OTHER RADIO CALLSIGNS OF THE 1930-1931 PERIOD

On the page warships of the 1930-31 period radio callsigns I have listed callsigns for famous warships in that period.

Here I continue to show callsigns of interest of non British warships, British merchantmen, commercial radio stations,  military radio stations,  famous historical events, non British merchantmen.

SUBJECT NAME RADIO CALLSIGN
HISTORIC EVENTS AIRSHIP R100 GFAAV [five letter AIR callsign]
" AIRSHIP R101 GFAAW [five letter AIR callsign]
" The Russian battleship [it looks more like a small destroyer] AURORA {AVRORA] which fired the first shot at the Winter Palace in Leningrad to start the Russian Revolution in 1917. She is moored in the River Neva, the wide river which runs through the centre of St Petersburg [the second new name for Leningrad after Petrograd] on the opposite bank to the Winter Palace, and she is still in commission [June 2004]  kept in a well painted and well polished immaculate condition. She is berthed alongside and in full and close up view for all to see.  Opposite her, on the other side of the road, is the Naval College. RAKP
" GRAF ZEPPELIN DENNE [five letter AIR callsign]
FOREIGN WARSHIPS [With famous or "funny" names or callsigns] EMDEN [German] *NB. None of the famous WW2 German ships had been built by this time. However, I have ascertained from the Bismarck's  forum, courtesy of Ulrich Rudofsky, the following information.

"The Morse Code call letters, i.e., international call letters (?), were:
BS Bismarck
HP Hipper
LW Lützow
GU Gneisenau
PE Pelikan
PG Prinz Eugen
SC Scheer
SH Scharnhorst
TP Tirpitz
GS Admiral Graf Spee
BL Blucher

(Source: Übliche Kurzbezeichnung von Schiffen durch den Morseanruf [Commonly used short designation of ships for Morse hailing], in Paul Schmalenbach's "Schwerer Kreuzer Prinz Eugen") "

Morse hailing in this case means flashing light.


 

DMEM
" PRATT [Chile] CAPT
" BRETAGNE [French].

The wonderful book 'DEADLY STROKE' by Warren Tute, tell of the story of ORAN, a port on the North African Coast. After France fell to the Germans, Germany occupied the northern section of the country and put the Vichy French [collaborators] in charge in the South of the country.  Thus the whole country was governed by Axis power forces. The French Fleet sailed from their various ports South to Oran which was a well established French Navy base. Fearing that through the Vichy French, the Germans would get the French Fleet to add to its Fleet, the Allied powers gave the French Fleet Commander an ultimatum: either come over to the Allies side, or risk being sunk, by the Royal Navy, whilst inside Oran. The French refused to surrender to the Allies, and so the Royal Navy turned on the French Fleet and virtually destroyed it killing thousands of men, in, what the French would say, cold blood. One of the protagonists at that destruction was our Battle Cruiser HMS HOOD with her 15-inch guns. One of her 15-inch shells  exploded the after magazine of the French Battleship F.S.BRETAGNE which caught fire and sank within minutes killing 950 French sailors.  This became a grim "pre-run" of what was to befall Hood herself just ten months later.

FAHB
" ACTEÒN [French] FACT
" CENTAURE [French] FACE
" ORCADE [French] FADE
" REDOUTABLE [French] FARM
" GEORGES LEYGUES [French] FART
" RESISTANTE [French] FAST
" BRANT [USA] NAFF
" UNDAUNTED [USA] NERD
" HOGAN [USA] NEXT
" GENERAL CALLSIGN FOR ALL GERMAN WARSHIP STATIONS [same as GBXZ for RN warships] DEUT
BRITISH MERCHANTMAN LESBIAN GJXK
" GOTHIC GBYZ
" DORICSTAR GCVQ
" MAURETANIA GLRX
" ACQUITANIA GLRZ
" GANGES GQZM
ROYAL AIR FORCE FLYING BOATS LETTER PLUS A 3 OR 4 DIGIT NUMBER e.g. S 4413 ALL FIVE LETTER CALLSIGNS BEGINNING WITH  THE LETTERS
GEZ..
NAVAL RADIO STATIONS PORTSMOUTH HORSEA GYC
" " GYD
" BERMUDA DOCKYARD GYG
" ROSYTH GYH
" PORTSMOUTH HORSEA GYJ
" FORT BLOCKHOUSE GYQ
" STONECUTTERS GYP
" PORTSMOUTH CULVERCLIFF GYM

 

