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National HRO BBC Test Report

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National HRO BBC Test Report

Post by peter scott » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:02 pm


 
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Re: National HRO BBC Test Report

Post by turretslug » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:41 pm

Thanks for posting that, an interesting report that obviously took some time and effort to compile- but it does beg the question- just what was the BBC doing spending time on this sort of thing in 1945 ?! Had it escaped their attention that rather a lot of them had been used rather extensively in the preceding years (aka "World War 2") ? There would have been a wealth of knowledge and practical operating experience on them, and the very fact that they were selected for import by the ship-load implies that someone significant had already been through this rigmarole years earlier. Similarly with the Murphy A40C domestic receiver highlighted in "Radio and Audio"- even if the BBC wanted a "representative" domestic receiver to guide the studio/distribution/transmission practice side of things, this set is decidedly "posh" and "fancy" and hardly representative of the mainstream- I would be a bit more sympathetic if they had also appraised a "utility" set. There's just a hint of self-indulgence here.

We've all come to love and respect Auntie for what she's done and what she stands for (well, perhaps most of us) but every now and then there's a suggestion of an ivory tower mindset.

 
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Re: National HRO BBC Test Report

Post by peter scott » Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:41 pm

I do agree that it surprised me too that they should test a 10 year old communications receiver design but in fairness to them, they did assess quite a number of different receivers. These two were just ones that I have some experience of.

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Re: National HRO BBC Test Report

Post by Michael Watterson » Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:57 pm

Perhaps they wanted to get some S/H stuff to monitor WS transmissions or other Broadcasters.
New stuff good for BBC News Short Wave monitoring in UK or monitoring of WS abroad might have been in short supply?

 
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Re: National HRO BBC Test Report

Post by Michael Watterson » Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:39 pm

That's the thing I was thinking of. Forgot the name.


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