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  1. From an "Opportunities in Design Department" brochure c1981

  2. From the Department's Annual Report for 1980

  3. Some photographs from Transmission Section

  4. Some photographs from Radio Frequency Section (RF Section), taken in 1986

  5. Part of The Langham being demolished in about 1986

  6. New: Drawing Office in 1977

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From an "Opportunities in Design Department" brochure c1981:

Western House, London. Designs Department's main building.

Generation of animated Open University caption

Colin Foddering with a remotely controlled, programmable line equaliser for outside broadcasts

Videotape editing suite, using time code for synchronisation

Colin Spicer with equipment for measurement of television transmitter picture quality.

Printed circuit board manufacture

Part of Designs Department's Model Shop at Bentinck House

 

From the Department's Annual Report for 1980:

Gordon Parker, Aubrey Singer, Tim Shelton and David Reed with a Radio Studio Version of a new Disk Reproducer

Control & Indication Panel for MF transmitters.

Subtitling with a Palantype machine.

Light duty milling machine for small and intricate work

Audio Test Set for Outside Broadcasts

UHF Television transposer called "Silver Streak".

Television Waveform Analyser

Three service Band II transmitter power amplifier.

Ray Taylor with a videotape editing system.

 

Some photographs from Transmission Section (TS)
Pictures contributed by Rhys Lewis

As early as 1947, TS were involved with OB link and OB antenna design.

The insides of the 1955 modulator - video amplifier on the right and modulator on the left.

A 1955 design of an FM modulator (top) and PSU (bottom) for an OB link.

A design for OB link equipment from 1956 showing the trasnmitter, receiver and intercom/telephony equipment.

The OS/15 - an OB link Local Oscillator design from 1956.

Heading off to Snaefell (living up to its name) in 1958 to carry out some tests on OB link equipment.

The Snaefell reception site showing the dish antenna for the 600 MHz link equipment (or 600 Mcycle/s as they were known in those days!)

Stan Collier and John O'Clarey with a TV Re-broadcast receiver in 1961.

A 1964 OB vehicle being used to test some radio-link equipment.

Rhys Lewis with a demonstration of the 68 PAL equipment, 1984?

developed in conjunction with R&D and used to carry digital video pictures on BT's first 140Mbit/s link.

Roger Benfield using the department's first CAD equipment for PCB design. 1984?

Prior to this the layout of PCBs had involved large sheets of paper and lots of sticky black tape!

A comment from Roger on 29/12/04: "I hotly dispute the claim that we were still using large sheets of paper and black sticky tape. This was the middle 80s for god's sake and by then I had changed it to red tape only, I know that to be true as I am still finding bits of it stuck to my elbows".

 

Some photographs from Radio Frequency Section (RF Section), taken in 1986
Pictures contributed by John Sykes

Part of the RF Section laboratory, taken at a time when it had not been tidied up for visitors!

Carlton at work surrounded by spectrum analyser, environmental chamber, network analyser etc.

One of the first digital radio links can be seen in the foreground (676kbit/s Tamed FM modulation at 1.5GHz), used for BBC Radio programmes.

Martin Ellen and John Sykes in the RF Lab, in spirit!

 

Part of The Langham being demolished in about 1986
Pictures contributed by John Sykes

In 1981 Designs Department held a very successful exhibition in this building, which housed the BBC Club and various other facilities.

After refurbishment the building became the Langham Hotel London.



DD Drawing office in 1977

Drawing Office Training brochure