RNZN Comms 50th Anniversary Polo Shirts

A number of communicators have indicated that they are unable to attend the 50th Anniversary celebrations, but would like to order a polo shirt.  A new online form has been generated which will allow you to do this.  Please click HERE to enter your details.  This option is only open to financial members of the Association.  An on-line form to apply for membership can be accessed HERE.

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RNZN Communicators – Upcoming Events



Venue the Navy Museum
When  1800 – 2000 6 October 2017
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Venue Wairakei Resort Taupo
When 16- 18 March 2018
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U.S. Navy to ‘modernise’ Morse code

U.S. Navy to ‘modernise’ Morse code because not enough sailors understand it

Max BurmanYahoo News UK22 July 2017

Naval officers stand inside U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (AP Photo/Rishi Lekhi)

For more than a century, navies across the world have communicated with each other via Morse code. The signal lamp method has survived this long because its low-tech nature makes it impossible to jam, hack or intercept. It is, however, also slow and arcane, which is why it’s now little more than a back-up in case of emergency. Signal lamps also require a sailor specifically trained in Morse code to operate them, posing a problem for young sailors whose experience of the practice may be limited to old war films.

That’s why the U.S. Navy is giving in to the inevitable march of time and technology by ‘modernising’ Morse code.

New software is being tested that will automate the process, allowing American ships to communicate quickly and covertly without the need for an expert. The tech will convert text to Morse code signals and vice versa, along with motors or LEDs to send those signals to a nearby ship. Scott Lowery, an engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center in Florida, has taken part in recent tests. He told New Atlas he was happy with the new system. “The best part of this flashing light converter is how easy it is for Sailors to use,” Lowery said. “It’s very intuitive because it mirrors the messaging systems used on iPhones. You just type your message and send it with the push of a button.”

Called Flashing Light to Text Converter, or FLTC, the software can run on a tablet or laptop. The navy is reportedly hoping to issue it throughout the U.S. fleet next year.

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Jack Passings – July 2017

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of July 2017. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

NEWSON, David Henry. Able Seaman.
COZENS, Frederick (Fred). CPO Writer
HILL, George Darvel JP, RD, VRD RNZNR Captain
DANDO Bryan Stoker
WINSOR, Malcolm Lee. Marine Engineer
HUNTER Allan Douglas SLT
TOWLER, Frederick James (Fred) WTR
CUNNINGHAM Robert William (Guts) MAA
GEARY Robert Andrew (Bob)
RICKARDS, Graham William Able Seaman
DAVIDSON, George Spence Stoker
LEE, William Clayton (Bill)  Telegraphist

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Buntings move into Texting

Here is an article where the US Navy are experimenting with signal lamp – based ship to ship texting…   Click HERE to read article and don’t forget to click on the Utube at the end of the article which provides a great explanation.   Buntings are gone…

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Recommendations for Accommodation

A member of the Assn is considering visiting Rotovegas post the Reunion in 2018 for a couple of days. He hasn’t been there for donkeys and is seeking recommendations on accommodation from shipmates with greater knowledge than him.  Drop a comment to this post with any recommendations.  He has his wife with him so that may change your recommendation.

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EW Class

Here is an image of an Electronic Warfare Class of 1985 taken on the helicopter pad, North Head. The Class Instructor was CPOEW Lionel Tuiwhai. Who were the students?

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The War Office

This is an image of the Masonic Hotel which I am sure a few of you have drawn a pint.  The whole complex is unrecognisable with new apartments to the left in the car park and the Masonic restored to a previous time. Never looked better.


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