissau
CRX (Lourenço Marques)
XXL e XXT (Macau e Timor)
XXU - S. Vicente (Cabo Verde)

Every thing you have about this, please let em now
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Hello Finbar

May I add my thanks to you for your posts. I hung my headphones up at the end of 1986 and I am amazed that after all the intervening years I can download your recordings and slip straight into the past as though I was back on watch.

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Old 6th December 2016, 13:10
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500 khz recordings Memory Lane

Hello Bob,

Thank you for your nice comments. Glad you are enjoying the
recordings.

I have sent you a private message on the Ships Nostalgia system.

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Old 6th December 2016, 13:36
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I too appreciate your posts and thank you. Myself I was perhaps too concerned about the 1884 Post Office Protection act to make any recordings!
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500 khz Nothing to worry about.....much

Hello Alan,

Glad you are also enjoying the recordings.

I have a very long recording of Channel Chatter, but it is
far too big a file for here ( not allowed ).

This really does give the feel of the bedlam of 500 khz during it's
hayday.

As someone else noted on here, one plonks ones feet up on the
desk, leans back, closes ones eyes, or glances out an imaginary
porthole, the gentle roll and ever present rumble from the
engine room and we are back again, on our best ship yet.
Next port, our favourite one. Happy days indeed.

If there was some way of posting that long recording I would do
so, unless one of the Senior members or moderators has a suggestion on how to overcome this issue. That would be nice.

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Old 6th December 2016, 15:09
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Do you have a Dropbox account or similar (one drive, google etc) that could be used? The chatter on 500 is music to my ears and thanks for the snippets you have posted - they have brought back many happy memories

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Old 6th December 2016, 15:56
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500 khz and Dropbox

Hello Bob,

Yes I do have Dropbox............somewhere, ie, I have not used
it in quite some time, so would have to find it on my PC ( this PC
is the latest in a line of desktop models, which have succeeded in
dying on me. Once I had to change from XP to 7, then Windows
10, it has been all downhill. I find myself using the PC less and less.
The Xyl's Ipad is just so much more convenient and instant.

The problem with the Dropbox option is that there would be little or no feedback, as there is on here, which I must say I very much
enjoy.............and very informative too.

Again, thanks for the suggestion and kind comments on those
recordings.

Kind regards
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Old 6th December 2016, 16:27
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Finbar,

Ref the file size. Have you any idea how large it is? The attachment limit for MP3
files is 9.72Mb. You could I suppose try and post it in sections - if that is possible.

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Old 26th December 2016, 13:59
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500 khz Recording TAH A9M YLQ SPE CNP CNW TFA etc etc

Greetings and a Happy Christmas,

Another 500 khz recording, this time from March 1996, just a few
years to go before the final close down of the CW distress frequency.

I have tidied up this recording, ie deleted the sections with no signals, or signals that are far too weak to make out, though, with DSP filtering one could perhaps pull them out of the noise.

Featured are signals from TAH and A9M, a long haul from my
home QTH, here in Malin. I note the receiver used was a home made
direct conversion set. Listen for the Italian ferry ( I presume) calling
IPA. There is still some traffic being handled, particularly from
Russian ships, plus EAF calling with QRJ traffic.

I hope you enjoy this MF CW recording.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all, best wishes for 2017

Kind regards
Finbar EJM (retired) EI0CF
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Old 26th December 2016, 14:48
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All the Best Wishes to you too, Finbar. Mni tks fer yr MP3 postings. They bring back many memories of my seafaring days.

73 de KR
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Old 26th December 2016, 19:26
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Season's greetings to you Finbar, and all the best.
This is without doubt my favourite thread on the site.
Cheers
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Old 27th December 2016, 04:30
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Another great one, Finbar.

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Thankyou for one of the most interesting and absorbing thread on this site. Not an RO, but always interested in marine radio I recall my first introduction to the "trawler" band and the UK coast radio network using an R 1155 rx. Also enjoyed LM radio.. was in Beira in1962 and always thought LM was one of the best radio station around, sailing between Beira and Colombo for a few months found LM and AIR English service as well as Radio Ceylon good listening. The loss of HF and MF marine radio turned listening into a waste land, so thanks to all who gave such great service over many years both asore and afloat.
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Finbar many thanks. I only sailed in EU waters once, the rest of the time was mainly in the Far East, but the atmosphere of 500 shines through on your recordings. Each coast station has it's on special tone and signature.
All the best for 2017.
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Wow, Lyngby, Stockholm, Ostend, Coruna, Reykjavik, Casablanca, Bahrain, Las Palmas, Riga ... a trip down memory lane.

I think there are quite a few Russian ships around because they kept ROs on longer than everyone else- maybe paranoid about US control of satelite communications?

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Old 29th December 2016, 08:43
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No, the Russians took marine comms seriously....
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500 khz Recordings Walvis Bay ZSV view

Greetings,

Attached is a picture I took, from the bridge of the
MV Anthony Two / 6ZFU, whilst we were alongside at
Walvis Bay. This was in 1973.

I visited the radio station and not alone was giving
a warm welcome, but the station manager invited me
to a trip out to their newly built radio station, about
5 miles out of town, and to be shortly occupied from the
original radio station.

Some of the gear was already operational, from remote
control from the existing station you can see it in my photograph.
Still in the era of AM modulation on 2182 khz, in the new
stations transmitter room one could easily listen to the audio
modulation, rattling in the laminations of the Modulation transformer.

The drive out to that new set up was, more or less through an
area of sand, very dry and dusty.

Back at the station in town, no wonder the building had high
ceilings and large, slow turning fans, considering the heat.
The lady on watch on 2182 khz was answering the odd call
and doing her knitting, to pass the remaining time.

I found ZSV, on 500 khz, to have a good signal and was one
to watch out for as one headed down the west coast of Africa
from Europe.
This was a nice opportunity to chat to the operational staff and
see what gear they were using.

Best regards
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I have also been to ZSV, Finbar. A fascinating place. Thanks.

Now V5W.
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Does Namibia still use South African call letters or was that when it was Southwest Africa?

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Old 4th January 2017, 08:51
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500 khz Recordings MV Aigeorgis 5B2165 Radio Room 1975

Greetings,

As I mentioned previously, the last ship I sailed on, in 1975, was
a tiny 2000 ton vessel. Radio equipment, Marconi gear , was MF
CW only. There was a basic VHF set on the bridge.

MV. Aigeorgis Callsign 5B2165

The radio room was tiny, just being big enough for me to squeeze in,
the door opened out onto the bridge. The attached photo shows me
looking out the door, my hand poised over the morse key. Behind
are the receivers, an Electra and Mercury, one on top of the other.
The transmitter is the Reliance.
Having no HF and sailing in the Meddy ( out of Bristol ), I would
clear traffic via Nition Radio GNI, staying up late, between 1 and
2 am and calling him on 500 khz. Worked every time.

Of eleven crew, there was 7 nationalities, quite a mix. The
Nigerian cook did a great job, basic edible food. He had a cabin
full of photographic equipment and he was setting himself up for
returning home to set up a photographic studio business.

Needless to say this was a freelancing job. I started with Marconi,
they did a stint with Royal Fleet Auxiliary, then on to a trip with
Niarcos, finally freelancing on two more ships, before coming
ashore to work at the coast radio station , at Malin Head EJM.

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