U.S. Navcommsta Londonderry Alumni Association
Our Favorite Links
The following websites may be of interest to you. To visit any of the Web Sites, click on the following address. For the last site listed, an e-mail may be sent by clicking on the e-mail address.
Member Jim Gola (RM, 60 to 63). As you may or may not know, while stationed at Navcomsta Londonderry, Jim took advantage of the off time and painted in oils with the Irish Art Association. After some 40 plus years in architecture, Jim is back to painting again for his final career. He took an extended trip back to Ireland in 2003 and retraced many of his earlier steps. He is again painting scenes of the Irish countryside and Derry based on his 700 plus high resolution digitals taken on his last trip. To view the Irish portion on Jim's work, click on: Jim Gola's Art Gallery
Al Britnell, RMC USN (Ret), Doire website: home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-DoireRM
Member Bob Gradisher (RM, 64 to 67) wife Alice (from Derry) is an artist: www.muralpro.com
Gregory Allard, (RM 70-71). His business, Southwest Florida EcoTours, Inc., provides ecotours into Everglades National Park and the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: www.southwestfloridaecotours.com
Fellow communicator, Michael R. Ellis, RMCS USN(Ret), has become an excellent author and his offerings center around Navy Communications, hero being RM2 Rigney Page - very interesting novels. Two to date and a third one on the way. The latest novel takes place at NCS Nea Makri (NGR). Terrific author and a must read for all intersted in Naval Communications in the era of 1950-1970. Links for more information and how to obtain these books are: Apollo Rises and Nea Makri.
Mike Ellis has released yet another novel, titled "Chief Page". “From the Philippines to the northern coast of Scotland, Chief Page combats America’s enemies and stirs conflict with his chain of command.” “Evil regrets the day it crossed paths with this navy chief!”
Mike has just released a fourth novel!
Chief Page embarks on another adventurous trek through the Cold War navy. . . . Follow The Hero of Thurso as he combats the red menace in the waters and islands of The Bonifacio Strait . . . . . . Watch the chief’s leadership tested when he must cope with destructive incompetence in the chain-of-command . . .
Read more about Chief Page and "The Bonifacio Strait" at his publisher’s website: Chief Page
Membership Related Links
DO NOT be responsible for forwarding bogus "VIRUS ALERT" messages to all your friends. Two good sites to check out VIRUS WARNINGS to see if they're BOGUS are:
E-mail Chat Group for Alumni members, groups.yahoo.com/group/DerryAlumni
Military Related Links
List of Veteran's Affairs Offices for all States: All 50 StatesFleet Reserve Association (FRA) News Item - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded list of USN and USCG vessels during Vietnam to Agent Orange Exposure List - Link to: FRA News Item The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) analysis of the 2010 Medicare Trustees Report - Link to: News Item "U.S. Navy Radio Communications" - this website contains a phenomenal wealth of photos, technical manuals, and other documentation on the Naval Communications System and the equipment used both on shore stations and aboard ship. - Link to: US Navy Radio Communications "The Second World War in Northern Ireland" - Andy's website contains a wealth of historical information, "then and now" photos, and other documentation on circa WW2 Allied Military Bases, including USAAF, RAF, RN, and Army units located in Northern Ireland. - Link to: The Second World War in Northern Ireland Defense Finance and Accounting Service - Contains links on information for:
Radio Shack Equipment you haven't seen in a while: Navy Radio Gear
FRA: The Fleet Reserve Association, web site: www.fra.org
A musical/pictorial THANK YOU to our World War II veterans: "Before You Go"
ONLINE Veteran and Military Personnel Locator/Registry: www.amervets.com/registry.htm (Info on accessing database: www.amervets.com/database.htm)
Medal Replacements and Medal Display Recognitions: www.amervets.com/replacement/other.htm
Vets Roll Call Site; locate old shipmates, www.vetsrollcall.com
Free service for Navy veterans looking for civilian careers, www.recruitnavy.com
Online database of U.S. Navy members (active, reserve, and retired) E-mail addresses, www.usnavyemail.com
Military Veterans On-line Data Base, www.vetfriends.com
U.S. Navy Ship's Company, www.hullnumber.com
The Navy Times, www.navytimes.com
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers Alumni Association, http://www.goatlocker.org/index.html
NAVCOMMSTA Thurso, Scotland, Alumni Association, sacman.net
USNTC Bainbridge Maryland Alumni Association, www.usntcbainbridge.org
Radioman "A" and "B" School of USNTC Bainbridge Alumni Association, e-mail Bill O'Donnell: Odusn29@aol.com We have word that Bill O'Donnell has passed away, so you may not get a reply.
