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Old 3rd January 2007, 19:41
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Hear Those Radio Stations again!

Ex R/Os may be interested in this website

http://www.seefunker.de/homepage/seefunk.htm

This is a german website but you can click for english language pages.

What they have there are recorded calling signals, in Morse Code, for many of the shore stations we will remember from our time at sea.

There is a world map and you pick out stations you would like to hear "for old times sake...!"

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Old 3rd January 2007, 20:24
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Great fun.

I'd forgotten how atonal GLD sounded and how "Geordie" GCC sounded.

Back on the last watch before turning in listening on 500 after 30 years this year.
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Old 3rd January 2007, 22:51
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Ted, Those guys in Germany also do a CD with lots of signals from various coast stations - pure nostalgia for us old sparkies.

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Its amazing just how many countries still have Coast Radio Stations operating CW/MF in the 305-574Khz Band,Stations such as 7TA, 7TO 5AL CWA JCG C6N JIT A3A FJA CTQ YIR VWP HLY 9KK VWN S3D 4PB S3E 5ZF VWB STP VWM and XSG to name a few. For the full list of over 4 pages try coastalradio.org.uk
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Old 4th January 2007, 04:50
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I found an LP of the life story of Nikola Tesla as told in morse code. Riveting.
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Old 4th January 2007, 09:18
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Whoa, an excellent site. Brings it all back to me again, thanks tedc.
I especially liked the morse instructions in english, nice touch and also Cullercoats call to Niton. Thats the magic of SN, wonderful stuff.

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Old 4th January 2007, 21:00
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Coast Radio Stations

Great idea, but I listened to GKZ and GNF. Not in a million years was that their "fist". Then to convince myself I listened to PCH - the home of the best keying anywhere - it wasn't them!
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Old 4th January 2007, 21:27
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Great idea, but I listened to GKZ and GNF. Not in a million years was that their "fist". Then to convince myself I listened to PCH - the home of the best keying anywhere - it wasn't them!
I must admit I also had reservations regarding PCH, I just wondered if it was during the latter days of morse usage after I'd left the sea and things could have been different.

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Old 4th January 2007, 21:58
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Great stuff didn't half bring back memories.
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Old 6th January 2007, 18:55
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For those old R/O's hankering for a bit of nostalgia there is a DVD which films the final hour of UK coast station GLD 500Khz watchkeeping where my uncle worked and with who I had many chats whilst I was either outward or homeward bound in the late seventies and early eighties as R/O on box boats for BSSM. Its called QRT500 and is available from
www.greatbritainonline.co.uk. I originally found this DVD via this site so bend your plastic and grab a hanky, sit back and enjoy the "old days".

ps for those who are not initiated into the black art of reading morse they have included a transcipt.
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Well spotted, Niggle.

Just ordered one. Hope they don't run out now that everybody knows about it.

All set for a bit of nostalgia when it arrives.
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Well spotted, Niggle.

Just ordered one. Hope they don't run out now that everybody knows about it.

All set for a bit of nostalgia when it arrives.

Sold another one.
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For those old R/O's hankering for a bit of nostalgia there is a DVD which films the final hour of UK coast station GLD 500Khz watchkeeping where my uncle worked and with who I had many chats whilst I was either outward or homeward bound in the late seventies and early eighties as R/O on box boats for BSSM. Its called QRT500 and is available from
www.greatbritainonline.co.uk. I originally found this DVD via this site so bend your plastic and grab a hanky, sit back and enjoy the "old days".

ps for those who are not initiated into the black art of reading morse they have included a transcipt.
Niggle,
Many thanks. I received my copy of the DVD today, just this moment finished watching it. It brought floods of tears to my eyes (you get more emotional after 60 years old I've heard), especially GLD's final transmission and then shutting down the equipment. Seemed like pulling the plug on a life-support machine to me..maybe that's just what is was.
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Many thanks. I received my copy of the DVD today, just this moment finished watching it. It brought floods of tears to my eyes (you get more emotional after 60 years old I've heard), especially GLD's final transmission and then shutting down the equipment. Seemed like pulling the plug on a life-support machine to me..maybe that's just what is was.
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Niggle and Mike

Got mine today as well, the weepiest movie I've ever watched.

Wasn't 500 quiet? When I left you couldn't normally get a word in edgeways.

Well, it's even quieter now!

Thanks for the recommendation, Niggle. TKS OM 73s AR
I shall watch it again on my PC but with my headphones on next time and have the Kleenex handy.

