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).