Military Connections - Veteran Reunion and Military Database Searches: www.militaryconnections.com
Navy Database for History, Ships, Reunions, Shipmates, etc.: www.theanchorstore.com/chief/
For you guys who worked in "Crypto": http://www.jproc.ca/crypto/menu.html
For those who served on Carriers: www.flight-history.com
The Kitchen Table Gang, a group of retires dedicated to making life better for hospitalized veterans: KitchenTableGang
WARSHIP: the tale of the ships and submarines that changed the face of modern naval warfare: Navy Warships
Home Page of The White House, Washington, DC: White House
Retirement Planner - Special Extra Earnings for Military Service: Social Security Online
Naval Historical Center - Naval History and Heritage Command: NHC - NHHC
Action Alert re "Retirees,Vets eyed for Health Cost Cuts": Military.com
"Navy Together We Served", a website for current and former serving members of the United States Navy, enabling one to connect with lost shipmates: togetherweserved.com
Although this appears to be sponsored by a law office, this website contains information about Mesothelioma and asbestos awareness for veterans: Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center
Some of our retired members may not realize that there may be a Coast Guard exchange nearby. There are 26 Coast Guard Exchanges located in CA, CT, AL, MA, FL, OH, NC, NJ, NY, TX, LA, VA, ME, WA, AK, HI and Puerto Rico: Coast Guard Exchange Website
This is a link to a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with names, bio's, and other information on our lost comrades: Virtual Wall
Here are links to two websites that allow one to convert plain text to Morse Code or CW, and adjust rate to various speeds:
Text to Morse Code MP3 conversion Morse Code Translator
United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors:
Federal Benefits - 2010 Edition
U.S. Social Security Administration - Online Website: Home Page
On Line Tools You Can Use; On Line Tools Your Loved Ones Can Use; Life Changes and Your Retired Pay Account, Direct Deposit Required; Resetting MyPay Passwords; Tips To Use When Making a Bank Account Change; Customer Service Menu Option Changes; Questions and Answers about Sequestration; Change to Survivor Benefit Plan Annuity Accounts - Retired Pay - March 2013 Newsletter
Derry Related Links
City of Derry web site: www.derrycity.gov.uk
Web Site for the CITY OF DERRY AIRPORT: www.cityofderryairport.com
A Derry City Web Page with Lots of Information, www.derry.net
Derry Tourist Guide, www.visitderry.com
Old Ghost Stories from in and around Derry: www.derryghosts.com
Over 100 of Photographer Eamon Melaugh's Pictures of Derry (1968-1974), cain.ulster.ac.uk/melaugh/gallery.htm
Derry City Pictures from the CAIN Project, Derry City
"Very Derry" provides access to a collection of Quicktime Virtual Reality VR) panoramas of Derry. Very Derry
"propertynews.com" provides access to a satellite photo imagery starting at Sperrin Park, with the capability to maneuver all around the surrounding area allowing a "birdseye view". Outstanding resolution and clarity. Instructions are contained on the website, along with the icons to switch between "map" and "bird's eye view". propertynews.com
Guide to Late-Night Clubs, Eats, Hotspots and other stuff in Derry, www.knowhere.co.uk/165.html
The Derry City FOOTBALL CLUB's Web Page, www.derrycityfc.com
The Richmond Shopping Centre (Inside the Derry Wall), www.richmondcentre.co.uk
The Foyleside Shopping Centre (Outside the Derry Wall), www.foyleside.co.uk
DerryCity.Com, submitted by John Fout, son of the late John T. Fout RM (58-60, 68-70): DerryCity.Com
Welcome to Springtown Camp - Dedicated to the men, women, and children of Springtown Camp - 1946 - 1967: www.springtowncamp.com
YouTube - "A DRIVE AROUND DERRY CITY, IRELAND (part one)"
Part Two and other similar videos are listed under "Related Videos".
