QSO the WORLD  -  July to December 2002

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Gary Guidotti ex LSRO 1976-1982.  Served HMAS Swan, HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Parramatta and a few shore establishments. Just wanting to pass on my email address for anyone that may recognise my name and would like to be contacted.  Email: garyguidotti@yahoo.com.au  Thanks, Gary Guidotti.  20/12/02.

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Garry 'Spike' Jones ex-LSRO - Email - garryj@barwonwater.vic.gov.au - Served 1980 - 1990
HMAS Melbourne 1982
HMAS Yarra 1982-1983
HMAS Perth 1986
HMAS Brisbane 1986 - 1990
Plus HMAS Harman 1983 - 1986
Regards, Garry Jones.  20/12/02.
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Les Thurgood sends:  "My late brother ex LRO Pete Thurgood's ashes were committed to the sea at 1000 on Saturday 9 November 2002 from HMAS Manoora at chart position 43 06.348S 147 33.086E.  This is only the basic information as his wife Marius does not yet have the full details from the ships CO, but I spoke to her yesterday and she said it was OK to let all his mates and ex colleagues know. On checking the position, it seems to be near the mouth of the Derwent River. Manoora had been on a visit to Hobart prior to this. Thanks to Dennis Preece and his daughter Kasey who is a SBLT on Manoora who let me know the basics not long after the event, via email. Thanks, Les Thurgood ex LRO."  Many thanks for keeping us informed Les.  13/12/02.
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Col Mellon
sends:  "I was at Coonawarra with Bob Pola in 64/65. A mutual friend, Anne Dupen (now Dupen-Holland) is anxious to contact Bob Pola. They were good friends in those days and Anne has asked me to make enquiries on her behalf. Anne can be contacted at anne-peter@bigpond.com  Incidentally, Pedro Franklin and I are good mates. Next time you see him give him my regards. I attended his investiture (OAM) in Darwin all that time ago. Thanks for your help, Col Mellon."   Les Church has advised that Bob may no longer be with us, does anyone know of his whereabouts or whether he has passed away??  13/12/02.