" PORTLAND DOCKYARD GYR
" GIBRALTAR GYU
" " GYW
" CASTILLE GYX
" ST ANGELO GYY
" RINELLA GYZ
" STONECUTTERS GZO
" MATARA GZP
" ADEN GZQ
" PORTSMOUTH SIGNAL SCHOOL GZU
" PORTSMOUTH DOCKYARD GZW
" PLYMOUTH MOUNT WISE GZX
" CHATHAM NORE GZY
" HONG KONG DOCKYARD GZN
OTHER MILITARY ORGANISATIONS CARDINGTON ROYAL AIRSHIP WORKS GEC
" AIR MINISTRY LONDON GFA
" " GFB
" " GFJ
" " GFN
" ADEN RAF GFQ
" BAGHDAD RAF GFV
" ISMAILIA RAF GFX
" " GFY
" CALAFRANA RAF GFZ
" " GHA
" BAGHDAD RAF GHB
" " GHC
" ISMAILIA RAF GHK
" WHITEHALL GYA
" PORTSMOUTH HORSEA GYC
" " GYD
" SELETAR GYL
" " GYS
" COVE ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT GFT
" SINGAPORE RAF GEO
" AMBALA RAF GFW
" ISMAILIA RAF GFI
COMMERCIAL STATIONS RUGBY GBA
" " GBC
" " GBQ
" " GBR
" " GBS
" " GBT
" " GBU
" " GBW
" " GBX
" " GBP
" GRIMSBY GBH
" " GBI
" BODMIN GBJ
" " GBK
" OXFORD GBL
" " GBN
" " GBO
" " GBY
" " GBZ
" " GBM
" TOBERMORY GCA
" LOCHBOISDALE GCB
" CULLERCOATS GGC
" VALENTIA GCK
" CASQUETS LIGHTHOUSE GCM
" DUNGENESS LIGHTHOUSE GDM
" CROYDON GED
" CROYDON AIRPORT GFK
" " GFB
" LYMPNE GEG
" PULHAM GEP
" RENFREW GER
" STANMORE BENTLEY PRIORY GFC
" ANDOVER GFD
" CALSHOT GFL
" ORFORDNESS GFP
" UXBRIDGE GFU
" SOUTH BISHOP LIGHTHOUSE GGB
" ROUND ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE GGG
" SKERRIES GGK
" BAR LIGHTSHIP GGM
" NORTH RONALDSHAY GKH
" SANDAY GKJ
" DOLLIS HILL GKP
" " GKQ
" " GKS
" PORTISHEAD GKT
" " GKU
" HUMBER GKZ
" ONGAR GLA
" " GLB"
" " GLO
" " GLP
" " GLQ
" " GLS
" CARNARVON GLC
" " GLJ
" " MUU
" LANDS END GLD
" DORCHESTER GLG
" " GLH
" " GLK
" " GLL
" " GLM
" " GLW
" " GLX
" " GLY
" SEAFORTH GLV
" GUERNSEY HARBOUR GMC
" ALDERNEY GMF
" GUERNSEY GMG
" JERSEY HARBOUR GMJ
" NORTH FORELAND GNF
" NITON GNI
" NEWHAVEN GNV
" PORT PATRICK GPK
" PARKESTON QUAY GPQ
" FISHGUARD GRL
" RATHLIN ISLAND GRN
" BALLYCASTLE ANTRIM GSL
" START POINT LIGHTHOUSE GSM
" STONEHAVEN GSW
" FOLKESTONE HARBOUR GUR
" CLEETHORPES GYB
" " GYE
" " GZZ
" PEMBROKE GYF
" PORTLAND BILL GYN
" DEVIL POINT PLYMOUTH GYP
" NORTH LUNDY LIGHTHOUSE GGJ
" BUTT OF LEWIS LIGHTHOUSE MBG
" CROMER LIGHTHOUSE MMC
" NORTH FORELAND LIGHTHOUSE MMF
" SPURN LIGHTSHIP MMH
" KINNAIRD HEAD MMK
" SULE KERRY LIGHTHOUSE MSG
" MULL OF CANTYRE {note their spelling!} GGC
FOREIGN MERCHANT SHIPS WITH "FUNNY" NAMES AND OR CALLSIGNS GENERAL MACHADO

[Portugal]

CRAB
" LOURENCO MARQUES POLANA [Portugal] CRAP
" WATUSSI [German] DAFT
" CAP ARCONA [German] This was Germany's 'smartest' and fastest liner. She was sunk by the RAF just days from the end of WW2 with the near total loss of her passenger.  As the callsign NEARLY suggests, all were DEAD. Her passengers - concentration camp prisoners, all 5000 of them! DDEA
" BUSSARD [German] DAIS
" TIRPITZ [German] but a humble merchant packet of the 1920's not the battleship of the mid to late 1930's [note in the same period there was no Bismarck] DDIZ
" CABO CERVERA [Spain] EACH
" FELIX FRAISSINET [French] FOOD
" LINE CAMPANELLA [Italy] IBET
" PALESTINA [Italy] ICAN
" WATERTOWN [USA] KING
" EXCELLENCY [USA] KISS
" PEGASUS [Sweden] SHUN
" MARÉCHAL [MARSHAL] FOCH - The French equivalent to our Field Marshal Haig in WW1 [French] FOCH
" BIRKA [Sweden] SHIT
BALAKLAVA [Sweden] SHAT
VENEZUELA [Sweden] SHOT
" SUECIA [Sweden] SENT
In the 1930-31 period the letter 'm' had been authorised for the use by the British, but only 7 callsigns were assigned and all of them 3 letter shore station calls.