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An insight into a small group of Radio Hams in Melbourne who
(since the 1970's) have conducted rambling and inane conversations until
the early hours of the morning via complex multiplex radio connections
that even the Oz Govt Radio Authorities have yet to figure out.
Have tried to go back to the most original or highest quality
IMPORTANT INFORMATION! ALL NEW CROSSBAND UPLOADS ARE NOW VIA YOUTUBE.
It may seem strange but it is much quicker and easier to just put audio up on youtube. Go to the Silly Crossbands channel on Youtube.
All new uploads now via "Silly Crossbands" on Youtube.
More Australian History and other stuff from Mr Mumbles. (who was Mr Mumbles?)
Mr Mumbles was at Parliament House in 1975 and saw Mr Whitlem Dismissed and also he met
Bob Hawk on the plane.
Mr Bek and Stu playing around with a home made disc recording cut on a Presto machine of off air recordings of ABC breakfast man Peter Evens.
Henry set up the first radio network for the Fire Brigade
in the 1930's and VKN8 was broadcast all around Melbourne on 1655Khz.
When he retired he came on 160 meters. Unfortunately some teenagers used to listen in and cause all sorts of trouble.
Mr Branch deciding what to eat from the fridge.
Justus on lightbeamish coms (sounds like a carbon telephone)with the Stu and Bek. 1976
Bernard with the Egg and Branch. 1975ish
around 1978 with the Branch,Bek,Mr Head, Markovitch and Liz.
effects caused by eating breakfast cereal.
This is an
attempted outside broadcast from an exclusive Party that we were NOT invited to.
A few weeks latter a sequel to Pirate Tales was broadcast. This is IN STEREO so have both
speakers working. i have lost the original WAV file so down converting the
mp3 and monoising it looses quality.
The dark side of radio.From those that were there, 27 Megs in Melbourne during the 1970"s the raids and broadcasts and lots of illegal activities. Most of this i did not know as i had lived a very sheltered life and thought that what went on on 160 was bad at least no one got shot!.This and other interesting subjects included. From 2009 and one of the best of the modern period. This crossband was almost lost as the file was accidentally erased and the analogue tape backup machine was slipping so it is made up from various other recordings so the quality is a bit strange at times. This will not appear on the podcast site as i do not remember how to do them and it is years since i put one up and does anyone still listen to podcasts?
Hear the original BBBill Ceivers the man that made his own valve
Stu and Egg missions from 1975
A young Mr
Bek takes the tram to Sydney.At the start bit of a time warp back 40 years
(70 years now)
The title says it all.
this recently on air and i have not heard it for a while but it is in the
classic class,stu moaning about being sick of the missions after being
4 years.I think this would date back to about 1979. Quality is not the
best as it is an of air recording and
it was not being loged but maybe that is why it is as good as it is.
Stu missions from mid 70's. Bit of a rip off of Ms V White from the department
Interesting experiences in LA, among other things (121min 50meg)
hot sumer night hospital missions bit like "Ken in a box" but with some
live reaction from the ward (43min 18meg)
Stu Bek missions from 1975 discussing amongst other things the beacon on
the mouth of the Elwood
canal (It used to transmit on the 160 band and sounded like a bottle pouring)
(27 min 11meg)
doing a BOCP of the air the Mr k gets talking about Babbage and early putors
(29 min 12meg)
VKC (the Melbourne Police Dpt) have gone digital
encrypted, so you can't listen to them any more.
news rooms must now be very quiet without the continuious babble
from the police scanners . Anyhow here is
a recording from 1984 before they were even on the UHF repeater network.
This is from the old VHF simplex (168Mhz)
system and although you can hear most cars some are in the noise
or not there at all , the main thing is how clear the audio
is compared to the more recent systems and they seem to be a lot
On going through
my discs i found a missions i had forgotten about , this is the first time
the Branch came on via Skype
the second last time he appeared . It is quite long and has a few good
This is the last
Branch missions i am sad to say as he died in June 2006
Mr Branch was
last on air from his Park St station in 1980 . Occasionally he could be
convinced to come on a live crossband
and this is
a record of the last time it happend in November 2004. The Branch was on
via Skype and the Wick on Eccolink
This is the
second last Branch missions from Oct 2003 and was the
time he was on since 1998. Incomming audio was via netmeeting
you will hear the quality is no way as good as Skype. Dallas and
join latter on. All these recent missions have not been put up before
i did not concider them all that interesting, but now as they are the last
there is some appeal.
Last in the
1998 series from September that year, a Branch, Stu, Egg missions.
Egg, Stu and
the Branch again from 1998.
