ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH ASSOCIATION

'QSO the World'
 


 

COMMUNICATOR'S FORUM 2021

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 names of those below will be familiar to other shipmates who may also 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.

Follow this link for previous years QSO

 

January to December 2021


RANCBA NSW CHAPTER

ANZAC DAY 2021

75th Anniversary of our association.  RANCBA was formed in Sydney in 1946 and still going strong!
 

RANCBA NSW will be participating in this year’s march as well as a wreath laying ceremony at 7.40am Martin Place Cenotaph. Fall in for march Castlereagh St. North of King St. 0900.

RANCBA NSW will hold their post march reunion and celebrate our anniversary at City Tattersalls Club Pitt St. Sydney following completion of the march. Function will be held on the Concierge floor. Look for signage at entrance.

Finger food will be provided all serving CIS members are welcome.
 

Regards,
Brian 'Dolly' Gray
4/4/2021

 

 

RANCBA NATIONAL REUNION

When: Anzac Day 2022
Where: Sydney

Will you be attending? You are receiving this email because you responded with EOI or are a member and not yet registered.

It is important that I get indicative numbers to negotiate deals on hotel accommodation and to ensure our venues have the capacity.

Payment is not required at this time! But I would appreciate Registration. See payment options at the end of this email.

Register

 

Not attending

 EVENT DETAILS:

Click to register your interest in attending the Anzac Day 2022 reunion.

RANCBA NATIONAL REUNION  2022.

Reunion will be held over four days, commencing with:

  • Registration Sunday 24th April followed by a Cocktail Cruise on Sydney Harbour.
  • Monday Anzac Day will commence with the wreath laying ceremony at Martin Place Cenotaph at approximately 0730.
  • Anzac Day March fall in 0900.
  • Gala Lunch aboard Sydney Showboat, King St. Wharf Darling Harbour.
  • Tuesday Golf, other activities T.B.A.
  • Wednesday farewell lunch.
  • Registration fee is $50

A combined price of $275 for all three events, Cocktail Cruise,
Anzac Day Lunch & the farewell lunch is $275 PP. 

The price is inclusive of all drinks.

Payment for Registration.

This payment confirms your commitment to attend the
2022 Reunion in Sydney
Registration fee  = $50

Click REGISTER - then click NEXT - SEE PAYMENT OPTIONS if you don’t wish to pay now click INVOICE ME

Balance of payment for events will be payable by January 2022 further notification will be sent.

All payments are fully refundable if cancelled anytime up to 14 days out from the event

Best regards,
RANCBA NSW

04/04/2021

 

Vale Arthur Frederick Sidney Wyatt R50116

From: Dave Jeffrey [mailto:davejeffrey@aapt.net.au
Sent: Wednesday, 31 March 2021 9:29 AM

Subject: Arthur Wyatt

Some sad news. Arthur Wyatt died this morning. No more news. He has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for a couple of years now, but always knew his old mates.

Cheers
Dave
31/03/21

I now have info on Arty’s funeral.

It will occur at the Norwood Crematorium Canberra at 1500 Thursday 15 April 2021. The funeral is being handled by White Lady Funerals, and for those that can’t make it, it will be streamed live. The access code is 8525.

Cheers Dave

I wish to inform you that the Funeral service to commemorate the life of our late Patron, Arthur "Artie" Wyatt LT. Cmdr. Rtd. will be held at Norwood Park Crematorium Thursday 15th April 2021, 1500 Hrs.

Full details will be published in Saturday's Canberra Times 10/4/21.

Kaye Mongan
President,
RANCBA
ACT Branch


It is with a sad heart that I am informing you of the passing of our Patron, Arthur (Artie) Wyatt, Lt Cmdr., Rtd ,
on Wednesday 31st March 2021.

He was surely one of nature's true gentleman. A friend and colleague to many. We will miss your smiles and wisdom.

God's speed and safe crossings, Artie.

Kaye Mongan
President
RANCBA, Canberra
01/04/21


From Terry Feltham:

Very sad news indeed. 

Many of we older folk (like the 60s entries and before) will remember everything about Artie.  More a Dad than PO/CPO/LCDR. 

You know - I don't think I can ever remember an off-beat word being spoken about the great man. 

When one was in trouble (all of us at some time) Artie was the man to go to (Along with Tiger Lyons).  We all knew, when he offered **do you want my punishment or that of the old man** - to take his.  It hurt more - but no consequences. 

If one was putting together - a Rugby Team, an Aussie Rules Team, Cricket Team, Bowls squad - Interservice Golf (I could go on) Artie was pretty much first pick - and he always delivered. 

