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2013 King Hall Conference Proceedings

2013 King Hall Conference Proceedings

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    • 1. MESSAGE INTERCEPTED BY PORT MORESBY - 2 August 1914 Nauru to Planet: First mobilisation day. Central OTHER COMMUNICATIONS OVERHEARD BY AUSTRALIAN WIRELESS STATIONS Thursday Island; Scharnhorst communicating with Yap Is, and Scharnhorst communicating with Nurnberg. Cooktown; Scharnhorst communicating with Nauru. Port Moresby; Scharnhorst communicating with Planet Broome; Geier communicating with SS Bochum, and Geier communicating with SS Frieberg.
    • 2. Reported Positions of German Warships 5 August Geier has not moved far from her previous position. Call signs ASA and KCA appear to have moved to south east. Emden heard possibly at Apia. Germans sending cable material via Guam and not Yap. 5 August Geier 500-600 miles from Darwin 6 August IO, two letter call sign of Scharnhorst and two ships with her. Two letter call sign of either Gneisenau or Nuremberg Emden 400/500 miles north west of Yap Geier 500/600 miles north west of Darwin Scharnhorst and accompanying ships have not moved. 7 August Call sign ASB moving away from Australia. In vicinity of Santa Cruz Islands. Geier near Timor Planet near or in Rabaul. Acting as a radio relay ship. DKT (Komet) near Rabaul. KCA (Yap) sending to Emden. Emden could be near Yap.
    • 3. PACIFIC CABLE and WIRELESS NETWORK c1914
    • 4. ATTACKS ON COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES LOCATION DATE COMMENT 12 August Yap Is. Landing party from HMS Hampshire 30 August Samoa NZ Expeditionary Force 8 September Fanning Is Attacked by Germans 9 September Nauru Destroyed by Germans 11 September Rabaul Captured by ANMEF 26 September Anguar Landing party from HMAS Sydney 9 November Cocos Is SMS Emden 16 November Tsingtau Occupied by Japanese and British forces
    • 5. August 1915 Admiralty asks Naval Board to decypher a German message in the HVB code intercepted by the SS Orama. April 1916 ACNB requested that Commonwealth wireless stations monitor Dutch stations in the Netherlands East Indies and forward any messages intercepted to Navy Office for investigation. By the end of April this instruction was rescinded as no useful information was found in the messages that had been intercepted. June 1918 ACNB forwarded copies of wireless telegraph messages, to and from Japanese residents in the Pacific, to the Attorney-General’s Department. In the main these messages were either commercial in nature or requests for funds and payments. July 1918 The radio station at Broome also forwarded details of intercepted Dutch traffic to Navy Office.