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Radio Technical Officers





Chapter 1: The Early Years

Chapter 2: The Training School

Chapter 3: Equipment Installation Records

Chapter 4: The 'Techs' in Antarctica

Chapter 5: The 'Techs' Tell Their Stories

Appendix 1: 'Techs' Roll Call

Appendix 2: Trainee Intakes

Appendix 3: 'Techs' Who Have Served in the Antarctic Region

Appendix 4: Summary of Major Installation Projects

Appendix 5: Summary of Major Equipment Variously Installed at Sites and Maintained by Radio Technical Officers


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Chapter 1: The Early Years (continued)

In concluding this chapter mention must be made of the early 'techs' who provided the foundation for the highly sophisticated technical network and knowhow that has developed over the years.

Reg Stout has mentioned Tom Sleath and Roger Catchpole, but there were others whose names have drifted down through the years and are legends in their own right . . . Dick Cohen, Neville Franks, Neville McLeod and others who were on the first Radio Mechanic's course in 1948, Stan Gericke, John (Mac) MacDermott, Ralph Bulloch, John Ellis (later an Engineer) and Jack Martin who were graduates of the 1954 course, and Merv German and Stan (Horse) Dawson. A little later on the scene came Reg Goldsworthy, Bob Hope, the irrepressible Bruce Aubrey (Straub), Lance Conlon, Charlie Holman (who became RMO (Western Australia), a position which he held for many years); also about this time, 1956, more colourful characters arrived to grace the meteorological circles in the form of Peter Broughton (later RMO (Victoria-Tasmania)) and Ray Missen (who later had a busy career in Head Office).

Ray Missen

Ray Missen (Photograph courtesy of Neville McLeod)

Stan Gericke

Stan Gericke (Photograph courtesy of Neville McLeod)

Bruce Aubrey

Bruce Aubrey (Photograph courtesy of Neville McLeod)

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Clarke, R. 1999 'Stories of the Bureau's Radio Technical Officers from 1948', Metarch Papers No. 14 February 1999, Bureau of Meteorology

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