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."
The below received from Johnno Johnston -
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.
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)
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-
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-
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-
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.
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.