When broadcasting in the UK was
undertaken only by radio enthusiasts and a few manufacturers
a new craze was getting underway. People were encouraged to listen
in to virtually anything. This extended from time signals, spark
transmissions from ships, and radio telephone broadcasts to and
from aircraft. Gradually broadcasting organisations were established.
As usual Britain was slow to start. Maybe it's because British
politicians had no real grasp of anything technical? Certainly
this is the case nearly a century later when Britain is (still)
ruled by ex-members of university debating societies.
Below are advertisements published around
June 1922 when the mood of wireless enthusiasts was real exasperation.
When are politicians going to give us proper broadcasting like
Included in some advertisements you'll
find items of WW1 government surplus such as accumulators, headphones
and valve panels. Some manufacturers had been just starting to
mass produce wireless equipment for the war when suddenly in
November 1918, demand ceased with regular BBC broadcasting still
over four years away...
First, a couple of articles
giving the flavour of wireless in 1922.