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Extracts from the staff magazine Ariel:
(Found in a
second hand book shop and contributed by Tony Smith.)
by C. A. Lewis. 1924
It is an account of the very first year of the BBC, dedicated to J. C. W. Reith,
M. D. of the B.B.C. and the Preface is by Lord Gainford as first Chairman of the
B.B.C. C.A. Lewis was 'Organiser of Programmes'.
Broadcasting Aspects of Radio Wave
Propagation and Transmitter Network Planning at Frequencies above 30MHz.
H.E.Farrow and C.P.Bell
Propagation & Service planning
Seventy Years Before The Masts (Kindle book)
Here is a note
about the book in Prospero (the newspaper for retired BBC staff.)
Television Engineering Principles and Practice
S.W Amos, D.C. Birkinshaw, J.L. Bliss
publisher: Iliffe & Sons Ltd.
4 may be downloaded by clicking the links.
This book gives information on all aspects of the broadcasting chain used by the
BBC at the time.
On Air - A History of BBC Transmission
Was on sale via this we site.
It is now available for download.
Click link for more information.
Daventry Calling The World
This is a detailed account of a very important BBC transmitting
station. It tells the story of the site, the engineering systems
and the people involved. If you liked On Air, you will like this
author: Norman Tomalin
publisher: Caedmon of Whitby
isbn: 0905355 46 6
This table does not include download links. It is just a list of books
that are relevant to BBC Engineering.
The BBC "Hand Book" was first issued in 1928. By 1930, it became the BBC Year
Book and later it reverted to Handbook, as well as other titles. It was
published nearly every year through to 1997, with a review of the year's
programming, cultural and technical achievements.
The above link goes to a web site that contains PDF files of nearly every
issue. Martin Ellen has all of the files as well - just in case they
disappear from the American Radio History site.
Recommended by an ex-BBC engineer: "great book with loads of interesting photos.
Some references to early transmitters."
The book can be purchased via the above link.
A biography of P.P. Eckersley by his
son Myles Eckersley. It contains a lot of interesting material about the
background to early BBC engineering developments.
Publisher: Myles Books
Year: 1997, Revised 1998.
isbn: 0 9531625 0 8
2MT Writtle: the birth of
book describing events leading up to the start of the BBC, with
particular emphasis on transmitters and characters such as P.P.Eckersley.
WANDER T R
The BBC at Savoy Place
1923-1932: 2LO calling, the 1998 IEE Archives
Interesting pictures, but not much about transmitters.
author: SYMONS L (INSTITUTION OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS)
The Emergence of
Broadcasting in Britain
This is a very human account, from the dawn of radio to the attainment of a
Royal Charter in the late 1920s. It tells of the struggles and frustrations of
engineers in developing innovative equipment.
author: Brian A Hennessy
BBC Engineering 1922-1972
This is "The Bible"! It has 569 pages packed with
information about all aspects of BBC Engineering. Unfortunately the book
has been out of print for many years but sometimes it can be obtained from
libraries and second-hand bookshops such as
Kelly Books. Copies also sometimes appear on eBay.
author: Edward Pawley OBE, MSc(Eng),
C Eng, FIEE
publisher: BBC Publications. Year: 1972
isbn: 0 563 12127 0
Ascension in the Falklands War
An important piece in the jigsaw of the history of the Falklands War. It
includes a chapter by Norman Shacklady on the BBC's involvement. (Norman
is also joint editor of On Air.)
author: Captain Bob McQueen
publisher: Whittles Publishing
The early history of radio: from Faraday to Marconi.
book covering the period before the emergence of broadcasting. Useful for
learning about wireless developments right from the start.
author: GARRATT G R M
REYNOLDS P (MARCONI COMPANY LIMITED)
publisher: Marconi Co.
A history of the Marconi Company
publisher: Methuen & Co
The Marconi Company, jubilee
MARCONI'S WIRELESS TELEGRAPH COMPANY LTD
publisher: Marconi's Telegraph Wireless Company Limited
Marconi research and
MARCONI COMPANY LTD
The Marconi book of wireless.