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Old 19-07-2009, 23:35
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Communicators; its a long read/browse/study etc etc but reet gud:-

http://jproc.ca/rrp/index.html


something for everyone me thinks

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Old 20-07-2009, 00:03
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Have a look see at yer modern Aus Navy opportunities; if yer over 60 then just remember we found out all we could to provided the database from whence to build (we wish) and the equipment is a product of our endeavours.

Well what is being a veteran all about anyway, if not to give hope to those who follow:-


http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/navy/itAndEducation/


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Old 20-07-2009, 12:28
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Oh if I were 40 younger,

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Old 20-07-2009, 15:36
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Being as my first ship was "Bulwark" as part of the Far East Fleet and a commando carrier, my earliest experience of comms, outside of training of course was as a "sparker" for joint operations. This meant that I spent onboard time manning circuits with the army, marines, ghurkas and anybody else who wanted to play with us. If not onboard I was generally in the back of a landrover operating or up at some forward air base in a jungle clearing. This got me thinking about portable radios. Anyone else remember the A43R Mk2 called the 634 in the navy? Good little set which we could use to talk to the choppers. The batteries were the size of a house brick! I also remember the Type 62, the naval 622. This HF set was classified as a "two man portable" and the handbook said that we could commandeer local mules to help transport it and its associated gear! Who wrote this rubbish?! When was the last time you saw a mule? Happy days though and jungle green seemed to suit me back then.


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Old 20-07-2009, 16:24
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Portables in my time (54 - 94):
46 Set - 4 channel VHF
612ET - Transportable HF (some fitted in ships)
615 or 88A - VHF manpack
620 -VHF
622 - MF/HF + Its Army brother the 19 Set (with and without VHF attachement)
625 or A40 VHF
629 - First Liferaft set 5 ton and 8364 KHz - Replaced by 638
631 - HF Voice - Transportable (some fitted in ships)
634 UHF
635 HF
350 VHF
351 VHF
Stornaphone - VHF (IMM Band) hand held (Initially issued for Damage Control - but was so good it was used for just about everything!
All or most of which has been replaced by the BOWMAN family of radios

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Old 20-07-2009, 16:28
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Stornophone was the only Portable we used in the HKS. The 622 was for putting my feet on, to save sliding around the office in a Tai Fung.
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Old 20-07-2009, 16:33
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Back to Kranji W/T - I have annotated the photograph naming the buildings I remember

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Old 20-07-2009, 18:12
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Now I see said the blind Yeoman.

I could pick out most of the buildings but in '62 the Junior Rates messes were down in the jungle single storey with a bamboo roof complete with snakes and luckily a few mongeese supplemented by the daily visit of the snake catcher.

Thanks for that one Graham.

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Old 20-07-2009, 18:39
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Did my killicks course at Kranji 1963 I think, our mess was at the bottom of the hill, had to climb up steps into the mess, always worried about snakes.
Use to have to walk up the hill to do the morning watch with the policeman. Was the hanging tree still there or was that just a myth.

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Old 20-07-2009, 18:59
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When was the last time you saw a mule?
... never!!! but I believe quite a lot of them end up in prisons in various parts of Asia
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Old 20-07-2009, 22:38
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Agree, the JR sleeping huts were at the bottom of the hill just across from the STC, neither of which are in the photograph - what I have marked is the JRs mess (dining hall, galley, NAAFI and I believe the ship's company JRs also slept in this block on the top floor.

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STC?????

You are not telling me that the Comms had their own Special Treatment Centre. Mind you it was The Far East!!!!!!!!!
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Old 20-07-2009, 22:44
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Yep, operated by Mary Sew Sew for "Blank Week" relief.
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Old 21-07-2009, 01:50
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Back to Kranji W/T - I have annotated the photograph naming the buildings I remember

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I am a little confused after looking at the photo. The kranji I remember does not resemble the photo.