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Robbie Dix sends the following: "I only operate snail mail as I spend four months travelling Oz in "Greybeard Voyager" - my motorhome, and two months overseas each year to refresh my language skills. Well that's my excuse. Having sampled eighteen wineries in Rutherglen over a fourteen month period and with real estate prices increasing by 50% I decided to sell up and move on. Bought a lovely old home on a few acres - with my own trout stream - in North West Tasmania in September 2002 and this will now be my home base for six months each year. If you are ever in my area I have parking for several motorhomes/caravans or inside accommodation. Although in the countryside it's only 20 minutes from the ocean and shopping centre. Phone (H) 03 6435 7649 (M) 0415 448 541. Robbie Dix."  8/12/02.
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Ian Pitkethly:  "Was wondering if you could put the following on the next QSO site update for me. I am looking for the whereabouts of the two CPORS Doc Watson's, Watson T.V. (Trevor) and D.R. (David). I haven't seen their names on the AIG 2005 site and wanted to catch up with them. I was on Supply and at A'tross with Dave and Trevor was my CPORS on Torrens. Thank you,  Regards, Ian Pitkethly Ex-CPORS"  8/12/02.
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Graham Bence sends:  "If anybody is interested there is a great site on WWII with plenty of addresses to other sites. There is also Bletchley Park and a mock up of an Enigma machine that can encode messages. List of all the museums with WWII exhibitions, and plenty of other information. 
www.euronet.nl.users/wilfried/ww2/ww2.htm 
If you like to read about World War II history this is the place. No American Bullshit. Regards, Graham."  8/12/02.
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John Balabouhin sends:  "G'Day, I must apologise for sticking my nose in your web site, however I am desperate for information. I am doing some research on "Vendetta" in 1964 whilst in Borneo. The research is on a group of British commandos/Marines boarding the Vendetta & were then taken to Singapore. Who else would know the answer other than a communicator. If you can help it would be greatly appreciated. Regards, John Balabouhin, Ex PO(ME) Vendetta."  If anyone can help John out, please communicate directly with him.  27/11/02.
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Alan Rodgers has advised that  the following web site deals with HMAS HOBART Association WA and the recent scuttling of the ship.  It is run by Trevor Cangemi (President of the HMAS HOBART Association in WA) and is well worth a look.  www.hmashobartasswa.com
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Doug Marsh has some info for prospective travellers:  "I´m flying up to Amsterdam for a month looking around Holland and Belgium, and it occurred to me that some of the people who read the RANCBA page may be planning trips to Europe and are not aware of a few of the no-frills airlines available. A few of their web sites are; easyjet.com   germanwings.com    airberlin.com    ryanair.com   buzzaway.com    basiqair.com   Easyjet and Buzzaway are British no-frills that fly to Europe, Germanwings and Airberlin are based in Germany and go to a few places, Basiqair is based in Holland and Ryanair is based in Ireland. There are some real bargains to be had if you're flexible with your travel dates.  I'm flying Madrid/Amsterdam/Madrid for A$245, departing mid morning and returning in the afternoon. If the web site comes up in a European language, click on the Union Jack or English language version, the prices are given in Euros, the rate of exchange at the moment is A$1 = 0.54 euros or 1 euro = A$1.85 and A$1 = UK0.34 or UK1 = A$2.94. Fly with one of the majors to Europe, but then if you can, use one of no-frills and save your money for something else. Regards, Doug Marsh."  Many thanks for passing that on Doug.  18/11/02.
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Graham Bence has passed on some interesting photos:  "Thought that the members would like to see how HMAS CASTLEMAINE is bearing up. They have a hard core membership of 12 and they meet every Tuesday and the ship is open for inspection Saturday and Sunday.  The radio shack is pretty small and they have three B40's and when we were in Canberra and visited Harman didn't even have one. Maybe if Harman is setting up a Museum they should get in touch with Castlemaine and borrow one. Regards, Graham Bence."  The people who devote their time to this sort of historic restoration deserve all the credit they can get.  BZ to all, the old girl is looking good.  24/10/02.
Castlemaine in all her glory.  Castlemaine gangway.  Castlemaine Radio Shack.  Castlemaine Coxswains Mess  Castlemaine hammock space.  Castlemaine Bridge.  
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John & Dee Payne have moved house to golfing territory in Yarrawonga from Friday 25 October.  New email address is bunkered@austarnet.com.au  Seems to be a popular spot, with Doug and Sally Kissick also moving there recently.  Shouldn't be any problem arranging a hit if you are passing through.  24/10/02.
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Andy Mills advises:  "Fellow communicators in NSW and ACT. The annual RANCBA commemorative Service will be held at the Garden Island Chapel at 1000 on Sunday 20th October 2002. During this service, a plaque, in memory of CPOTEL Brian Hatch will be dedicated in the Chapel of Remembrance. All Association members are cordially invited to attend this service. After the service, the association will gather at Paddington RSL for drinks and lunch at your own discretion. Hope to see you there. Regards, Andy Mills for Shorty Moffat."  Sorry for the delay posting this, have been having problems uploading.  24/10/02.
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Neil Douglas sends:  " I wonder if you could add my e-mail to the list. I only just caught up with the website via Ian Picone who I work with in Brisbane. Love the website, a lot of names come back through the haze. I served 1973-1987 on Vendetta, Brisbane, Buccaneer and Yarra and various shore depots. Be aware of Picone's offer of a ride on his cruiser. He plied me with drink and food, then I spent the rest of the afternoon doing the brightwork. Regards, Neil Douglas (LSRO). email liambeamer@aol.com " Thanks Neil, and for the warning about the Brasso. 24/10/02.
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Owen 'Polly' Perkins sends:  "Is it possible to be added to AIG 2005. Details as follows: PERKINS Owen (POLLY) & Marilyn Hinchinbrook NSW, owen.perkins@defence.gov.au I am currently working for Defence Information Systems at Holsworthy (Army) I'm not sure if you remember me but I joined in 1969 did 26 years and paid off as a CPOSY. I'm currently in the Reserves with not much happening in that area.. I have been keeping in contact at the ANZAC day reunions in Sydney and the "Parramatta Piss Pots" get together's, which there is one coming up on the 30 November 2002 1200 at Parramatta RSL. Frank Lawton organises these and usually emails the locals. Regards Polly." Thanks Polly, good to hear from you.  24/10/02.
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Rod Beckinsale would like the following passed on: "Thankyou for thinking of me and sending your prayers and best wishes following my recent heart attack and subsequent coronary bypass surgery. I'm now home and in Marg's good care - so it's all up from here. I will contact many of you personally as I filter through the mail I've received over the past couple of weeks, but in the meantime many many thanks." Rod Beckinsale.  See below for more info on Rod.  Good to see him home and well.  20/10/02
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Doug Marsh is travelling again, not too well sometimes it would seem:  "Apologies to William Wallace/Mel Gibson. Writing from Hurghada, Egypt, its a dive resort on the Red Sea. Getting into Nuweiba Egypt from Aqaba Jordan was interesting as the Egyptian Police tried to shake us down for US$4000 for smuggling beer of all things into the country. We spent 25 hours in the Police compound and slept the night on the dirt, no food, water or showers provided which makes our detention centres look great. Two guys spent a further 2 nights in different gaols before getting a court appearance before an honest Magistrate who threw the case out of court and apologised. Most westerners get sick here, I got to know the Syrian public toilet net thoroughly, not something I would recommend. Looking forward to getting back to Espana in 10 days time. Rgds, Doug Marsh."  That's it, Nuweiba is definitely off my travel plans... 4/10/02.

