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David Solomon (Ex-OTC Carnarvon SES) Retires

01 Jul 16
Peter Bull

After many years of working at various satellite facilities, tomorrow, 1st July will be his last day with Optus.

Following his technician training in Sydney, he commenced at Carnarvon, Western Australia in May 1970, where he remained until he joined Aussat in 1983.

After working with the Hughes and Aussat teams at the Hughes facility in Torrance, California for 10 months, he returned to Belrose as Aussat prepared for its first satellite launch in 1985.

The TT&C work took him to four other TT&C sites in Australia, three sites in Singapore, and sites in Belgium, Britain, Turkey and Luxembourg.

His experiences over the years have been greatly enhanced by the working relationships that he shared with his Aussat and OTC colleagues.

He thanks all of those people for the positive impacts that it has on his life.


On page 16 of the Transit Magazine from July/Sept 1966:


Transit extends a belated but nonetheless warm welcome to first year Technicians-in-Training Michael Callaghan, Ernest Chalker, Neil Emerson, Ross Gibson, Michael Game, Lindsay Harradine,

Jeffery Hatchman, Owen Lewis, Bill Perryman, Pat Ryan, David Solomon, Reg Spray, Gregory Taylor, Peter Watson, Peter Rexstraw, Robert Murray and John Schofield who are attending the

D.C.A. Regional Training School Marrickville.


Congratulations to Dave on a long and stellar career that all started through the opportunities that he was given when working with OTC.




  1. Peter Bull July 1, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Best wishes Solly, still remember your m/bike trial over Leo Mahoney’s, newly sprayed with dust retardant, sandhills.

    Don Charles

  2. Peter Bull July 1, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Congratulations Dave, I remember many interesting times we shared at Belrose. Hope you enjoy a long and happy retirement.

    Cheers from Dave Webster

  3. Peter Bull July 1, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Hello David ,
    You may recall that I was involved with the OTC earth stations in the 70’s – and also the Aussat team in Los Angeles . I retired in 1990 .
    I would like to wish you a long and happy retirement .
    Best regards , Max Crisp

  4. Peter Bull July 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Best wishes to you on your retirement. I well remember our time at Carnarvon where you were not only one of the valued members of a great team of technicians but also a good member of the Carnarvon community.
    I trust you have some plans made for your retirement to keep you occupied.
    Kindest regards Keith and Gai McCredden

  5. Peter Bull July 7, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Now there are a few “Blast from the past” names in that bunch of TiTs.
    I recall many of them were in Engineering Branch either at Paddington or Broadway in the early 70s.
    Mick Callaghan was at the Hasler Gateway Telex exchange install at B’way where I worked for about a year or so in 73-74, and I think Lindsay Harradine, Bob Murray, Jeff Hatchman and Reg Spray were all Paddo boys.

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