Who remembers the national walkie-talkie radio?

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Who remembers the national walkie-talkie radio?

Post by Seeker » Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:44 am

So who else had one of these 1 watt 29meg national hand held radio's? The first radio communications for ski-boats here in the Cape. No VHF, cell phone or kavercom back then.

Really revolutionized ski-boat fishing to be able to communicate with other boats on the water. And was a big boost to safety even though the range was limited to just a few miles.

And started a whole new language of codes and hidden meanings to mislead other boats about fishing information. Much of which is lost today with the secret world of cell phones and kavacoms ;)

Think I got my first national in 1969.
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Re: Who remembers the national walkie-talkie radio?

Post by BFC » Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:05 pm

Allan , enige maatjie vir n praatjie?

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Post by Seeker » Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:08 pm

BFC wrote:Are you cleaning your garage ? :D
No waiting for the wind to drop so I can go look for some tail tomorrow ;)

The CB thing only came along many years later and was on 27meg.

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Re: Who remembers the national walkie-talkie radio?

Post by Snefro » Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:05 pm

What were some of the codes Alan?
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Re: Who remembers the national walkie-talkie radio?

Post by Seeker » Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:49 pm

Snefro wrote:What were some of the codes Alan?
Can't tell you that.
Still use them on the VHF, pensioners don't have subsidizes cell phones ;)

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Re: Who remembers the national walkie-talkie radio?

Post by backline » Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:56 pm

I remember the radios, now I have seen the pics anyway, but when did we first call "Penguin"

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Post by Seeker » Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:39 pm

backline wrote: but when did we first call "Penguin"
Couple of years later by then we had all replaced the hand helds with fixed mount 5watt sets.

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Re: Who remembers the national walkie-talkie radio?

Post by Henry.g » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:29 am

I remember that the skipper had a unit on the old (original) Ivy Doreen.
Along with a paper roll echo sounder.
It was at the same time when feathers was considered high tech for fishing.

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