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Brian Lynch has just returned from travelling:  "John thanks for the great work you do with the RANCBA site. I have just returned from a camping coach tour through WA and would urge anyone who is going through Geraldton to drop off at the HMAS Sydney memorial. I know others have said the same but it is really impressive in a quite dignified way. Our coach captain who has just returned after 10 years in Europe said that the simple dignity was one the best he had seen. Best regards, Brian Lynch (ex RS)."  Tks Brian, sounds like a must visit next time in the West.  4/10/02.

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Fred Goddard here, mother in law bought me a computer, still trying to find out where the side wanker is. What I've seen so far about the site, its very overwhelming must keep u busy? Its Great. Sad to hear about Pete Thurgood, I was at Harman with him in the early sixties Never said much, liked his darts and rum and coke, very smart fella, I remember during that era probably 1966 we had Harry Buttons chasing the OOD over the oval in his car afters the wets had closed and the Bakers, Buttons, Batchelors, Marnams, Pearsons laughing their heads off, thought it was a hoot . They were great days. Its probably too business like at Harman now, they all live ashore and if u don't work with them you're strangers. Don't know if that's good for moral etc. Another great guy who was there at the same time was a TO by the name of Jack Gardner, (groomsman at my wedding) haven't found any reference to him anywhere in the web pages, but for anyone who doesn't know, whilst I was serving up in Exmouth (Navcommsta Harold E Holt) I received a letter from his wife to say he smashed into the back of a sheeptruck in heavy fog on the outskirts of Adelaide, around about 80/81 and lost his life. His wife was an ex WRAN first name Robyn for the love of me, can't think of her second name. Anyhow I've got an email address (fredgoddard@optusnet.com.au) drop me a message if u remember me I'm in Canberra, with Trish ex WRAN PAT THURSTON joined up with Wendy Wilson, Nullarbor's ex missus, Best Wishes, Fred. Many tks Fred, good to see you on-line.  4/10/02.

