U.S. Navy MSO Radiomen Present

The MSO Radio Shack







RM2 Joe Marturano 3rd, USS DETECTOR MSO 429 and RM2 Rick Szpyrka USS CONFLICT MSO 426 Present the various communications gear found aboard an MSO from the Late 60's thru the early 80's



Just another watch in Radio

I just got here to relieve the watch, nothing is happening, at least not much. The man at the desk passed me the word, so listen my friends, here's what I heard: "The broadcast is good, all circuits are up, the coffee is fresh, pour yourself a cup. All traffic is out, there's nothing to send, we've got the beach fivers; got a cigarette to lend? Your freqs are all solid, no gear has gone sour, we haven't changed anything for over an hour. The Bridge has been quiet, and COMBAT's asleep, the phones have been silent, nary a peep. The log's up to date, the filing is done, so I'll see you later, and hope you have fun"

And with those fine words he did depart, leaving the watch with a very good start. A few minutes have passed, or so it seems, When in walks the OPS boss with my first two routines. "They have to go quick, I drafted them late, so treat them as Oboe's, they just can't wait. Yes sir, I replied, we'll get right on them, I don't believe we'll have any problem.

I logged them in and said to the tape man, do a good job; go as fast as you can. He said that he would and as I flicked an ash, the broadcast operator yelled "here comes a FLASH!" Route it COMBAT, the Bridge and to OPS, and hurry back, make no other stops.

He grabbed it and ran, wasting no time, and then the phone rang, was the XO on the line. "Got another down here, can you come get it?" Yes sir I replied, be there in a minute. To the wardroom I went for an Oboe no doubt, and when I returned the broadcast was out.

Proofed all the outgoings, and got them released, XO had another, it was really a beast. Twenty addee's; can't find half the routers, then in walks the SUPPO with four more outers. "When they'll go out I can't really tell, cause right now sir, we're busy as hell.

Send those four out and please make it quick, I said to the Ship/Shore Op, who was getting sea sick. But he replied that there'd be a delay, for the beach had just gone down for New Day. I wondered what else could possibly go wrong, but lucky for me we didn't wait long. For the next event in this strange episode, came when those glorious "Snipes" dropped the load.

We lost a 32, a seven and a nine, oh, why does this happen to me all the time? I called the ET's and let out a yelp, "My gear's burning up; I'm gonna need help!" The Bridge called in, said their circuits were down, "We're doing our best" I replied with a frown. Them COMBAT called to tell me the same, MY GOD! I think I'm going insane.

We brought all circuits up, with maximum power, OH! Just remembered. Ain't checked my basket in over an hour. Phones ringing again, the XO no doubt, he wants to know if the traffic's gone out. OPS boss called, he's got two more, and some fool is banging on the door.

Broadcast is back, but getting tough, we just hit a storm, the seas are getting rough. Chief came in, wants to see the Pub Check-off List, I told him that during the outage twenty numbers were missed. Things are falling all over the floor, and that fool is still banging on the door. I pleaded and begged, "Please cut me some slack," oooh boy! I wish I was still in my rack.

My outgoing backlog now tallies eleven, but the tape cutter has only done seven. My incomings now number thirty-two, boy! This place is just like a zoo. Got six more Oboes to run around, and the seas are really beginning to pound. The storm outside must really be mean, Cause my Ship/Shore operator is turning green.

Then all of a sudden the storm had passed, And we got the beach on Ship/Shore at last. The broadcast is not holding in tight, everything's beginning to look al right. Cleaned all the traffic and cleaned up the floor, even got around to answering the door. Service came in with all the numbers we missed, and I finally signed off the ol' Pub Check List. Slotted all traffic and routed the boards too, and hey! Believe it or not we're QRU.

My relief just come in to relieve the watch, now nothing is happening, at least not much. Sitting at the desk I passed him the word, so listen now friend, here's what he heard: "The broadcast is good, all circuits are up, the coffee is fresh, pour yourself a cup. All traffic is out, there's nothing to send, we've got the beach fivers, got a cigarette to lend? Your freqs are all solid, no gear has gone sour, we haven't changed anything for over an hour. The Bridge has been quiet and COMBAT's asleep, the phones have been silent, nary a peep. The log's up to date, all filing is done, so I'll see you later, and I hope you have fun.


Unknown Radioman USN




TYPICAL SHIPBOARD COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS

THE CHARLIE SYSTEM - Covered, UHF. Full-Duplex,Teletype Communications



THE GOLF SYSTEM - Covered, HF, Full-Duplex, Teletype Communications



THE NOVEMBER HF SYSTEM - Covered, Fleet, Multi-Channel Broadcast. This is a Half-Duplex Teletype Receiver Broadcast System



THE NOVEMBER SATELLITE UHF SYSTEM - Covered Fleet Multi-Channel Broadcast.



THE UNIFORM SYSTEM - Remote Uncovered Voice Communications.







"The Gear"

AN/SRA-33






Click Photo to see more on the KW7 Crypto gear
Click on the Photo of the KW7 to see more on the gear.

I was on the Aggressive, MSO-422 out of Charleston in 66/67 when the KW7s were first introduced. The picture that you have, with the door, who ever left the door on, was the unit with pluggable patch panel so you could sit at a desk and set it up for the day. The original had a fixed panel that had to be patched while on the front of the unit. It was installed at about eye level because the only space available was above the TTYs. When we were crossing the Atlantic for the summer of 66 med cruise patching the panel in heavy seas was a joy.
S. Terry Woods , RM2
USS Aggressive, MSO-422
























From Rick Szpyrka : When I was on board the Conflict in 68-70.The AN/SRT-15 transmitter covers the MF/HF frequency range of 300 Khz to 26 Mhz and operates in the AM/CW/FSK/FAX. modes. This transmitter has a power output of 100/500 watts


















The Remains of one of the Last MSO Radio Shacks








Photo Submitted by John Gallus, Crew member of the USS Aggressive 1967. Photo of John outside the Shack door.





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DO YOU REMEMBER THESE OLD RM SAYINGS???

3 dits, 4 dits, 2 dits, Da, rah, rah, rah

She was a Radioman's daughter, she always ditdit.


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CLICK ON THE RADIOMAN TO PRACTICE YOUR MORSE CODE !!


Click on the Radioman to practice your morse code





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In Memorium

Richard S. *Rick* Szpyrka
9-25-46 - 10-22-08



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