A Decade of Service

(Thursday 5 February 2015)

At Tas Maritime Radio's Christmas Lunch in December, three of our volunteers were acknowledged for volunteering with TMR in its various guises for 10 years.

John Parsell receiving 10 year award
John Parsell receiving his 10-year award from TMR director Barry McCann
Photo: Stu Braunholz
Derek Blair 10 year award
Derek Blair receiving his 10-year award from TMR director Barry McCann
Photo: Stu Braunholz
Three of TMR's operators, John Parsell, Derek Blair and Graham Kellaway, have passed the 10-year mark in their voluntary service to Tasmanian mariners. John and Derek were awarded with a framed certificate at Tas Maritime's Christmas gathering in December. Unfortunately Graham was unable to attend and received his award at a later date.

Congratulations to John, Derek and Graham from all of us at Tas Maritime.

After lunch director Barry McCann outlined the significant changes the group has made in 2014, not the least of them the change of name from Coast Radio Hobart to Tas Maritime Radio.

The TMR group
Barry McCann outlining changes in 2014 & heralding more 2015
Photo: Stu Braunholz
Brian Muir plotting
Meanwhile Brian Muir conjures up some new diagrams
Photo: Stu Braunholz
Other changes included the establishment of the West Coast bases at Mount Reid and Elliot Range, a new website, and improved voyage reporting. These are all outlined on this website.

2015 will bring further improvements to Tas Maritime's coverage and services offered to its members.

Brian Muir addressing the group
Brian Muir covering technical aspects of the changes
Photo: Stu Braunholz

Director Brian Muir then wrapped up with a rundown of the technical aspects of the changes past and future.

A pleasant lunch was enjoyed by all and it was good to get together, especially as we don't gather all that often, mostly seeing only those who stand the watches before and after our own. It was especially good to chat with and acknowledge the long-suffering partners, without whose indulgence we wouldn't be playing with radios.