Thursday, October 22, 2009

NATO Naval Communications Competition

Well, here I am receiving a little prize from the Captain of HMS Mercury for taking part in the Nato Naval Communications Competition at the Naval Station of St. Kruis, in Brugge, Belgium. Just in case you are wondering why I look so young - this picture was taken in 1970. I joined up in 1966 and left in 1974.

This competition consisted of four operators from each of the NATO countries' navies, competing in morse transmission, reception, tele printing, & reading flashing lights. Those doing morse transmission also had to do morse reception at 36wpm which was the competition standard.

Eight of us were recruited volunteers from across the navy we spent six weeks improving our skills in HMS Mercury before four of us went to Brugge, one of many venues used throughout the competition's history. I ended up doing morse transmission (MTX) for the competition which was scored using a combination of speed & accuracy transmission.

From the eight the best four at the end of the six weeks were selected to go to the competition.

Our Chief was CRS Mick Puttick (G3LIK) a keen radio amateur - and still is!

Here we are at the Belgian naval base, St.Kruis.
Left to Right:-

LRO Happy Sadd - MRX (Morse Reception)
RO2(G) Buster Brown (FRX) (Flashing Light)
Sub Lt. Murphy ( i/c)
CRS, Mick Puttick (G3LIK) team trainer
Me! (Morse Transmission)
Belgian senior rate i/c the Belgian team and a radio ham too.
Front, RO2 Taff Welstead (TTX) (Teleprinter)

And here is where we practiced.  (from left to right)One of the Italians, Me at the front, German immediately behind me.  An American and the Dutch operator far right. 

1 comment:

sa morris said...

Hi Dave, It's nice to meet another CW operator that participated in the NATO COMPETITION.

I was the team captain of the 3rd place U.S. NAVY NATO communications team in Amsterdam in April 1969, finishing 4th individually (straight key sending) in the "CW" portion of the then, 10 country NATO competition. I have remained a CW only operator for over 56 years now & like you, enjoy QRP.
I concluded my NAVY career as a 'Advanced Morse' intercept instructor at Naval Communications Training Center in Pensacola, Fla. in Sept. 1972.

Nice article.

77, 72/73 for now
Steve / W5BIB