The thought passed my mind as well. Satellites are extremely vulnerable but the ionosphere is there forever. You can bounce HF off it and a decent sparker can receive morse through all manner of interference. Surely at least one sparker per ship would be handy? But looking at modern ships it seems that they don't have any of the necessary gear to set up an HF link.
There used to be an annual competition for NATO comms operators in MTX, MRX, FRX and teletyping. It was held at Mercury in 1964. I had just finished my RS course andwon the Morse compo. Got up to 30wpm using mixed groups of letters, numbers, tiddly letters and signs (i.e. imi).
Great recollections here....thanks all... Pascoe was my first home after Raleigh in 1961 ...PeteSpent 27 weeks in Pascoe Block. Anyone ever
recall CO's Rounds and every mess trying to
win that chuffin' cake for the cleanest, bestest
.....and the Pig Farm......
I went to Belgium in 1970 to take part in the NATO Naval Communications Competition.
Our team trainer was CRS Mick Puttick, who was also a keen radio amateur - and still is (G3LIK).
The standard speed for doing MRX was 36wpm and to stand any chance of winning you needed around 98% accuracy or better. I recall an Italian won that bit of the competition when I entered!!
I've put a couple of pictures and a bit more about the competition here, NATO Naval Communications Competition.
First went there in 66 and at various stages during my career. For me the best time was when the Jennies used to live at Soberton Towers. A run ashore meant climbing into or hanging onto a beat up old scrapheap of car that had two doors missing which then haired off down to the Pinky. Coming back was great fun as undoubtedly the driver missed the sharp left hand turn at the top of the hill just past the farm and ploughed straight through the hedge. To this day the hedge has never grown back.
Great recollections here....thanks all... Pascoe was my first home after Raleigh in 1961 ...Pete
1969, CY course my last visit to Merx, hard to believe it was 40 years ago.... God, I'm getting old !
Scrumpy run's down the Pinky.... I remember them.... forgot everything about the fleetwork trainer !