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Les Church would like to contact: Gary Evans, Owen Sparks, John Burnett and any other comms from the HMAS VOYAGER 1963 trip. Les also advises that the HMAS VAMPIRE Association Website it back up: www.hmasvampireassociation.com/, worth a look.  Tks Les, the last I heard of Gary Evans he was in Hobart, don't know about the others.  If anyone is in contact could you please advise Les direct.  4/10/02.
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Pedro Franklin
advises:  "Unfortunately, Rod Beckinsale (ex-WORS) had a heart attack this morning (Monday 30th September) and was in bad shape for some time. He has been admitted to The Canberra Hospital and is currently in the cardiac ward, but in good spirits although understandably tired. He is due to have some tests on Wednesday when we should have a better idea of what the problem actually is.  Cheers, Pedro."  I dropped in and saw Rod this afternoon (Tuesday 01 October) and he was fine, but still a bit groggy after the events of yesterday.  Marg is fine and all their children are in attendance.  Marg's number is 02 6231 5708 for those who would like to make contact.  As Pedro says, Rod will have an angiogram tomorrow to try and determine the extent of the problem.  01/10/02.
Update 3/10:  Herewith an update on Rod’s health. I have just returned from the hospital and I am pleased to report that he is in very good spirits. He got through the initial 24 hour period without any problems and had his angiogram today and that revealed blocked arteries. The question now is whether they operate while he is in hospital or call him back. Obviously, Marg’s preference and for that matter Rod’s is to get it over with while he is in there. I have passed on all your messages and I can say that they genuinely perked the old fellow up. As requested by many of you, I will keep you in the picture on his progress. Cheers, Pedro. 
Update 4/10:  The latest from the state of Rod is that he will front up for a double by-pass next Tuesday. I think this is a great relief to Rod, Marg and their family as there is now a remedy available for his problem. He is in very good shape and good spirits at the moment and after talking to Marg just a few minutes ago, he really appreciates the emails and messages received thus far. As you would all understand, Rod is now studying exactly how they are going to actually perform the by-pass, so I would expect that the Doctors will either receive some advice on how they should go about the job, or whether any amendments are needed for the documentation. The important thing is that he is very positive about all of this and he knows that so many people are thinking of him. Cheers, Pedro.

Update 7/10: Just a quick update on Rod: Sue and I visited Rod this evening and he was tucking into a nice dinner and in good spirits. It appears that he will now only need a single bypass, but obviously a final decision will be made tomorrow morning. Sue will be talking to Marg during the day, so I will provide an update on how it all went tomorrow evening. He has certainly appreciated the messages and visits during the past week. Cheers, Pedro.

Update 8/10:  Everything appears to have gone OK today. He is in a stable condition with Marg and Kellie on hand. He expects to be in Intensive Care for a further 24 Hours. It also appears that the necessary review and necessary amendments Rod made to the written procedures were also successful. Visitors will be restricted to family members for the first couple of days as you would expect. Cheers, Pedro.

Update 11/10:  From Marg Beckinsale - "Rod's blood pressure played up a bit during the night and for sometime today. They had to keep him in ICU until around 3pm. Silly bugger wasn't using the pain relief to full advantage and was in considerable pain when I arrived in ICU at 10.30 this morning. When asked about his pain on a scale of 1-10 his response was 8-9. His back was also causing him some trouble as well. Of course this caused the BP to escalate. Once he started hitting the pain relief though he started sleeping more restfully and with further medication his BP finally came down. He is in ward 6B at the moment and the lovely nurse that Sue introduced me to on Monday night (Sue I think her name is Leanne) is looking after him. They have taken him out of the bed and he is in a recliner which is heaven for him. His pain level is currently on 2 and as a matter of fact he hasn't hit the button for four hours. He seems a bit clammy but I suppose that is to be expected. He keeps going to sleep but at least he does not seem to be distressed anymore. I feel a bit better about his condition than when I came home last night.  I'm sure he would love to see you sometime over the weekend Pedro..... I have taken in his reading glasses so he can amend the operation procedures draft. He'll he asking for a laptop next?????? Fond regards".  And from Pedro: "That, I think is good news and I will be up there on the weekend to see the old fellow and will get back to you all with another report. Cheers, Pedro."

Update 14/10:  Rod arrived home today (Monday 14 October) and is now recuperating.  We wish him a speedy recovery.

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Phil Roy has provided information which clarifies the qualification for award of the ASM with clasp 'Middle East'.  You may remember that initial advice was issued in October 2001, and this may have been misleading to many retired members as it did not list the dates the actual ships qualified.  This period has now been set at 30 days within the defined area, which will no doubt be of disappointment to many of you who have already applied for the medal.  To check to see if you have indeed qualified, please follow this link to read the full text of the message.  My feeling is that this was poorly handled in the first instance and there will be a lot of disappointed former members who now find that, although their ship was deployed to the Indian Ocean for a lengthy period, they have not qualified.  24/9/02.

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Graham Bence sends: "Could you please put the following on the QSO net. Can any of Frank Bennie's pals please tell me his full name. Was it "Francis Peter" or something else? Graham Bence."  24/9/02.

