[AMRadio] Re: Artificial Aerial Licence

cemilton at aol.com cemilton at aol.com
Wed Apr 16 12:26:49 EDT 2008

 Good afternoon Roger and all................

Your brief comments about licencing and the BBC brought to mind the 
certification decals I've encountered on three of my early English 
Crystal Sets.  Each of the sets have not only the BBC decals, but the 
serial numbers are "stamped" into the wooden cabinets.  The sets were 
truly "licensed" and registered when purchased.  One of the crystal 
sets had a nice surprise tucked neatly inside.  It was a B.B.C.A.A. 
(British Broadcasting Corporation Assurance Association) Wireless 
Policy.  An insurance policy that provided limited coverage for damages 
incurred by lightning where an outside Aerial was deployed.  This 
particular policy was never completed by the owner and is intact.  No 
mention of the premium amount was given but it was for a period of six 
months.  Coverage was increased when a W.L.A. (Wavelength Lightning 
Arrestor) was installed at the same time as the aerial.  The address 
for the BBCAA was 825/826 Salisbury House, London Wall, E.C. 2

A small, but fine book on early British Wireless design is "The Cat's 
Whisker" by Jonathan Hill.  Some very nice photos and a nice anthology 
of wireless broadcasting in England.  It even has the history of the 
BBC stations beginning with London (2LO) on 361 metres and continuing 
through THIRD PROGRAMME on 460 metres in 1946.

Thanks, Roger, for sharing your comments..........definitely not boring.

Best 73 de W4MIL


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From: Roger Basford <roger at new-gate.co.uk>

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Subject: [AMRadio] Re: Artificial Aerial Licence




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> From: "D. Chester" <k4kyv at charter.net>

> Subject: [AMRadio] Re: Artificial Aerial Licence

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> I never could figure out why a licence was ever required to work a

> transmitter into a non-radiating load.


> Don k4kyv



> Hi Don and Co,

Well, what you have to remember is that after the introduction of radio 
the early part of the 20th Century Britain and the US went completely
separate ways with control and legislation. In the US, cable and radio
companies were private concerns, profit-making. In the UK, all
communications by cable and post were under the control of the General 
Office (GPO). When radio came along, the GPO took over the 
administration of
the new medium and issued licences to all services, including amateurs. 
whole ethos was of control, and not profit, from the outset, so it's 
suprising that the GPO required a licence to allow one to build and 
test a
transmitter, even into a dummy load.

Yes, there was a licence required for domestic radio reception; I can't
remember when it was revoked but certainly you needed one when I was a 
and also, at one time, a separate one for a car radio! You must 
that there were no large-scale commercial broadcasting in the UK until 
the 1970s; as a kid I listened to pop music on Radio Luxembourg on 208
metres, because the BBC stations didn't play pop in any quantity. The 
to change all this came about in the mid 60s, when a bunch of pirate
stations sprang up from ships and abandoned anti-aircraft forts off the 
coasts. These stations were a huge success and forced the BBC into 
a modern mass-appeal radio service. There is still a requirement to 
have a
licence for TVs here; if you buy a TV in the local mall, the law 
the seller to inform the authorities of your address. If no TV licence 
known at that address under your name, then expect postal harrassment 
and a
visit from the "Detector Van"! The licence is about $275/year and goes 
finance the BBC, even if you only watch non-BBC stations you still must 
a licence.

Having said all that, from a ham's point of view the situation has got 
easier in the 42 years I've been licenced. Things are lot more 
and sensible changes to regulations are generally made without too much 
and hassle. The UK radio spectrum management in now done by an outfit 
OFCOM, having passed from the GPO, through the Home Office and The
Radiocommunications Agency "in my time".

Hope this isn't too boring!!


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> Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 12:59:03 -0400

> From: "Ed Sieb" <esieb at sympatico.ca>

> Subject: RE: [AMRadio] Re: Artificial Aerial Licence

> To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"

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> Cc: Don Chester K4KYV <k4kyv at charter.net>

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> It's the UK Don.  _Everything_ is regulated there.


> Ed, VA3ES

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> Don k4kyv wrote:

> I never could figure out why a licence was ever required

> to work a transmitter into a non-radiating load.




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