August 1969 - July 1978 +


A young Peter, minus the 'tash

Pondering the situation?

"Blink your signal, base four."

The perfect host. During a visit to his house in Berne 2005


Early days, in the USA, pre ONI

Love the hat

Awaiting pick-up by the Wayne Walker after dismantling station Omba, West Irian, Indonesia, July 1970

On station with Klaus Keilich



Doesn't look like anything to do with navigation, Peter, apart perhaps from Base Station supplies.

Somewhere offshore Australia.

Continental Hotel - Broome,

Northwest Oz If you fancied a fight no better place than the Conti

Calibration near Kavala, Greece

Crew in Spanish Sahara, L to R:

Dick Madison; Dennis Cooper; Terry Barnett; Mike Perkins; Chris Crawford - GSI Boat Manager


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Remnants of the Biafran conflict; wreck of a gun-running plane at the side of Uli airstrip - which was actually a straight stretch of Nigerian road

Relaxing, en route to wherever

On station somewhere in Australia

Take me home - Browse Island, 

NW Australia.

Photo by Dave Clayton

Got that look in his eye

Thought so! He was selecting a

camp helper

Taking a bath on station at Trig Point, 

Warnambool, Australia 1969.

Photo by Peter Barrett


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Base station in the Spanish Sahara

Port Gentil beach party. Click on photo for details

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En route to station Cape Portland,  NE Tasmania, Oz - with Jerry Naylor


Jerry Naylor's patent 

"Flying Fox"

Familiar sight, SSB radio, open, either for cooling or tweaking.

Northeast point of Tasmania, Cape Portland station was one of Peter's first jobs. Party Chief, Ian Easterbrook, based in Devonport, dispatched Jerry Naylor, along with Peter and an Australian trainee named Steve to set the station. First day they only made it as far as a town named Pioneer. It was then midnight and they had to rouse a publican so as to get rooms for the night. Next morning, they left at 06:00,  no breakfast, and without paying the bill!. Land in the area was being cleared for British Tobacco - two tanks bulldozing the way, a chain between them with a heavy steel ball in the centre. They had a tractor pulling a trailer with their gear. They arrived to find the trig point was on top of a large boulder type hill, up which they could not carry the equipment. Jerry Naylor rigged a kind of "Flying Fox", tractor pulling the running line. This worked OK, and they set up with that. During the night came a big storm, wiping out the tower, so, after repairs to the coax cables etc, they just wedged to H-frame between the rocks and it worked fine. On the return trip they called in at Pioneer to pay the friendly Irish publican, who said he never doubted they would come back to settle up. Quite the genial host, they stayed on too long, so never made it back to Devonport until the next day.

After the storm

H-Frame wedged in the rocks

Good view from the top, which 

means it is also open to any weather

ONI crew with driver in Dubai - I guess the one next to Klaus  is the driver?

Peter Barrett, Oct 1969, Victoria

Ron Wasserman & Willie Williams at Libreville airport

Project 870 Loran C module under construction; 

Dieter Moser

Ready for lifting onto rig Scarebeo 3 for final fix, 

offshore Libya

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