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Ian Picone sends: "John, please add my details to the AIG. I have attended the reunions in Brisbane and Canberra and intend to continue to meet up with the guys and girls each reunion in the future. Ian Picone 0414669900 ianpicone@hotmail.com thankyou This is a little belated but well done for a wonderful reunion in Canberra 2002.  As an aside I live on the Gold Coast and am lucky enough to have a small cruiser and would welcome any communicator to contact me if they are up holidaying and would like a short cruise around the canals or broadwater".  Tks Ian, I'm sure the invitation will be noted.  24/9/02.
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Pat McGeown seeks some information: "I am hoping you might post a message for me on your notice board. My name is Pat McGeown and I'm an ex POWTR. At the moment I am gathering bits and pieces to write a television series about a remote Naval outpost. (very) loosely based on Harold E. Holt. I'd appreciate any anecdotes that anyone has about their times working with the yanks either at Harold E. Holt or other places. It doesn't have to be funny just interesting or odd or not the norm. Any information would be appreciated. My e-mail is pat@patzbiz.com Thanks and best wishes, Pat McGeown http://www.patzbiz.comThere must be hundreds of stories out there to tell, please contact Pat direct.  20/9/02.

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Ian Pitkethly sends: "After being out of the loop for a while I have been told about the AIG 2005 site and was wondering if you could place me on as an addressee. I have also logged onto the QSO site and found it very interesting. In case you need some personal details they are as follows:
Ian Donald Pitkethly - Paid off as a CPORS 13/10/94 after 20 years.  Served on Supply, Canberra (commissioning crew), Brisbane and Torrens as well as numerous shore establishments. Current employment NSW Police Force as a Senior Constable presently officer in charge of Culburra Police Station (on the coast from Nowra). Would prefer you use my home email address of: pit58@shoal.net.au Regards, Ian Pitkethly." Many thanks Ian, welcome aboard.  16/9/02.

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RANCBA ACT - Annual General Meeting (AGM) - The AGM for the RANCBA ACT Chapter will be held on Saturday 12 October 2002 at 1900 (for 1930 start) at Royals Rugby Club, Weston ACT. All serving and ex-serving communicators are very welcome, also any members from interstate who happen to be in the area.  For catering purposes, those members attending, or who would like to send an apology, please e-mail Peter Guy at peterguy@webone.com.au or phone 6288 0828.  Tks Peter, the latest QSO Canberra gives more detail on the AGM and is available by following the link.  11/9/02.
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Noel Muller sends:  "Had a call today from LES THURGOOD (RO) after having posted a message on the AHOY Naval Message Board http://members.ozemail.com.au/~yorkhouse/ahoy2002.html and he certainly stirred up a few memories. I was absolutely rapt to hear from him and anyone else from my day. (T/O R57591 16th Jan 1961-30th Jun 1966{medical}). I had never even heard of the comm's Site until Les mentioned it to me. He mentioned an e-mail address list of members and I have searched the site to no avail and would appreciate a pointer from anyone as to where I can get hold of it. I will keep this short and await any replies. Regards to all. Noel Muller."  Have advised Noel the listing is under AIG 2005.  6/9/02.

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VICE ADMIRAL ROD TAYLOR AO RAN (Rtd) (11.6.1940 - 1.9.2002).  Those communicators who served with Rod will be saddened to hear that he passed away last Sunday after a brave battle at the Canberra Hospital.  Beloved husband of Judy, much loved father of Sean.  Dearly loved brother of Bill, Wendy (Mackay) and Elizabeth (Scarce). Will be sadly missed by all his extended family and friends.  Remembered with love, Forever in our hearts.  The funeral service for Rod will be held in the Anzac Memorial Chapel of Saint Paul's Royal Military College, Duntroon, on Friday 6 September 2002, commencing at 10am.  A private family cremation will follow.  Lest we Forget.  The above was taken from the death notices in the Canberra Times.  4.9.02.

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Nullarbor Baker sends:  "Had a phone call from Les Thurgood last night. He is up north somewhere and can't get to a computer. Could you please arrange to have the following posted on the RANCBA website:

When the Manoora sails on Wednesday, it will carry the ashes of our old shipmate, Pete Thurgood, to be committed to the sea. Pete's wife and stepdaughter will farewell the ship (ETD not known). Lest we forget.

