VMARS Activity - video and sound recordings
Click on the picture to listen to the 70th anniversay D-Day commemorative 80m AM net run by VMARS on 6th June 2014. Stations were requested to come on air with vintage military wireless equipment that was in use at the time and to give some background information.
Click here to listen to the VMARS 40m net 6th June 2014
Click here to listen to the VMARS 60m net 6th June 2014
VMARS social and auction event held at Baginton, Coventry 26th October 2013
VMARS at Bletchley Park "Are You Listening?"
4th and 5th October 2013
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VMARS at the National Hamfest
on 27th and 28th September 2013
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VMARS at Wartime in the Vale June 22nd & 23rd 2013 - 30 minute video of the event. Includes footage of the VMARS Saturday AM Net (Ron Swinburne, M0WSN)
VMARS Auction Sale 6 short video's of auctioneering action at Baginton on 7 September 2013
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VMARS Auction Sale 8 short video's of auctioneering action at Baginton on 27 April 2013
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VMARS AGM Elvington 6th July 2013 Produced by Ron Swinburne, M0WSN
VMARS at Bletchley Park 1hr video of the VMARS 2010 AGM. Produced by Ron Swinburne,M0WSN.
VMARS Saturday Net Joe Bell, G4PMY, working the VMARS Saturday net from his Russian Zil communications truck
on 3rd May 2008
VMARS at Worthing 6 minute nostalgic look back at VMARS visit to Worthing in 2004 (Ron Swinburne, M0WSN)
SIGNAL & News Sheet related film and audio
The Lorenz Tape Recorder - SIGNAL November 2015 issue 37. Audio from BBC news broadcast circa 1968
Vintage & AM Interest
The Tale of the Amplion Loud-Speaker
A wonderful "must see" 20 minute film featuring the late Frank Marshall, G2XQ, reminiscing about the early days of amateur radio and his discovery of a unique 1920's Heath-Robinson advertising cartoon film made for Amplion loud-speakers. Frank was a regular on the daily morning AM net on 3615KHz, where he was a noted raconteur, as this film will testify.
The Orkney Wireless Museum
A short 4 minute video of the museum to the musical strains of Glenn Miller & his Band
47 mins. A 1994 BBC Arena production about Amateur Radio, followed by a couple of shorts, including Gerry Wells, founder of the famous Vintage Wireless Museum, describing his early years of obsession with wireless and his time spent in an Approved School after he was caught pinching a coveted wireless set from the local radio shop.The Home Office featured his case in a public information film about Approved Schools and some extracts from that film are included.
Pathe Film Clips
Nostalgic short news film clips from British Pathe News team. Many commentated by the irripressable Bob Danvers-Walker and most aimed at boosting morale. Today's news reporting is dreary by comparison.
Pirate Radio Afloat
- 1964 News clip about Radio Caroline
- 1965 One year on, Radio Caroline is going strong, but this 5 minute short takes a while to get there
1960 Short item about the Cavendish Radio Telescope at Cambridge
RAF Mountain Rescue
1950 3 minute film about the team at RAF St Athan
1945 3 minute film about how TIM (speaking clock) worked before the advent of the Atomic Clock. A National HRO receiver plays a part.
- 1942 explanation by Danvers-Walker of how a valve works
1947 Remember the Radio Show as it was called when it moved to Earls Court? It ended in 1966.
1944 Ministry of Information cartoon about saving fuel
1948 news short about sendinding photographs by radio
Royal Corps of Signals
1949 recruitment advertisement
1959 short news film about a very wealthy radio amateur in Poole
1959 story about assistance by radio in Accra
1957 short clip of amateur radio in rescue efforts - about halfway through
Royal Signal Corps Morse training
1940 no audio but worth a look
Fall in and Fly
1940 upbeat short about RAF aircrew training
Royal Signals leave boat
1942 no radio but Nobby and Ginger enjoy leave in Cairo. Not the Cairo that I heard about though!
Royal Signals in the Middle East
1942 Signals operations in the desert. Stirring stuff.
Boys in Blue
1931 posh commentry over short film on Royal Navy signal flag training. Note the blue and white flags.How?
Gels in Blue
1950 short news film about WRNS training
Have You Paid Your Wireless Licence?
1950 Quirky public information cartoon
Is it worth it?
1950 Another film urging you to buy a radio licence
Earth Satellite Station
1969 New earth station set up in Hong Kong
RAF Daylight Raid
1942 Amazing news coverage of a raid on the Philips radio factory at Eindoven with Bob Danvers Walker commentary and the RAF March overdubbed. Wave the Union flag.
The Army's Navy
1942 news report on vessels used by the army. Worth watching if only to see the RN ship's captain looking down his nose at his Army counterpart.
RAF Air Classroom
1935 A report on training RAF Wireless Operator/Mechanics. 3 Years?
1954 Pretty girl with a mobile receiver on her bike. Eamon Andrews enthuses.
1950 Control of country buses using a radio command vehicle in a period when country walkers wore suits and ties.
The Wheels Go Around - By radio
1949 "Your message received and understood - over" - George the train driver.
