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Old 30-06-2009, 10:54
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I downloaded this pic from on of the links I had been playing with, so when I find the link again, full credit will go to its source.

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Old 30-06-2009, 12:08
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Hello again all,
Yes (Dave and all) there certainly is something rather special about old ship mates - loving to tell their yarns to all and sundry...my Dad always liked to share his stories. I always used to think it went hand in hand with being good communicators...literally. (There were some stories that weren't happy - but like you and your Dad, Jan...my Dad often had his audience in fits of laughter - with the funny anecdotes.)
Anyway, here's a photo of my Dad on the Aldis lamp on MGB357. I'll have to scan the other (radio cabin) photos up again - but if anyone wants to see them now - they're on the "Aegean Memories" thread.
I guess the radio operator on a small boat had a quite a different experience to those on the larger vessels (as shown in your pics Little h).
Also, Jan, can you remember any of your Dad's stories...I'm sure we'd all love to hear what he got up to during his service years. Plus what about the "memoirs" of you and the other radio ops here - you all going to share?
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Old 30-06-2009, 15:55
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Theory, good cure for insomnia. Wonder how I passed sometimes? Or did I? Maybe it was just a dream, or another hangover.

TCS, now there was a transmitter for you! Lots of luvverly little sparks flying all over the place.
Favourite was the 623 (SM HF fit), but life on small ships changed for the better with the 643 replacing the 618/619.
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Old 30-06-2009, 18:15
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The 643 was good. When I went on my small ships course they taught me all about it; even passed my exam on it. Then when I joined my 'sweeper in Fort William with just thirty minutes to our sailing, I discovered that I had a 619/CAT and not a bloody clue how to tune it! So after throwing my kit down the mess I sat with the twicer (BR222) and the ship's greenie and tried to work my way through it. Unluckily the off-going sparker had never bothered with the crystals so there were hardly any in the crystal drawer. This caused a bit of a headache on my first trip to sea when our skipper needed to make a Radfone call and Oban couldn't work with me because my frequencies kept wandering. Happy days eh?!


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Old 30-06-2009, 18:24
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619 was a real beaut. Used to hope that the ship rolled far enough so that, I could convince myself I had got a "Max". That said, had a good box of crystals.
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Old 30-06-2009, 19:48
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if you can cope with the gawdy colours have a shufti at this:-


http://www.godfreydykes.info/SUBMARI...RANSMITTER.htm

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Old 30-06-2009, 20:12
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Quick thinking LRO(G)
Background: I was RS of WHIRLWIND 63 West Indies (drool you B......ds, drool!) and had a Ham Radio station onboard (VP2SZ) with some of my prized QSL cards under the perspex on my office desk. 1st Lt was a Long (C).
Capt and RS working ashore in Nassau so Jimmy did Saturday rounds and LRO stood in for me onboard.

1st Lt to LRO on seeing the QSL cards - "Is the RS the only ham onboard?"
LRO - "Yes Sir, the rest of us are professionals"

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Old 30-06-2009, 20:27
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if you can cope with the gawdy colours have a shufti at this:-


http://www.godfreydykes.info/SUBMARI...RANSMITTER.htm

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Used to get into a flap when I joined my first boat.....what if I didn't get the recording right, wrong speed, tape twist etc?. All worked well though, and tried to read it at a higher speed after the sked. Mind you, needed the typewriter for that...good old Imperial 66.
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Old 30-06-2009, 20:45
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Great Story Fairlead.

And yes I am one of those drooling Bstds
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Old 30-06-2009, 21:43
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so I thought a while and these came back into the grey matter:-

3dits,4dits,2dits,dah; 2dits,dah dit,2dits dah = the sparkers demand that someone shuts up!!!

'beef essence' sent on a key = music in the headphones (rhythm method?)

asdf ;lkj (I know! but it has to be put that way) carriage return 2 line feeds

oh and those training sessions keyboard covered and to music = meekon with screwdriver!!!!!!!!!!!

dah dah dit dit dah dit dit dah dah dit (special for Trot) longest symbol I ever learnt ... can't remember how to write it!
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Old 30-06-2009, 21:49
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Great thread this is. Those links certainly bring back memories. Post some more if you have them lads.

Remember the phrases we used to send on a morse key to get our rhythm:

best bent wire / g

miss hessie bessie possess possessions

any more?

I used to have an Eddystone speed key. Looked like a black rat, Bakelite sort of covering and all brass weights, etc inside. Sold it when morse went out of service. Really wish I hadn't.
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Old 30-06-2009, 21:54
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Frank,
hello agin my friend, not forgetting the typing exercises:-
quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog
now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party
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Old 30-06-2009, 21:57
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hello agin my friend, not forgetting the typing exercises:-
quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog
now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party
or

shoot low hank, the sheriff rides a shetland pony

the quick brown fox.... was a good one because, as I am sure you remember h, used every letter of the alphabet.