On the subject of trips, I will be departing from Sydney for the good old US of A on Thursday morning (5 Sep) for the annual USS Frank E Evans reunion (in St Louis, Missouri this year). From there, I will travel down to Fort Worth Texas for a few days, then fly to LA and spend about three days in Whittier, CA, before flying out again on Sunday 15 Sep for Oz. Obviously, I will be in the states for 11 September (as I was last year).
Hopefully, this year will not bring a repeat of last year's disaster.  BCNU Nullarbor.  Tks for passing that on Ron, all the best for your trip. 3/9/02.

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Sonja Hellier sends:  "Have had several queries regarding the pocket that was re-designed prior to the Canberra Reunion. Shorty Moffatt put info regarding this in the latest RANCB Newsletter, but omitted to give details on how to obtain same. The Pocket is 11 x 8 cm, Embroidered in Gold silk thread on a dark Navy Background, and fully overstitched round the outer edges. Cost is $10 each. To obtain same, send a stamped self addressed envelope including payment for badge/s (up to 4 will fit in a standard envelope) to RANCB Qld. Chapter, c/- S. Hellier, 6 Joachim Street, HOLLAND PARK 4121. BADGE/S WILL BE DESPATCHED BY RETURN MAIL. Also looks great on Polo shirts, jumpers, as well as jackets."  I have reposted this because I have obtained one of the woven pocket badges and I thought you would like to see what it looks like.  26/8/02.
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Kev Rollins has passed on the following sad news:  "It is with great regret that I advise you that Stephen "Bungy" Williams ex PORS died last night (21st Aug) whilst doing what he loved - sailing. I have just received a call from his sister and with her loss and my shock the details to follow may not be an exact version of events sobeit little detail anyway. Bungy had been sailing and apparently slipped on the wharf. His body was not located until the morning of the 22nd. Bungy was single and could never find a women who played rugby to marry. He would give you his last dollar and would help others. His got out of the navy in around 94 after 23 years to look after his aging mother. Today his mother lives on and is obviously very upset.  Please pass this information via AIG 2002/2005.  Funeral details are unknown at this stage but I will advise you when known. I would love to see lots of his mates of which he had plenty at the funeral. I will be there. He was a great mate, great bloke, dedicated communicator and obviously a great son. He will be sadly missed. Kev Rollins Ex CPORS."  Lest We Forget. 23/8/02.

Further from Kev on 5 Sep:  "Ladies and Gents, Stephen "Bungy" Williams was laid to rest at 10am on Wednesday 28th August. The ceremony and proceeding that took place afterwards at the 16th Sailing Club were a tribute to the man. A large amount of people (up to 200 people) attended both the church ceremony which ended with the Belmont RSL Sub-Branch conducting their own service and the wake. Of that 200 approximately 10 were old ship mates attended travelling from as far away as Cairns. Bungy's family have asked me to thank all of those who sent their condolences either by card, as a floral arrange, by email or by phoning myself. I would like to also thank everyone who quickly passed my emails on to those they thought should know. Most of the phone calls I received were in fact from ex communicators that weren't in line 7. Please pass this last message on to those people again. LEST WE ForgET. Kevin Rollins, Ex-CPORS."

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W.P. Gellert, US Navy Rtd, is looking for an old mate:  "I am a retired US NAVY command Master Chief Petty Officer. I served as CMC at NCS Harold E Holt in 1992. I am looking for a RAN CPO Darryl Watson. He and his wife Pat were transferred to somewhere in SWA. Last known address: 15 Gnanguna, Waikiki, WA. Can you help me find him or suggest some resource to help me out. Your time is appreciated. PHCM W.P. Gellert, US Navy Retired."  Is anyone able to assist? Please make direct contact.  23/8/02..

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Les Thurgood sends: "I rang Tex Daley up in Cairns about 3 weeks ago, before i took leave to attend the JRTE4 40th reunion in place of my brother Pete at Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, weekend of 3/4 August. Tex asked me to pass on his regards to all and is doing well - works part time as a janitor at a primary school up there, 2 days a week, which keeps him in beer money! His phone number is 0740534301, snail mail address 145 Russell St, Edgehill, Cairns.

