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Old 14th Feb 2019, 10:10 am   #41
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I don't think the 'Drahtfunk' system was ever used in the British Isles...
Just on the GPO wire-broadcast system for the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation (ROC; Civil Defence) on 72kHz over certain subs' lines. WB1400 / WB1401 receivers for 'Attack Warning Red' messages, tests, etc... Not for use with a domestic radio though.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 10:46 am   #42
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Slightly OT, but, looking at old radio dials, such as the Philips 805A in post #30, makes me wonder where some of the places, such as 'Vigra', 'Wilna','Viipuri', & 'Baranovice' are. Almost certainly the latter is in Poland, and 'Wilna' might be 'Vilnius', but the others??
In 1939, both Wilno (now Vilnius) and Baranowicze were in Poland. Vilnius is now in Lithuania, of course, and Baranowicze is in Belarus. Both were regional stations of Polish Radio, whose main transmitter was at Raszyn, just south of Warsaw. I can see its later replacement (the original was destroyed in WWII) from my office window. These days it only broadcasts FM and DVB-T2, but it did have a long wave transmitter on 198kHz until some time in the 90s. That hasn't been used for a long time, which is fortunate for me because it means I can pick up Radio 4 on long wave!

Today's Polish Radio broadcast on 225kHz, which still matches up with the 'Warsaw' markings on many radio dials, comes from Solec Kujawski which is about 150 miles north west of Warsaw. That station replaced the ill-fated 'Warsaw Radio Mast' at Konstantynów, once the world's tallest structure. There's an excellent website about that transmitter, in Polish but readable via Google Translate, at:
http://www.rcnkonstantynow.pl/boveri/
I particularly like the Solartron CD1400 scope visible in the pictures. How on earth did that end up there?

It's interesting to see what's behind the markings on the radio dial.

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Old 14th Feb 2019, 4:39 pm   #43
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There's an excellent website about that transmitter, in Polish but readable via Google Translate, at:
http://www.rcnkonstantynow.pl/boveri/
I particularly like the Solartron CD1400 scope visible in the pictures. How on earth did that end up there?

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It's quiet evocative to see "BBC" emblazoned on that transmitter, although "Brown, Boveri & Cie" was around some considerable time before another BBC.

When I used to listen to the external service it was always "Polish Radio Warsaw", which sounded a bit odd in English. It's as if they do language syntax like they do mathematical notation.
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 9:21 am   #44
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Radio teleswitched control of Economy 7 is still in use, but I don't know how many installations remain in service; I have one. The system has the provision for other channels, though whether any others were ever used I don't know
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