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Old 30-06-2009, 21:58
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[

I used to have an Eddystone speed key. Looked like a black rat, Bakelite sort of covering and all brass weights, etc inside. Sold it when morse went out of service. Really wish I hadn't.[/quote]

I still have mine but cover is cast ally - next time I visit the loft I will take a pic and post it on here.

"Best Beef Essence" was another rhythm thing
and
"Paris" the speed test word

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Old 30-06-2009, 22:00
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I used to have an Eddystone speed key. Looked like a black rat, Bakelite sort of covering and all brass weights, etc inside. Sold it when morse went out of service. Really wish I hadn't.
I still have mine but cover is cast ally - next time I visit the loft I will take a pic and post it on here.

"Best Beef Essence" was another rhythm thing
and
"Paris" the speed test word

Fairlead[/quote]

Thanks Fairlead, would appreciate a walk down memory lane.

Just noticed that I am now a 'hooky'. Fairly racing through the ranks. Wonder when my next D10 will be.
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Old 30-06-2009, 22:01
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Re quick brown fox:- you see ... you weren't a WORS for nowt eh!!! t'wouldnt be fair if I give all the clues!!!

I know; we have to keep Qprdave informed

PS 'twood appear we were on our qwerty keyboards at the same time and some duplication has taken place... we may have to stay for backward typing now!!!!
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Old 30-06-2009, 22:33
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Possesses possesses more esses than possess possesses.....
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Old 30-06-2009, 22:53
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Temporary lull to that whilst you get your RSI claims in... can you imagine the pusser falling for that?

If any of us have a (few) hours to spare have a shufti to this un:-

http://jproc.ca/rrp/

Best of viewing to you all I like this link!

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Old 30-06-2009, 23:28
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An addendum to my previous post (ref the link) .. I suggest you take your time and click on as many equipment refs as possible .... also try the Oberon s/m item is most informative...
The link is one you might want to save as a short cut!!!

BUT where is the RN equivalent??????????????????????????????

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g'dayall,
what about -
Of all the fishes in the oggin the mermaid is the best for snoggin.
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Old 01-07-2009, 08:55
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I had forgotten Paris!
I remember doing technical stuff on my sub-spec course up in one of the huts in north camp, HMS Mercury. It was an afternoon and the RS was given us instruction in portable sets. When it came to the liferaft sets (and having tipped the wink to each other) the class pretended that we didn't understand what he was talking about when he told us that someone in the raft would have to turn the handles so that sparks could operate the set. No, we told him, frowning hard, we just didn't get it and could he please demonstrate? After much effing and blinding and calling us all sorts of names that our parents hadn't thought of, he proceeded to furiously turn the handles. This was our signal and as the poor bloke looked like an organ grinder we began throwing pennies at him. The whole class dissolved into uncontrollable laughter. The RS had the best laugh though as we spent our standeasy doubling around Mercs. Still, bloody funny though!!

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Hi all, This thread has the potential to overtake all others with the response so far.
Harry - that picture of the Victorious's BWO - the RS putting a stranglehold on the Operator on the left looks remarkably like you ???
Fairlead - You must have come across Ronnie Hill [Scouser] he operated Ham on every ship he could and when he was on Charybdis and me on Lynx he set up runs in every port we visited Guzz to the Phillipines.
One for the Buntings - MISSISSIPPI - when sent semaphore shoulder shrugging was the order.
Another for typists - Of all the fishes in the sea, the cleverest is the Bass,
he climbs up the Seaweed trees, and slides down on his ass.

Keep em coming ....... Dave H
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:54
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That poor RO2 on the nearest B40 looks chocka. Probably just been told to,"Stop chatting laddie. Face your model and swing!"

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Great yarn Fairlead. You must have more to tell us I'm sure. Frank you've reminded me of a would-be whizz kid sparker we had onboard one time. He had a semi-automatic key. To make dots you pushed it to the left; the dashes you made manually by pushing the key to the right. This chap really thought he was the business but after receiving QSD (your keying is defective) from just about every wireless station on the planet, the key disappeared into a drawer never to be seen again!

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That was the sideswiper or Bugkey which most US Sparkers used, I spent days trying to master it with a good teacher in a Chief Sparker Ron Hill who was a whizkid on it. He went on to do a six five then recruitment service and finally operating the Ham Station on HMS Plymouth and HMS Belfast. He always used a bugkey and so smoothly, enabled him to send a hi speeds but unfortuneately very few could read it and get it down for any length of time.
I Think the speed thing went back to when the Yanks were running FFE [28 wpm] from Guam after the war and on until the days when RATT took over the Broadcasts.

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