The first of the
New Branch series from 1998 via a UHF link i gave him but it did
not gain his
interest as there was only three missions and we had to
wait till 2003
till the next apperence.
The last real Branch
missions from the Park St studios in
1980 featuring Mr
K and the Stu talking about the Newport power station.
Final simplex transmission
from the original station with Mr Head and Mr K.
funny missions, first the Bek is worried about walking home from the stu's
in the middle of the night due to harassment from the constabulary then
the rest of the time is taken up with the Egg and Stu discussing the art
of TV cabinet watching. 1975 (90 min 38 meg)
Branch and Mike among other things talking about building mud houses and
design and architecture, quite an interesting and sober session. 1978 (47
A hot summer night means Bonnie
and Mr Branch have go to outside to the yard to escape the heat during
a "hospital hour" with the Wick. 1976 (69 min 29 meg)
Bek Stu Missions about various
subjects including the buzzing electric clock at the local fish shop. 1976
(95 min 40 meg)
One of the best "scripted" crossbands.
While talking to the Branch Mr Speedie finds a saw a cutting through his
floor. A mass of concrete then fills the room. 1977 (1hr55 min 48 meg)
The most requested missions
ever. This time Speedie finds a steel trapdoor in the garden and goes down
to investigate, he finds a massive industrial complex extending down and
down and the secret lies on the last level..... 84. 1977 (2hr6 min 53 meg)
The first modulated light beem
coms from the stu's upstairs window and the Beks balcony conecting Sth
Caulfield and Glenhuntly also features the Branch and the person we are
not alowed to name. (5 min 2 meg)
A programe i put together in
January 2005 just after Herb (vk3jo) passed on at age 93. One of the last
people with experience from the early days of wireless. This contains interviews
from 1994 and 2003 and off air recordings of mainly historical reminisces
by Herb and also as anchor man for the long running one sixty metre 11
am coffe break, ends with a recording from 1945 when President of the WIA.
(58 min 24Meg)
Goes for a while, good for a
long train trip and i pod 1976 (1hr 52 min 47 meg)
Stu and Bek with the help of
Peter Evens and Flash on the phone via an acatate recording. (57 min 24
Not Much to do with xmas except it was recorded at xmas 1976. The Head
talks about his trip to Alice Springs
and the Stu goes walking about the house with the radio mic, latter the
Bek comes on via a tandy phone. (55 min 24Meg)
A bit of a mess this one but quite a laugh, Egg Stu Bek and harry rings
up a bit latter on. 1976 (45 min 23 meg)
This is the broadcast transmitted on xmas eve 1975. It resulted in a raid
by the Silvers and a penalty into the bargin.
The Branch gets a little mixed up when he tries to explain how the flood
might have occured due to physical laws. (103min 30Meg)
Another clasic Bek Stu missions from 1975, the Bek sounds quite fi on this
one. (115min 46Meg)
A bit of a guide about finding good food places in Stkilda and Melbourne
in general in the late 1970's. Branch Tom and others. (34min 14Meg)
Battery Valve 80
Some interesting topics like the 3DB traffic plane crash come up on this
160/80 metre xband. The 80 metre end is from a batery valve set in Sth
Gippsland, amazing how well it comes through.(46min 19Meg)
Branch and Bek talking about 1960's radio programing. Stax of wax and all
that. (14min 6Meg)
More recent from early this century.Mr Nosey decides to vacume his room
while on air(63min 26Meg)
Rather serious disscussion from the Bek and Branch,has some stuff on old
TV programs. From 1976 (113min 46Meg)
Stu and Bek on the bad state of telecine operation 1985(16min 6Meg)
One of the best. A very funny rip off of the answer tom column in the old
Radio Television And Hobbies mag (76min 36Meg)
Not an uninteresting missions from the mid 80's, quite good in fact apart
from the first bit maybe.(103min 43Meg)
Mr Boots kite flying tests cause some troubles with air 490, The police
Mr Soak goes behind the iron curtian, Travelogue on trip to Russia in 1970.s(113min
Part 2 of above(68min 28Meg)
A big night with lots of talkback calls. 1975 (18min 7Meg)
An afternoon crossband with the Branch and Agr.A listener drops in to find
out how it all works. (67min 12Meg)
from Mr Wetsdale
Callbacks on social issues and Mr Wets as well (26min 11Meg)
Soak Cape York
Mr Soak talks about his travels around Australia(37min 15Meg)
The Maize takes some serious calls (20min 9Meg)
During an electricty strike when it is illegal to use more than two light
bulbs and a toaster in each house, Mr Branch runs the missions off d cells
Very early Stu Bek missions and a difinitive description of Glenhuntly
in 1975(62min 11Meg)