I recall getting off the bus and being confronted by two rectangular whitewashed buildings. On the right was the RO(S) area and on the left was the RO General service, receive building (which is where I worked). Spent my time on watch reading ship/shore from Commonwealth units. There was also a Malay desk with a couple of Malay operators.

Back outside. Immediately behind these two buildings which would have been 30 or more yards long, was another smaller building which I believe was the dining hall.

There might have been other buildings behind these two receive halls but I don't recall them.

Can someone put my mind to rest.
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Old 21-07-2009, 13:32
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'ello again communicators... just including a link about comms in the US Coast Guard... might even get a visit from CGRET

http://www.rogerwendell.com/coastguard.html

found it whilst having mooch and see what another type of 'navy' does!!

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Old 22-07-2009, 10:36
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Found this link whilst "surfing". Think it would interest anyone that was at Mercury. If you thought you knew about the history of Mercs - think again.....

http://www.rncca.com/PDF%20Docs/MercHist1.pdf
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Old 22-07-2009, 12:28
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Thanks Billbuntintosser. An excellent read Sir and memories suitably stirred.

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Old 23-07-2009, 13:27
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Singapore Yu Chu Kang road cont'd;

further to post #132 & #134 here is another link expanding some activities of the period (pages 56;57;58 refer):-

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=T...esult&resnum=6


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Old 24-07-2009, 10:17
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One for the S/m sparkers:-

http://jproc.ca/rrp/rrp2/oberon.html

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Found this website with photos of Comms ratings of various years on the wonderful Island of Malta. Thought it may interest some of you.

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http://www.rnmuseumradarandcommunica...0TOGETHER.html
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Old 24-07-2009, 11:49
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Found this website with photos of Comms ratings of various years on the wonderful Island of Malta. Thought it may interest some of you.

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http://www.rnmuseumradarandcommunica...0TOGETHER.html


If I had taken time to look first before engaging gob - would have found loads and loads of REM's, MEM's and very few Comms ratings.
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A "Green" Empire even??
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One for the S/m sparkers:-

http://jproc.ca/rrp/rrp2/oberon.html

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Ahh, the UA4, what a magnificent piece of kit. Well, at least it rhymes with kit?? But it was, in my opinion, better than the UA2 and 3.
In 'A' boats, the UA4 was situated inside the W/T office on the right, next to the 623. When "Warner" was closed up, that meant two people being in the office, which was, to say the least, a little cramped. Also a little annoying to the on watch Sparker when the Warner Operator would blow loudly on his whistle, and start shouting Danger.
In Ps and Os, it was down the AMS where one section of the "Trials" team would also be dumped. Not a nice place to share with someone who likes to eat the odd "Spithead Pheasant" or six.
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I went on three different A boats and the Oberon out of Singapore and never came across the UA4 on any! We had our 'trials fit' put in the radar office replacing the boats' radar that would have been there normally.. so with two scopes as the eyes, we became the ears 'up top' for the boat, as well as the normal 'trials' duties.

The remainder of the 'trials' team would be in the W/T office and as you say could get a bit cramped when normal W/T skeds etc needed to be done.

Still it was Sarongs and flip-flops as rig of the day.

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I went on three different A boats and the Oberon out of Singapore and never came across the UA4 on any! We had our 'trials fit' put in the radar office replacing the boats' radar that would have been there normally.. so with two scopes as the eyes, we became the ears 'up top' for the boat, as well as the normal 'trials' duties.

The remainder of the 'trials' team would be in the W/T office and as you say could get a bit cramped when normal W/T skeds etc needed to be done.

Still it was Sarongs and flip-flops as rig of the day.

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My "steaming" Moccies finally gave up when I joined Boxer. Apparently they are not recognised "Pusser's" rig. Nobody told me that.
When I was "riding" Oberon, the "Warner" was down in the AMS along with the "E" fit. But this was of course after a pretty major refit, and alteration programme carried out after her return from the FES.
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