Current position with Pete's ashes is that the Navy has had them for about 5-6 weeks and waiting for a ship with a Chaplain going north - currently expected in about 6 weeks - for his final posting at sea. Regards. Les Thurgood."  Many tks for keeping us up to date Les, good to hear from you.  15/8/02.

Further from Les on 5 Sep:  "Spoke to Pete's wife Marius yesterday evening. She and Debra (Pete's step-daughter) were at GI yesterday at 0730 when Pete's ashes were taken onboard HMAS Manoora (along with the ashes of about another 6 ex sailors). The ship was due to sail for Newcastle at 0800 but was delayed due to water contamination, so they spent about 2 hours onboard. Not sure if Manoora sailed yesterday or not. Ships programme is visit to Newcastle and then down to Tasmania. There is no set date for the scattering of the ashes, but it will probably be in the JB area either on the way south or on the way back from Tas. Petes wife will get the details later by letter - with map giving position of scattering - later on, from the CO of Manoora. Will email the details then. Regards, Les."

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Tony Rees would like some help:  "General Call for Assistance. With the production of a series of Documentaries featuring DDG-41, HMAS BRISBANE. Wanted: Your stories, dits, photos and Movies/Video to add to the near 34 year history of the Ship. All original material will be returned once scanned/transferred and credit acknowledgement given if used in the series. Your help at making this a truly great series would be most appreciated!"  Sounds like a good cause.  Please contact Tony direct.  15/8/02.

Contact:
Tony Rees
Box 358 Carina
Brisbane
QLD 4152
Australia
Tel 04-0735-5064 (New)

Fax 07-3216-8327
bvw400@hotmail.com
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Phil Butler
has "Got a chap up here who is trying to figure out the names of all the chaps on the Perth in 1972. Thought maybe you could put it out there and see what we get. I know some of them, i.e. Des, Renners and Woofer, but not sure of all the rest. Not the best photo in the world but someone might be able to recognise faces."  Is anyone able to help Phil out?  Let me know also and I will update the site.  15/8/02.

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From the Top Left:  RO Phil Swain, LTO *, TO *, LRO Nev Renfrey, ROS Bruce Maughan, ROS Dutchy Holland, RO Jim Benson, TO Paul Wootton, LRO Bob Cripps, TO Gerry Farrington, LRO Vic Ford, TO *, LTO Des Vizard, RO Glen Stanley, LTO Roger Harrod, RSS Gerry Bandy, CRS John Rosewarne, LCDR Johnson, CY Tackers Harding-Collis, RO Geoff Abnett, TO Bob *,  Cheers, Glen Stanley. 
From Bob Way: Rear row third from left: TO Johnno Barwood, at very front right hand side: TO Bob Lynch.

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Garry Slattery sends:  "Does anybody know where I could purchase a morse set up - oscillator etc, strange after all these years I still miss the music of the Morse. Regards, Garry."  Is anyone able to help Garry out, if so please communicate direct.  30/7/02.
24/9/02:  G'day John, Saw a dit in QSO about the morse code etc and thought that there may be others looking for info on comms equipment etc two good sites are www.soton.ac.uk/~scp93ch/morse/trans.html for morse code on your computer and 'HMCS Haida' and 'HMCS Haida communications room' will find info on Tribal class destroyers and all of the communications equipment, freqs, WW II organisaton, photos etc etc - really good sites you might like to pass on, cheers, Jim Eagles, Townsville

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FINDING OLD OPPOS:  I haven't had a look at this site, but it may be worthy of a bookmark:  "Welcome to www.oldoppos.co.uk which is now expanding to include RAN. Are you looking for old shipmates or just remembering those runs ashore? Trying to organise a reunion and need to contact your old oppos? Or maybe just interested in a pictorial history of life in the RN/RAN since the Second World War. Look no further. www.oldoppos.co.uk is a simple to use website - no need to go through all those different web sites or mountains of magazines and papers in the hope of finding an old oppo or waiting for a reply from an ad you placed months ago. This site holds details of RN/RAN, RM and FAA units since World War Two. If your unit no longer exists or is not included in the site then we will add it within a couple of days. We hope that with your support this will become the primary contact site for oldoppos. As long as you and your old shipmates know what ship or unit to look for the chances of organising a reunion or contacting each other are extremely high. Bravo Zulu in advance for your support and good luck on your next mission..."  21/7/02.