I will leave it there.  A first class Gentleman, a friend to many (if not all) - and he will be missed 

VALE 

Terry Feltham  

From Doug Moore:

Very eloquently stated Felderman and I agree with every word you said. The very same words could be said about yourself, hopefully not for a lot more years.

Fair winds & safe seas,
Doug
 


ANZAC Day ACT

There will be no parade in Canberra this year. There will be, however, an ANZAC Veterans’ Banner Parade leading to the National Ceremony commencing at 10.30am. Our Association Banner will be carried by Sam Hughes and Taffy Eynon.

Following the National Ceremony, there will be a gathering, with the WRANS ACT, at the Canberra Bowling Club in Forrest, for our own remembrance ceremony. This will be followed by light refreshments.

A call for numbers of those wishing to attend will be made closer to the event.

Yours aye
Secretary
29/04/2021
 

Vale Ronald Arthur Robinson R50191 (ex CY)

Passed away last weekend.

Service at: Hillside Chapel
Time: 11.30 am
Location: Palmdale Lawn Cemetry & Memorial Park

http://www.rancba.org.au/images/HMASVampire1960.jpg 

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C349408 

Communications Yeoman R50191 (Follow AWM link above)

Petty Officer Communications Yeoman (CY) Ronald Arthur 'Rob' Robinson, of East Hills, NSW looks over the shoulder of R57901 Leading Radio Operator (LRO) James Henry Roberts, of Ramsgate, NSW, in the radio room on board the RAN destroyer, HMAS Hobart (1965-2000).

Communications is a busy task on board HMAS Hobart, which is operating with the US 7th Fleet in the Bay of Tonkin off the coast of North Vietnam.

Two or three times a day HMAS Hobart can expect 'action stations' as they deal with logistics watercraft which are attempting to take supplies from North Vietnam down to the Viet Cong in South Vietnam. (Petty Officer Rob Robinson is probably 50191 Ronald Arthur Robinson who served on HMAS Hobart from March to September 1967.)

https://palmdalegroup.com.au/scheduled-funerals-palmdale/

 


ANZAC Day Parade Brisbane

As you have all heard by now the Parade is going ahead, we will get the chance to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Associations beginnings, and also include the ‘Centenary of RAN Communications training 1921 – 2021’

Sig. School was opened in 1921, and over the years became Comms School, now tri service communications training school. 

Form up no later than 0930 at George Street end of Charlotte Street, opposite the Pancake Manor.  March will end at the Brisbane GPO in Queen Street and tables have been booked at the Ship Inn, Southbank for drinks and lunch (self funded).

RAAF will lead off at 0945, celebrating their 100th Anniversary. Navy follows and RANCBA will be leading the Navy Veteran, celebrating 75th Anniversary of the organization.

Army at the rear. 

Family members may attend the gathering at the Ship Inn following the parade, but are not permitted to march in the unit unless they are current or ex service. 

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible now that we are able to get back to normal. 

For those of you outside Brisbane, check with your local RSL – We will be conducting our usual service at Holland Park Mt Gravatt Sub Branch RSL details on Qld RSL Website. 

Sonja Hellier
 


Vale Roger Andrew Garrett R50822 (ex RO)

You may recall receiving information re Roger’s passing on April 9th last year and that a celebration of his life would be conducted once Covid 19 restrictions were lifted.

His partner, Ann McDonald has advised the service will be conducted as follows: 

10.30 am Friday 9th April 2021 – 1st anniversary of his passing.

Len Russell Funerals

236 Brisbane Street

West Ipswich.

 Anyone wishing further details, please contact Dawn 0401 415 086 

Sonja Hellier

From Shorty Moffatt:

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend.

WHAT A CHARACTER – I could write some great stories about him.

Especially in COONAWARRA in 1960 and then met him again whilst he was on SYDNEY just before he went to slot .

RIP Old mate

Shorty
 


Doug Brown (ex WOSY) OAM

 It is pleasing to advise that Doug Brown was awarded an OAM on Australia Day 26 January 2021.
"Mr Douglas James BROWN Florey ACT 2615. For service to veterans and their families ."

I am sure that we all wish Doug a very big BRAVO ZULU. 

Yours aye
Sam Hughes
02/12/2021
 


VALE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER
RICHARD HARRY KIME, OAM, RANEM, RAN (RTD)

R 020630Z FEB 21
FM HMAS CERBERUS
TO AIG 3600
AIG 3602
BT

UNCLAS FOUO

SIC WAA/Z4P

SUBJ: PASSING OF LIEUTENANT COMMANDER RICHARD HARRY KIME, OAM, RANEM, RAN (RTD)

1. THE CIS COMMUNITY IS SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF LIEUTENANT COMMANDER RICHARD HARRY KIME ON WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY 2021.

