Moree Today Pt2

Moree Revisited Pt2

Story and photos by Dan Flett

Preface by Robert Brand: I received this email from an interested party, nothing to do with OTC, but was kind enough to send me some great photos of the Moree site that re recently visited. I will spread the photos out over a few postings, but here is his email. Thanks so much Dan.

Hi Robert, My name is Dan Flett, and I discovered your site, exotc.org indirectly via www.honeysucklecreek.net – my new favourite website. :)   The only vaguely tangental personal connection I might have with OTC is that my wife used to work for Telstra and has a few Telstra and ex-Telstra friends – some of whom may have worked for OTC in the past.

I’ve been spending a bit of time reading the articles on www.honeysucklecreek.net and have taken an interest in the old tracking station sites and the photos of their current condition.  I noticed that there wasn’t any photos of the current condition of OTC Earth Station Moree, despite there being a lovely scan of an OTC publication from 1969 with the Moree Dish on the cover.  I’m currently on holiday – I with my family have just completed a road-trip from Melbourne to Brisbane, and we stopped two nights ago in Moree.  I did a Google search for the Earth Station and found the current owner of the site and was able to contact him and set up a visit.  I was amazed that while the building is now being used for an engineering business, there is still a bit of the original signage and equipment in place (such as the original generator control panel).  I was given an escorted tour of the tower – the owner seems proud of the building’s OTC heritage and the important role it played, and is happy for people with an interest to have a look around (within limits I would imagine).

Generator and power control panel at base of tower

Closeup of status panel of generator control

Transformer Lockout Switches

Generator panel – no flash

Base of tower – lift door – ground floor

Unoccupied room – first floor – inside tower

Top of tower – water tank and shed covering it

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4 thoughts on “Moree Today Pt2

  1. BERNIE SETH said: “This photo brings back fond memories of my days as a satellite telecommunications engineer working on OTC’s earth station at Moree, and the people I worked with like Rick Abbassi, Paul Mcann and Ian Bonner; all of whom were equal to any in the Intelsat network. It was a pleasure subsequently to be in a business lead by Steve Burdon, that included senior management such as Peter Shore, Chris Vonviller, Robert Brand, Geoff Nicholson and Warren Grace”

    • Rob – thank you so much for the recognition in this note – I feel very special as were most of the team we worked with in OTC!!

      Paul

      • Paul, the note was from Bernie Seth, but the same sentiments were true from my side – we were all a great team that made stuff and systems work! I must say, I was only a STO1 at my departure from OTC after almost 20 years. I was never senior management – just one of the people at the bottom. Maybe Bernie was referring to Alan Brand?

      • Paul, I would also like to say that when I searched for OTC Moree on the Internet with a whole range of different criteria, virtually nothing came up. I was rather horrified that the information, so recent, could just not have been found. It seems that no one has written stories about the place and no one has posted photos. I aim to change that with help from you guys. Send me some pictures and some photos! I even dug out some photos from 1971 field training that I will post soon.

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