For all you Radio Officers here's a picture of the radio Room of the Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. Ltd Tanker Arabiyah dating from early 70's managed at that time by Common Brothers Newcastle. Can anyone recognise the rig?
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There were some console mounted and some in a separate unit. Tankers were big on the idea (because of all the cargo crap they sent out, I suppose). One thing with it was you had to keep a special clean 'rosie' under the teleprinter to catch the tape - especially if it was left unattended.Doug Rogers said:Thats a good thought, they were certainly around at that time but have no idea of what the actual Spectre equipment looked like. Dont think I ever worked or played with one!!.
The equipment could receive telexes unattended as long as good signals were being received. The transmitter and receiver were left tuned to the correct frequencies and the 'Spectre' switched the transmitter on when the ship was called by the coast station. As 'monitors' hadn't been invented then, the messages were recorded on the tape. The tape could be kept and run through the teleprinter as many times as you wanted to make more copies of the message. Sometimes the tapes were extremely long and ran all over the place so it was a good idea to let them pile up in the rosie. Some ROs were quite adept at reading the tapes, but not me (just a load of holes punched through the paper). You could also have a one to one conversation on telex, but it was all printed out on paper and needed an adept typist - especially as some of the girls in the office were so fast (at typing that is).Doug Rogers said:A seemingly silly question but why did you leave the tape on??, as a backup??, or to rerun for further copies if needed??. Hard to think back to those days having had the advantage of on screen editing and electronic storage and instant recall for so long now!!.
Malcolm,R651400 said:Excepting Siemens, Marconi and IMR had a preference to stand-alone.
Consoles came into their own with the arrival of the wartime Liberties. RCA and Mackay.
The problems mentioned above could de down to Marconi design.
I never had any with either US or the superb 60's multi-national SAIT console.