2. RICHARD HARRY KIME JOINED THE ROYAL NAVY IN SEPTEMBER 1954 AT HMS GANGES AS A BOY SEAMAN AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY SELECTED FOR THE COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH AND PASSED OUT AS A SIGNAL BOY.

3. HARRYS CAREER IN THE RN WAS DIVERSE AND INCLUDED SEA SERVICE IN THE SUBMARINE DEPOT BOAT HMS ADAMANT, THE NAVAL AND CANTEEN STORES SUPPLY SHIP RFA FORT CHARLOTTE, THE CRUISER HMS NEWFOUNDLAND, THE DESTROYERS HM SHIPS CHEVIOT, COSSACK, COCKADE, SAINTES,THE FRIGATE HMS MODESTE AND THE COASTAL MINESWEEPER HMS HIGHBURTON.

HARRYS RN SERVICE ALSO INCLUDED TWO DEPLOYMENTS TO THE PERSIAN GULF AND TWO PERIODS OF ROYAL YACHT ESCORT SHIP DUTY TO WEST AFRICA WITH HM THE QUEEN AND TO NORTH AFRICA WITH HM THE QUEEN MOTHER.

4. IN JUNE 1966, HARRYS SERVICE ENGAGEMENT WITH THE RN CONCLUDED AND HE SUBSEQUENTLY JOINED THE RAN IN JANUARY 1967 AS A SIGNALMAN. HARRY PROCEEDED TO SERVE IN HMA SHIPS ANZAC II, SUPPLY I, SYDNEY III, VAMPIRE, MELBOURNE II AND STALWART II DURING WHICH HE SAW SERVICE IN THE FAR EAST STRATEGIC RESERVE (FESR) AND MALAYA. HARRY SPENT MAJORITY OF HIS SHORE TIME AT HMAS CERBERUS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TWO POSTINGS TO HMAS HARMAN AND A PERIOD WITH 9 SIGNALS REGIMENT RASIGS IN SINGAPORE.

5. HARRY SERVED AS THE FLEET WARRANT OFFICER SIGNALS YEOMAN TWICE AND WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA(MILITARY DIVISION) IN 1983 FOR HIS SERVICES TO RAN COMMUNICATIONS. HARRY WAS APPOINTED TO COMMISSIONED RANK IN 1988.

6. HARRY CONCLUDED HIS SERVICE WITH THE RAN AS THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE RAN COMMUNICATIONS SCHOOL AT HMAS CERBERUS FROM 1994 TO 1995. HE RETIRED FROM FULL TIME NAVAL SERVICE IN 1995 AFTER 41 YEARS OF COMBINED SERVICE TO THE RN AND RAN.

7. HARRY WAS AN INSPIRATION TO GENERATIONS OF CURRENT AND FORMER COMMUNICATIONS OFFICERS AND SAILORS. HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED. HE WAS A STALWART MEMBER OF THE RAN COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH ASSOCIATION, THE NAVAL ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA, SERVING AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE VICTORIAN CHAPTER FOR MANY YEARS. UP UNTIL THE TIME OF HIS PASSING. HE REMAINED SERVING THE NAVAL COMMUNITY AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRANKSTON NAVAL MEMORIAL CLUB (FNMC).

8. A PRIVATE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR HARRY AT 1100 ON WEDNESDAY 03 FEBRUARY 2021 AT THE FNMC. ATTENDANCE TO THE PRIVATE SERVICE WITHIN THE CLUB BUILDING IS BY INVITATION OF THE FAMILY ONLY DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS CURRENTLY IN PLACE.

CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO THE FRANKSTON NAVAL MEMORIAL CLUB SECRETARY AT: NAVMEM(AT)BIGPOND.COM.AU

9. IT IS REQUESTED THAT IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS BE MADE IN HARRYS NAME TO THE PENINSULA HEALTH, A CHARITY HE SUPPORTED AT HTTPS://DONATIONS.PENINSULAHEALTH.ORG.AU/

BT
 

Tactical Operator ALAN JAMES “BONES” CARLSON R59108

Bone’s medals turned up at a Nambucca Heads op shop, and, are now in possession of the local RSL, who are trying to track down either Bones or any NOK.

I have not seen Bones since the 1968 Deployment on the HOBART. Per his Posting Card in the National Archives, he posted to KUTTABUL in 1969.

He may well have passed away, given his year of birth was 1937.

Should anyone have any knowledge of his whereabouts or, that of his NOK, please contact Glen Birch (ex-RO(S) on the same trip) on 0417 431 440.

Keep safe all.

Dave Sutherland
18/01/2021