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The following was received from from David Green (Sec. 367 Assn.) on 14/12/2017.

Hello Colin.
I am following up on a request from Brian Mudge to send you details of our “wind up” reunion and A.G.M. next year. Brian has already given you the basic details as to why this is happening and although it is early doors we have made some preliminary arrangements. The event will take place on the weekend of 12th, 13th and 14th October 2018. As Brian has told you we are having a slate plaque carved with the 367 Crest and have organised an installation and dedication ceremony on Friday 12th October at 1400 hrs. in the R.A.F. Church of St. Clement Danes, The Strand, London. This will be conducted jointly by the resident Chaplain and our own Padre, who before ordination was a WOP/DF/A at Little Sai Wan. The basic arranging of the weekend will be in the hands of a Travel and Tour Company, Isle Of Wight Tours, who specialise in handling this type of activity. We have asked them to find us an Hotel just outside the M25 corridor with easy access to mainline and underground stations. The intention is to ask members attending to either make their own way to St. Clement Danes ready for the ceremony or to make for the Hotel where we shall put on a coach to take them to the Church and back. On Saturday 13th we are arranging a visit to the R.A.F. Museum at Hendon which has undergone a reorganisation with a new visitor Centre and improved displays and facilities. After lunch we shall hold our A.G.M. at the Museum (start at 1500 hrs.) in a room we are booking if the price is right!!! If it isn’t we shall return to the Hotel and hold it there. The Saturday evening will be our final reunion Dinner which we hope to make a little special. Sunday morning after breakfast we part company and make our way home.
I should stress that some of these timings are subject to changes if things go pear shaped however the Church has been booked for that day and time so will remain whatever else is changed. For your interest a similar plaque has been dedicated and laid quite recently by a group of ex R.A.F. Labuan personnel who served at this R.A.F. station. They worked with both R.A.A.F. and R.N.Z.A.F. staff and the embassies of each Country sent a member of staff (Military) to be present and lay wreaths to honour those people who had served there and have since passed on. I know it’s a tall order but should any of your group wish to attend our event then you only have to ask me and I will arrange for the Tour company to send them booking details when they become available next Spring.
Thanks for your interest in our event and I echo Brian’s wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Sincerely, David Green (Sec. 367 Assocn.)

From 367 SU Assn RAF

Received 12/12/2017.

Hi Colin,
It's been a couple of years, or so, since we last corresponded, but we thought you should know that at our last AGM in November last, it was decided to wind down the 367 Association next year. This is due to a number of factors, one of these being the aging of our members thus making it difficult for members to attend AGM/Reunions, as well the membership is gradually diminishing each year! As next year will be the 25th anniversary of the start of the Association, it was thought appropriate to being a dignified ending of an excellent quarter of a century!!
At the AGM/Reunion, it was thought that a fitting end would be to commission a commemorative plaque, and have it dedicated at St. Clement Danes, London. As 3 Tels R.A.A.F, our sister Association, being greatly involved with 367SU, we would like to invite representatives of 3Tels R.A.A.F members to attend this event or maybe arrange, via the Australian Embassy, a representative on behalf of 3Tels.
Our secretary, David Green, is our primary organiser is coordinating this event and can provide further details of our planned wind up of 367 Association, should your remaining 'members' of 3Tels wish in be involved.
Please let me have your thoughts Colin.
Many thanks & can I take this opportunity of wishing you & all family, etc a very Merry Christmas & a Healthy New Year
Best wishes
Brian S. Mudge - 367 Archivist & Newsletter Editor

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The following has been received regarding the publication of work by our Ned, the "Bullsbrook Bard".

Hi all,
Ned has asked that the following be brought to the notice of all :
"I've published a book of verse. Anybody interested can find the details on Google by typing in:- NED NEWCOMBE.
The book is called "WA Verses and Political Comments Over Thirty Years"
Vivid Publishing or Booktopia"
John Stewart
3 Telecommunication Unit Association

Hi Col
Reading Frank Boltons post The "ULTRA " Eavesdropper in the Whats Happening section of the 3TU Web Page referring to the book On ULTRA Active Service, the author Geoffrey Ballard also gets a mention in The Secret Code Breakers of Central Bureau by David Dufty published 2017. Should be in some Libraries, Kalamunda certainly has a copy.
Alec Wallington 866


The following and pic received from Bob Norx (758) via PX (603).
"We are in the UK at present, duty family visits. Photo was at the home of the Royal Signals at Blandford camp,Dorset. It was Princess Royal day for the Signals and the other blokes are ex boy soldiers of the late 50s early 60s of whom I was one.Before I came to my senses and came to Oz with the RAAF. Yes was wearing the 3TU hat and blazer badge, however was wearing a Royal Signals tie."
Bob - Front 3rd from left. ED

The below received from Johnno Johnston - 797, with attached pic.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:27 AM
Subject: Anzac day parade

The good old 3TU being represented in Byron Bay yesterday, on the other side of Australia. I thought you maybe interested.

Tks Johnno

The following has been received from Brian Woolfe (Opr 651).  It relates to the son of Geoff Robinson (Opr 733).
Click on the "Northern Star" link below, to read the story.
Ed (Rcvd 26 Jan 2017)

Self-confessed 'RAAF brat' now the boss | Northern Star

Came across this unexpectedly local rag....

From today’s The Advertiser (Monday 31 October 2016)
Is Morse Code still used in radio communication? – D.A. (Findon)
In 1999, Morse Code was officially replaced as the international standard for maritime distress by the Global Maritime Distress Safety System, which includes such components as the Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), Navigation Telex, search-and-rescue transponders and Digital Selective Calling.
The final Morse Code message sent by the French Navy was: “Calling all. Thus is our last cry before our eternal silence’.
The final message sent by the US Navy recalled the first transmission, made by inventor Samuel Morse in 1844, “What hath God wrought SK” (SK denoting ‘silencing key’, being a common end-of-contact turn-over prosign).
Ten people a year are still trained in Morse Code in the US Air Force and both the US Navy and the Coast Guard still use signal lamps to communicate through Morse Code.
There are amateur radio enthusiast clubs around the world which are, among other things, dedicated to keeping the communication style alive. However, it is no longer necessary to be proficient in it to obtain an amateur radio licence.
The context in which Morse Code is most commonly used these days is in the aviation and aeronautical fields, due to the fact radio navigation tools such as VHF Omnidirectional Range and Non-Directional Beacons still identify in it.
The code has also been used as a form of communication by people who are disabled, or impaired due to strokes, heart attacks or paralysis. Paralysis sufferers, for instance, have been able to communicate in Morse via use of their eyelids in the form of long and quick blinks in lieu of dots and dashes.
So there ya go.

Hi Col,
I have not long finished reading a book titled “The Eavesdroppers” by Jack Bleakley. It provides a really good insight into the development of Australia’s Sigint organisation during WWII. It goes into great detail on how Australian Siginters provided valuable intelligence to Gen MacArthur and how they greatly assisted the war effort against the Japanese in the pacific.
I strongly recommend the book as a really good read. Unfortunately, copies are hard to come by and you may have to go though your local library to borrow a copy, however I’m sure that you will find that it is worth the effort.
It may be worthwhile posting this on the website.
Ian Simper

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