German Spy Set
1940 news of a spy set taken from captured German spies in England
The Great War
- A commemoration of the WWI Centenary
The Porthcurno Cable Station
- BBC 15 minute broadcast about the Great War undersea cable wars
Admiralty Room 40
Intercepting secret communications in WWI. The Long View - 30 mins BBC radio broadcast comparing intercepts from 100 years ago to those made today
A superb 1964 BBC 26 Part Documentary charting the origins and progress of WWI. Narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave
The Great War - Episode 1
- "On The Idle Hill Of Summer"
The Great War - Episode 2
- "For Such A Stupid Reason Too"
The Great War - Episode 3
- "We Must Hack Our Way Through"
The Great War - Episode 4
- "Our Hats We Doff To General Joffre"
The Great War - Episode 5
- "This Business May Last A Long Time"
The Great War - Episode 6
- "So Sleep Easy In Your Beds"
The Great War - Episode 7
- "We Await The Heavenly Manna..."
The Great War - Episode 8
- "Why Don't You Come And Help"
The Great War - Episode 9
- "Please God Bring Us Victory"
The Great War - Episode 10
- "What Are Our Allies Doing?"
The Great War - Episode 11
- "Hell Cannot Be So Terrible"
The Great War - Episode 12
- "For Gawds Sake Don't Send Me"
The Great War - Episode 13
- "The Devil Is Coming...."
The Great War - Episode 14
- "All This It Is Our Duty To Bear"
The Great War - Episode 15
- "We Are Betrayed, Sold, Lost"
The Great War - Episode 16
- "Right Is More Precious Than Peace"
The Great War - Episode 17
- "Surely We Have Perished"
The Great War - Episode 18
- "Fat Rodzianko Has Sent Me Some Nonsense"
The Great War - Episode 19
- "The Hell Where Youth And Laughter Go"
The Great War - Episode 20
- "Only War, Nothing But War"
The Great War - Episode 21
- "It Was Like The End Of The World"
The Great War - Episode 22
- "Damn Them, Are They Never Coming In?"
The Great War - Episode 23
- "When Must The End Be?"
The Great War - Episode 24
- "Allah Made Mesopotamia, - And Added Flies Too"
The Great War - Episode 25
- "The Iron Thrones Are Falling"
The Great War - Episode 26
- "....And We Were Young"
WWII Electronic & Countermeasures Warfare
**New Malvern 1 7min 38secs. Some wonderful colour film footage taken at TRE Malvern on July 19th 1944 during a visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Included are views of the "latest" 10cm airborne radar and names and faces of people like "Dr Lovell" - later Sir Bernard and Mr Rowe - AP Rowe, both giants in the development of radar.
**New Malvern 2 3min 29secs. series of photgraphs of personalities at TRE Malvern during WWII. Obviously for internal consumption at the time, so unfortunately not identified
**New Worth Matravers 24 min. A film about the radar development work carried out at this coastal Dorset location near Swanage until its relocation in 1942 to Malvern as a measure to avoid having secret radar equipment stolen by German parachutists, as the British had just done from the German coastal radar station at Bruneval, near Le Havre. (For details go to this link) Includes training films for Chain Home radar operators and an explanation of how Rebecca - Eureka homing beacons work.
- great picture of a Lancaster dropping Window
Radar Jamming 8 min. US Signal Corps training film
on how to deal with radar jamming by the enemy
Battle of the Beams
Part 1/5 Fascinating 1970's BBC documentary of countermeasures to the German Knickerbein, X-Gerät
and Wotan beams used by the Luftwaffe as navigational aids for bombing Britain in WWII. The legendary head of electronic warfare, Professor RV Jones, features.
Battle of the Beams
Part 2/5 Selecting Part 1/5 should automatically scroll through all five parts.
Battle of the Beams
Battle of the Beams
Battle of the Beams Part 5/5
Alexandra Palace beam jamming
Two and a half minute short about Alexandra Palace's role in jamming the German beams
The Bruneval Raid
24 minutes. An interesting documentary with the technical background, planning and execution of the first British Paratroop Commando raid which was mounted to remove the German Wurtzburg radar station at Bruneval and return it to England for technical analysis. Professor RV Jones once more at the forefront.
The Men Who Invented Radar 23 min. Very good documentary on the British view of the invention of radar.
RDF (Radar) information Film Wartime classified "Highly Secret" short introduction to RDF Air Interception. This is a short extract from a longer aircrew training film
The Secret Listeners
BBC-30 mins. The late Rene Cutforth presents the story of how radio amateurs became listeners of enemy transmissions to gather intelligence in both World Wars and reveals, for the first time, what they were actually listeneing to.
Oral History of British Science
Richard Brett-Knowles, G3AAT, interviewed in 2012 for the British Library collection. Brett-Knowles was a member of the team who developed radar at TRE Malvern in WWII. These informative and interesting insights total 15 hours of recording.
Over the Horizon Radar
4 mins. A brief film explaining the concept of Over The Horizon Backscatter Radar
Rebecca and Eureka
homing system, 30 mins. An Air Ministry film about the use of the equipment. Imperial War Museum