Link to: A DRIVE AROUND DERRY CITY, IRELAND (Part One)
"The Wile BIG Derry Phrasebook" by Seamus McConnell - GP Media/Guildhall Press, posted on the Springtown Camp Website.
Link to: Book
YouTube - "US ARMY SIGNAL BASE, NORTHERN IRELAND, BENBRADAGH"
Most know it as the Dungiven Transmitter Site and not as a US Army Signal Base. After the US Navy departed it was turned over to the MOD. Regardless, some very nice footage of the former transmitter site of how it looks today, along with music to accompany the video, created by "CRAFTYMARCUZ". Link to: US ARMY SIGNAL BASE, NORTHERN IRELAND, BENBRADAGH
"In Pictures - Derry City of Culture"
A link to Belfast Telegraph.co.uk of 21 photos at various locations around town as Derry celebrates being the City of Culture for 2013
Link to: "In Pictures - Derry City of Culture"
"Geograph® Britain and Ireland - photograph every grid square"
The Geograph® Britain and Ireland project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland, and you can be part of it.
Map Grid designators that reference Derry (there may be more) are: C4117, C4216, C4315, C4316, C4317, C4416, C4419, C4517.
Link to: Geograph
Derry/Northern Ireland Newspapers Links
The Belfast Telegraph, www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Irish America Magazine, www.irishamerica.com
Irish Newspapers, www.irishnewspapers.com
Ireland's Eye, a weekly web-magazine on Ireland: Ireland's Eye
NEWSHOUND, a "news sifting" service for people interested in the Northern Ireland situation: www.nuzhound.com
MSNBC News Special Report on Northern Ireland, msnbc.com/news/536604.asp?0sp=N2bB
Derry Journal, www.derryjournal.com/
Londonderry Sentinel, www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/
Search Notices - Announcements Ireland, announce.jpress.ie/
Derry/Northern Ireland Radio Station Links
Radio Foyle on Internet, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/radio
Derry Radio Station Q102FM Live Broadcast on Internet, Q102FM
Letterkenny's Highland Radio Live Broadcast on Internet, www.highlandradio.com
Ed McBride's Radio Show, "Reflections of Ireland", "Maryland's longest running-radio program of traditional Irish music, news, and sports" can now be heard Sunday (5:00 - 7:00 pm) and Monday (4:00 - 6:00 pm) on WHFC 91.1 FM or: www.whfc911.org
Various radio stations in N. Ireland and worldwide: www.live-radio.net
Derry/Northern Ireland Miscellaneous Links
Weather Forecasts for N.I., www.weatheronline.co.uk/Ireland.htm
Weather Forecasts for N.I., www.meto.gov.uk/datafiles/AAPMS.html
Weather Forecasts for N.I., uk.weather.yahoo.com/Europe/United_Kingdom/Northern_Ireland/index.html
Northern Ireland Tours, Derry: www.irishtourguides.com
Cheap Flights to Ireland, www.oconnors.com/aerlingus
Abbey Bed & Breakfast, Abbey Road, Derry: www.abbeyaccommodation.com
The Waterfoot Hotel & Country Club, www.thewaterfoothotel.co.uk
Beech Hill Country House Hotel, www.beech-hill.com
Information on Ireland's Hotels, www.irelandhotels.com
Submitted by Declan Walls, his website containing useful information on businesses in Derry, www.thebestof.co.uk/cityofderry
National Art Gallery, www.nationalgallery.ie
Want to talk with old shipmates from NCS Londonderry? If your computer has speakers and a microphone, you can visit Paltalk Voice and Video Chat and download their software and set yourself up in just a few minutes. There is a group of alumni who meet on PALTALK weekday nights from around 8:00pm EST to chat. Look for a group under MEET NEW PEOPLE called 'Derry Alumni' and join in. It's Free.
Want to talk with old shipmates from NCS Londonderry? If your computer has speakers and a microphone, you can visit Skype for more details, download their software and set yourself up in just a few minutes.
NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry Alumni Association
P.O. Box 108
New Boston, MI 48164-0108