Radio During World War One (1914-1919)

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    This is about United States early radio history .... does anybody know what Britain had ?

    Civilian radio activities were suspended during the war, as the radio industry was taken over by the government. Numerous military applications were developed, including direct communication with airplanes. The war also exposed thousands of service personnel to the on-going advances in radio technology, and even saw a few experiments with broadcasting entertainment to the troops.
  2. geoff501

    geoff501 New Member

    All I can offer is this map. Radio technology made great progress in WW1. At the start there were a few very heavy 'Spark sets', by the end of the war there were 600 RAF planes fitted with 2-way voice communications.

    (my first post! hello everyone)

  3. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

  4. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    Welcome Geoff. I am an avid user of your search engine (though mainly the WW2 one). Excellent resource - thank you for sharing it with everyone
  5. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

  6. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    The Navy Arc Transmitter at Sayville
  7. forester

    forester New Member

    The British side of the pond...........

    Some nice pictures here too.

    Phil (who still keeps his amateur licence going) :)
  8. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    CQ ... CQ .... CQ..... !!

    Well Phil ........ now I find out you're a man of many talents !!!!!!!!!! :D:D:D
  9. forester

    forester New Member

    I had to do something to wile away the long winter nights in Wales many years ago......... it was either that or get the wellies out (and go hill walking!!!!!!!!!!!!) :D

    Just realised I doubled your link up Annie
  10. geoff501

    geoff501 New Member

    Spark wireless was Morse key!

    (who passed the exam but did not bother to get a license - still have a Racal Rx 'boat anchor' though, now converted to DRM)
  11. forester

    forester New Member

  12. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Welcome Geoff from another user of your search engine.

  13. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I lived around "Ham Radio " for years ............ :p

    Without the foggiest idea what was being talked about .... all I could say was "hmmmmm !!"

    lots of tubes and those little skinny things that had bands of different colours that denoted a number !! :rolleyes:

    Though my son was doing morse when he was six !! :D

    Nice pictures Phil !!!!!!!!!
  14. geoff501

    geoff501 New Member

    Was it Tony Hancock? (sadly missed genius)

    Thanks Phil, Geoff and annie for the info. Was the Marconi stuff that which GE/Marconi decided to auction about 10 years ago? And what happened? I presume a lot of Marconi trained wireless men ended up in the RE. Is there a memorial or roll of honour to these men, anyone know of any?
  15. forester

    forester New Member

  16. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I found one !!!!! :D but there's some other interesting stuff there too !!

    And this is for you guys first !!!! :D

    In the Catalogue of the Marconi Archives .... you'll find this .....

    A.14.5 World War 1: other papers, 1914-20

    Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 358-361

    Miscellaneous papers relating to wireless in World War 1, 1914-18
    Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 358
    Extent: 1 folder

    Scope and Content:
    note of an intercepted wireless message in German announcing the outbreak of war, copied down by H.J. Round, 1914
    letter from Godfrey Isaacs to Guglielmo Marconi advising that experiments with America are not possible, reporting on speculation as to the side Italy will take in the war, and referring to the hope of concluding the contract for the Imperial stations, Sept. 1914
    letter from the Home Office advising it is not possible to grant exemption to Marconi from the Alien Restrictions Order to allow him to travel more freely, Nov. 1914
    correspondence with the War Office about a visit by Marconi to the headquarters in France, 1915
    letter from Lord Kitchener to Marconi in appreciation of Marconi's success in organising the manufacture of cartridges for rifles loaned by the Italian Government to Russia, 1915
    wartime annual report of the U.S. Naval Radio Service, 1915
    copies of the message announcing the cessation of hostilities, with related papers, Nov. 1918
    letter from Field Marshal Douglas Haig to the Wireless Press Ltd., expressing thanks for the services performed by wireless telegraphists throughout the war, 1918
    letter from Admiral David Beatty to Marconi, expressing thanks for the service of wireless ratings, operators and equipment in HM Navy, 1918
    summary of Roll of Honour for the company, c.1918
    letter from W.R. Cross, Marconi International Marine Communication Company Traffic Manager, to H.W. Allen giving a history of the work of the department during the war, including details of the recruitment and training of ships' radio officers, 1921

    Volume of printed letters to men on service including news of staff in the forces, extracts from correspondence received, and rolls of honour, 1916-19
    Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 359
    Extent: 1 vol.

    Administrative correspondence relating to the employment of Isaac Shoenberg, a former employee of the Russian company, in Britain, 1914-17
    Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 360
    Extent: 1 folder

    Incomplete typescript draft of 'Wireless in the War' by Harold Begbie, with related correspondence, 1919-20
    Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 361
    Extent: 1 box

    Scope and Content:
    Draft of the book with chapters 4, 10, 11, 12 and 15 missing, possibly removed because of the sensitivity of the content; internal company correspondence directing adverse criticism at the draft overall; correspondence from the Directors of Military and Naval Intelligence with criticism noting material that should not be published in the national interest.
  17. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    See that room Tony Hancocks got ? .... we had one of them ! ... "The Shack " :rolleyes:

    Bl**dy antennas all over the roof .... scared skinny - in case we had a gale force wind - that brought it all down and killed us all !!!!!!!

    ( took 5 burly fellahs to put it up !! )

    Those were the days .................... :p
  18. forester

    forester New Member

    Thank you for that bit of nostalgia Annie. :D

    Well done!!!!
    You obviously had a bit more patience. I started going bleary eyed scanning down that lot. :eek:
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    liverpool annie New Member

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