this is a mail, that I received in the end of July, 2018...:
Please excuse this cold call, but I am trying to spread
the word about a book I have written called Point to Point
A History of International Telecommunications During the
Radio Years. The book is available from online retailers
such as Amazon but I also have a small stock of books which I
am selling for £9.00 (plus p&p £2 in the UK)
and will sign if required.
Your website would seem to be an ideal place to notify
people about the history of Utility HF Radio Stations and I would
appreciate it if you could show one or more of the attached files.
A bit of background I was a technician working for
the BPO in the 1970s in the international service and worked
at Dorchester HF transmitting station, Bearley HF receiving station
and also Goonhilly satellite station. Many of the voice mirror
files, as you call them, are familiar to me and in fact I have
several recordings I am willing to pass to you for the website.
Although many were recorded using my Ham radio equipment, I have
some which were recorded using the official traffic receivers
and so are better quality. I also have a large collection of
Anyway I hope the book and the other information is of
interest and I look forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks and 73s,
Paul M Hawkins
Point to Point - A History of International Radio Telecommunications
during the Radio Years. ISBN 9781787196278 Paperback,
284 Pages. Published by New Generation Publishing in December
Paul Michael Hawkins MIET
Price & Availability
Available for online purchase from Amazon at £10.99, also
Waterstones and WH Smith.
Signed copies available from the author, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Book
In the whirlwind of the modern digital electronic revolution
the days of analogue electronics, when international telecommunications
was conducted in the absence of satellites or fibre optic cables,
are often forgotten if not un-imagined. Yet for a substantial
part of the 20th century this was the case, and the global telephone
and telegraph services were carried through the medium of long-wave
and short-wave radio.
Point to Point is about the part radio played in
the development of the international telecommunications network
during the 20th century. It tells the story, following the initial
work of Marconi, of how radio technology developed from crude
beginnings, into a reasonably sophisticated network, successfully
competing against the cable network but ultimately succumbing
to advances in satellite communications. Radio telecommunications
commenced with electrical spark technology and evolved into valve
based technology with some fairly complex designs later in the
1920s and 30s. Semi-conductors came late in the day
for point to point radio but were introduced into equipment designs
in the 1960s.
The book covers the growth of radio in the 1920s and 30s
and the introduction of long distance telephone, how the radio
stations coped with WW2. The book also has some social history
talking about the skills employed, working conditions for staff
and their wages. The penultimate chapter is autobiographical
with the author describing his life and training as an apprentice
at Dorchester radio station and then later as a technician at
Goonhilly satellite station in Cornwall and a shortwave receiving
station near Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire.
These radio systems were operated with minimal automation and
a high degree of human intervention, managing and overcoming
the limitations and difficulties of long distance radio propagation.
The relative efficiency of point to point radio and the cost
of replacement satellite installations resulted in radio playing
a part in international telecommunications up to the 1980s,
giving the author direct experience of this fascinating medium.
The book is not restricted to the activities of any one company
or organisation. It is about the overall system and covers activities
of a number of organisations including the Marconi Co. the British
Post Office, Cable & Wireless, and various overseas organisations,
including Bell/AT&T and RCA in the USA.
The story is presented in 14 Chapters, 5 appendices, including
an extensive bibliography, and an index.
1 Introduction 9
2 Long Wave Wireless Telegraphy 13
3 The Discovery of Short Waves 37
4 Development of the Short Wave Beam System 45
5 Radio Telephony - The Transatlantic Telephone 67
6 Development of Short Wave Radio Telephone 83
7 The Growth of Radio Telecommunications in the 1930s 93
8 Radio Telecommunications During World War Two 123
9 Post War Growth and Standardisation 1945 1960 143
10 Regulation, Business and Politics 161
11 New Technologies and New Threats 1957 1969 179
12 The Decline 195
13 Personal Experiences 207
14 Epilogue 239
A Record of Services Operated 245
B The UK Point to Point Radio Stations 259
C HF Point to Point Radio, System Diagrams 263
D Radio Telephone and Telegraph Modulation Systems 265
E Bibliography - List of Reference Books and Papers. 269
Research and material for this book has included:
Investigations into documents and materials held in various archives.
Access to numerous professional journals, books and publications,
all listed in a comprehensive bibliography.
Anecdotal information acquired from personnel employed by the
GPO and C&W.
The direct experience of the author during his employment with
the GPO and his knowledge of radio communications.
Paul has spent his whole career working in radio communications.
He joined the British Post Office International Telecommunication
service in 1967 working at Dorchester Radio Station, then Goonhilly
Satellite Station and finally Bearley HF receiving station. From
1980-83 he worked as an RF design engineer in the USA. Between
1983 and 2013 Paul worked for the Thales Company in England,
where as a Technical Specialist, he led the design of antennas
and communication systems for Submarines, Ships and Land Mobile
Vehicles. Paul retired from full time employment in 2014.
Radio and its history is a personal interest of Paul and he has
published a number of articles in the vintage wireless press,
a booklet and two conference papers for the IEE. He has also
given lectures to various groups about radio telecommunications
history, the most notable of these being at the IEE 100
Years of Wireless conference in 1995. In 2015 he gave a
lecture on the subject of Marconi Beam Wireless Stations
at a conference in Bologna Italy, in the presence of Princess
Elettra Marconi, the daughter of Guglielmo Marconi.