"With the development of commercial air services (and radio) in the 1930s came the need for a supporting ground organisation.
This need was reinforced by the tragic losses of the first ANA's Avro X Southern Cloud in 1931, Airlines of Australia's Stinson VH-UHH in 1937 and the second ANA's DC3 Kyeema in 1938.
At first marine radio stations were used for communication with aircraft, but soon a dedicated air traffic services organisation was established, one that continues to play a vital role in safe air transport today."
..courtesy of the Airways Museum Website
FLIGHT SERVICE UNIT on Thursday Island (TI) in late 1970s
I did a 2-year stint as OTC Coastal Radio Radio Officer on TI from 1975-1977. At that time we had a dual role as we also manned the DCA Flight Service Unit on TI.
In 1977 this FSU closed and Weipa took over.
I am after somebody that knows what sort of equipment DCA used on TI and its frequencies. I do remember that we worked the aircraft on a VHF frequency.
Receivers were rackmounted nearby but HF transmitters were on Milmann Hill in the weather burea station and remotely controlled.
Maybe a DCA technical officer that used to service the equipment on TI could help.
What was the standard VHF frequency ground-to-air at that time?
I have been in contact with Roger Meyer of the Aviation Museum but I understand he is on holidays.
Would it be best to await his return?
OTC Coastal Radio Officer
Editors Note: Anyone??????