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Dave Maxwell sends:  "John, I was looking around the web for some info on this history of Murray Code or ITA2 code and I found the following link which I thought you might be interested in. It is the Canadian Foreign service communicators site http://www.fortunecity.com/meltingpot/canada/1034/  It has a few links to other comms sites as well. Regards, Dave Maxwell."  Tks Dave, looks like another good one to bookmark.  21/7/02.

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Buck Rodgers advises "that Edward 'Yockie' Shaw is in Hollywood Private Hospital (WA)and is now resting up following major surgery for a kidney removal.  I have spoken to him and he is happy enough but complaining about his food. Only had bonox and jelly and is looking for some KFC. Yockie is in Goldsworthy Ward room 211 and can be contacted on telephone 08 9346 6911. Regards, Buck Rodgers."  Many thanks Buck, I don't imagine it will slow Yockie down for long.  Our best wishes go out to him. 21/7/02.

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Shane 'Blue' Hodges is looking for an old friend:  "I was wondering if you could in any help me find an ex colleague. His name is Ian Morgan, he was or still is a Signalman. The last time I saw him was in the N.T. then I believe he was posted to H.E.Holt. If you or any of your members could help, I would be very grateful. Shane (Blu) Hodges."  Tks Shane, we'll see what we can turn up for you.  If anyone is able to help, please contact Blu direct.  21/7/02.
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THE NAVY’S VIETNAM VETERANS - Between 1962 and 1972, just on 12,500 members of the Royal Australian Navy saw service in Vietnam, the 12,500 representing just about every second sailor who served during that time, and they served on 15 ships of the RAN, as well as mixed crewed ships BOONAROO and JEPARIT, CD Team 1 and the RAN Helo Flight ­ Vietnam. In the years since, it is estimated that the good Lord, and Davy Jones, have claimed, conservatively, 2,500 of this number. Indeed, asbestos and cancer have claimed many, as well as car and other accidents, there have been suicides, and one was reported to have been killed by pirates in the West Indian Ocean. Some have died alone in almost bare hotel rooms, and even as part of the homeless, on Sydney’s streets. Many former Junior Recruits were serving in Vietnam at age 17, including serving on the “Gunline Ships” HOBART, PERTH, BRISBANE and VENDETTA, and a data matching exercise with date of birth and service in Vietnam could well reveal one or two who had their seventeenth birthday in Vietnamese waters. It is not surprising that the youngest Vietnam Veteran of the three services is a sailor. Many Navy Vietnam Veterans saw service on more than one ship, indeed, more sailors served on SYDNEY, over the period of the conflict, than in any other Vietnam unit, be it ship, regiment or squadron. To allow all of our ex-sailors to renew old ties, the 2002 Navy Vietnam Veterans Reunion is a reunion for ALL Navy veterans, and will take place in Coffs Harbour, NSW, over the period 25th to 28th October 2002. You can find out more information by visiting the reunion website at http://coffs-reunion.server101.com/ By contacting your ship association, Or writing to: The Secretary Naval Vietnam Veterans Reunion 2002, PO Box 1867, COFFS HARBOUR, NSW, 2450.  For those of you who can make it, this is sure to be a great weekend.  11/7/02.

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Buck Rodgers advises that Ben Franklin had a mild heart attack last Thursday (27 June) and is in Royal Perth Hospital CLU. He is on the phone on 9224 1902. Eddie Pearson has spoken to him and he's doing OK, Buck was going to ring him yesterday.  Many thanks Buck, we wish Ben a speedy recovery.  3/7/02.
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Ross Walshe sends:  "For info of communicators who served at Singapore. On the Gunplot visitors book I found the following website - http://home.no.net/yerman This belongs to a former RN communicator. I’ve had a look and it seems quite interesting. I think it would interest former RAN communicators who served there. Regards Ross Walshe (ex LSQMG)."  There is a great link from the above site to a website dedicated to the Sembewang Naval Base - lots of good photos.  Thanks for thinking of us Ross, all the best.  3/7/02.

Naval Base 1990   Sembawang Village1966.
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