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Ex R/Os may be interested in this website

http://www.seefunker.de/homepage/seefunk.htm

This is a german website but you can click for english language pages.

What they have there are recorded calling signals, in Morse Code, for many of the shore stations we will remember from our time at sea.

There is a world map and you pick out stations you would like to hear "for old times sake...!"

Enjoy
I've just been onto that site and heard Anglesey Radio's ID.
I'd never heard it before, although I do remember hearing the radio station on my Dad's, now mine, old Pye radio which had Marine band. (Sadly though, the Pye set no longer works. It was left switched on for years beside my bed, but I had to move house and it was switched off, never to work again)
Thanks for that link, it was very interesting.
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Hi Malcolm:

I was at the yearly reunion of the GND staff (what's left of them!) at the end of June. Among the attendees were Eddie Adams, Bob Adams and Adam Reid, who are among the last of the "Old Timers", if I may use that phrase. Still around but not attending are Eddie MacRae and Archie Berry. From the next generation were Alistair Watt, John Stewart, Sandy Grant, Al Taylor plus myself and Les Anderson, Allan Cunnison, Mike Moir and Ian Cameron. There's a lot of silent keys, though, eg Charlie Mearns, Ken Foster, Dougie Davidson, Donald MacPherson, Norman Murray, etc.

Can I ask when you were at GND/GCC? - I was at GND from 1979-1998.

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What an interesting site !

I once got qry62 at GKB. And was worked within an hour. Good lads at that station.
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Hi Bill,
GND approx September 64 to October 65. I think Eddie Macrae moved into my slot.
Missing from your list of old timers was Bob Fox and Alex Watters.
Sad to see the SK's from my time.
Ken Foster Oic.
Big Donald Macpherson torpedoed twice during the war and renowned for his home-brew curries on nights.
Norman Murray must have been in the army. I recall he "procured" a Japanese officer's sword after a surrender which belonged to a Samurai family and which he was able to return eventually to the delight of this officer's family.
Wish I had seen this yesterday to jog my memory as I was at lunch with a visitor from Stonehaven who started his apprenticeship '64 at the Invercarron garage.
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Many thanks, Malcolm:
I don't know about Bob - certainly he was still around a few years ago - but Alex (a real gentleman, I thought) is no longer with us, I'm afraid.
Donald MacPherson used to say that, one night while he was on his break, Alex came in and virtually dragged him into the Ops room, where he had switched off everything possible. Alex said "This'll be the only time you've seen the room in complete darkness." Dan said he dashed around the room switching on the receivers, etc, while expressing his view of Alex' parentage. Alex left about a year or so after I joined in 1979 and didn't have a long retirement, I'm afraid. Neither did Dan - only about 9 months.
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I found an LP of the life story of Nikola Tesla as told in morse code. Riveting.
That sounds very interesting.

You lads might be interested in some other recordings including the ones you've mentioned http://tinyurl.com/djringjr don't be scared off by the first one being WBZ MF DX recording, there's mostly WT recordings at that link.

For example, this one which is called "Channel Tea Party" http://archive.org/details/ChannelTeaParty recorded by Chas Henry, VA3CH a former Marconi man in EU, mostly in the Suez.

Anyone is welcome to the Radio-Officers google group:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/radio-officers

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worked ZSC a great deal in the '70s and '80s.... the calling tape of Capetown Radio is 100% genuine. It ends with K TET, very distinctive, .... it still goes through my head more than 30 years later... help !
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A further note on the Tesla LP, I lent it and a few others to Dave Letterman's TV show to be used in a recurring segment "Dave's Record Collection". It was at least 10 years ago. It did get used in the show.
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Just ordered the DVD :-)
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Just ordered the DVD :-)
I have permission to distribute the DVD from the author.
I could have sent it to you via instant messenger file transfer. Or you send me a candy bar or a tin of spotted dick or a tin of treacle, and I'll send it to you by post or transfer the file by Internet.

The author never got paid, so I'd rather not enrich the distributor.

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A further note on the Tesla LP, I lent it and a few others to Dave Letterman's TV show to be used in a recurring segment "Dave's Record Collection". It was at least 10 years ago. It did get used in the show.
Pity I can't read morse for Tesla has always fascinated me - however a google revealed this.. http://www.n4mw.com/CPRecords/cpr33rpm.htm

Third line down, second from right hand end
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Pity I can't read morse for Tesla has always fascinated me - however a google revealed this.. http://www.n4mw.com/CPRecords/cpr33rpm.htm

Third line down, second from right hand end
That's the record I have.
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