'QSO the World'



The aim of this page is to pass on articles of interest to serving & ex-serving Communicators  and interested parties.  I am sure that many of the contributor names listed below will be familiar to other shipmates who may visit this site.

We are now in direct contact around the globe via the Internet, email and social media, so we are truly  QSO the World”

This is not an on-line forum, if you would like Comms related articles published on this page please send me an email, I update this website regularly and will publish your article (with accompanying photo/s if you wish) as soon as I am able.

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John Curbishley
Web Yeoman

January 2019


1. This second update will just be a short one with those that have booked to date. Also if you are aware of anybody else that might enjoy this catch up reunion please invite them along.

2. For the opening night catch-up on Friday 22nd, don't forget to bring along your own food. We will be putting on a pot of little boys to help the night along.

3. Not much else to say - so here's a list of all those booked to date:- keep recruiting, the bigger the better.

John & Sue Falk  John & Rachel White & Simon Ted & Lyn Murray
Kym & Heather Parry Jan & Andrew Gallagher Roy & Lyn Barber
Ernst Power & Les Thurgood Michael & Carmel Delaney Marion & Ian Schubert
Janet & Greg Beck Brian & Ritva Harley Hugh & Pat Green
Frank & Evelyn Hoy John & Kath Williams Don Parsons & Villa
Steve & Julie Bridge Marty & Jeanette Grogan Nevelle & Dayle Coats
Barry Kane Trevor Watson Jan Withers

I shall put out another update as numbers increase or just before the Reunion.

Cheers Nokka


Vale Captain JP Stevenson AM RAN Rtd

I regret to advise that Captain JP (Steve) Stevenson AM RAN Rtd., crossed the bar on 29 January 2019. 

Captain Stevenson was in command of HMAS MELBOURNE in 1969 when the American Destroyer USS Frank E. Evans collided with the RAN Flagship in the South China Sea.

The RAN will be honouring Captain Stevenson by providing a full naval funeral at the Garden Island Chapel commencing at 12.00 on Friday 15 February.  All welcome.

For those who wish to attend the Funeral Service to be held at the Chapel, Garden Island, you will need to have your name listed, so please send a email with your details to the following:
email address is

Allan ‘Shorty” Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW Chapter

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VALE Clive Henry 'Duke' Norfolk R52222 (ex LRO)

DOB 07/01/1938, Joined RAN 30/07/56 for 6 years, Discharged 29/01/62.

I have received several emails and phone calls regarding the sad passing of Clive “The Duke” Norfolk .

I first met Duke when he drafted into HMAS HARMAN after serving on HMAS MELBOURNE late 50’s early 60’s and later on when he was with DCA.

No other details are known at present, but if I receive further information from his daughter, I will pass it on.

Lest We Forget
Allan “Shorty” Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW Chapter

From: Clive Norfolk

Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:49 PM

To: Allan Moffatt

Subject: Re: My Deepest Sympathy

Dear Shorty,

Victoria here, Clive’s daughter. I rang Elaine this afternoon and told her our sad news.

Clive has been seriously ill since August 2018 with Heart Failure. He struggled to stay at home, he ‘dodged a bullet’ with several recent health scares but living 70kms from a hospital was a risk that caught up with him on Monday night and he passed away before the ambulance arrived.

He didn’t want to move from Buchan and he got his wish, I suppose that is some comfort.

If you would like any further information you can contact me at


On 31 Jan 2019, at 1:52 pm, Allan Moffatt wrote:

Good afternoon and on behalf of the RAN Communications Branch Ass, we offer our Deepest Sympathy

 I had a phone call from Mrs Elaine King advised that Clive had sadly passed away

So if anyone could send me all details , I shall place on the Communicators Website for all to know.

 Lest We Forget

 Allan “Shorty” Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW Chapter
Lest We Forget



This Service will be held over the weekend of the 8th February till 10th February and this will be held by the Survivors Association in memory of the worst peacetime RAN disaster which occurred on the 10th February 1964 when the Destroyer HMAS VOYAGER and the air craft carrier HMAS MELBOURNE were involved in a fatal collision during exercises on the NSW coast near Jervis Bay and sadly the loss of 82 personnel.

The weekend will commence on Friday 8th February with a “Meet & Greet” being held at the Jervis Bay Club (formerly the Huskisson RSL Club.)

On Saturday 9th during the AM, a “dolphin watch cruise” on Jervis Bay .

That evening at the Jervis Bay Club a formal dinner will be held at the Jervis Bay Club . I have been Invited and given the privilege of being asked again to carry out the duty of the MC at this very moving part of the weekend.

Now on Sunday 10th February, a Memorial Service was planned as normal to be held at the Chapel, RANC, HMAS CRESWELL but this year at 10.00am there will be a Dedication Service to be held for the new Memorial which has been built by the Shoalhaven Council and the Huskisson RSL , located behind the Jervis Bay Club , so the Church Service will not be held.

Should you be attending the Dedication, full Medals are to be worn.

That evening at the Memorial, at 2045 (8.45pm) the time of the fatal collision a Memorial Service will be held – all are welcome to attend

If anyone should be in the Jervis Bay area or wishes to attend some of the Services, (the Dedication of the new Memorial and the Memorial Service that evening ) you will be most welcome

Allan “Shorty” Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW Chapter

RANCBA ACT - Australia Day Function

For our Australia Day function this year Kaye Mongan, a committee member, has kindly agreed to hold it at her place.

Catering will be by Costco platters, purchased by the Association. BYO drinks.

Please advise me by email, or leave a message on my mobile phone, of your attendance.

Date – Saturday 26th January 2019RAN Communications Branch Association
Kick off – 1200
Venue – 11 Leggo Place Dunlop

Hope to see you all there…..


Peter Guy
02 6288 0828
0499 991 421

From Jack Bawden:

Thanks NSW Chapter, in particular Shorty and Dolly, many thanks for a fantastic day, 13th Dec, on Garden Island Harbour. The food, drinks and especially the company, FIRST CLASS”.