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Sounds Like Plessey

To specify Plessey loudspeakers is to ensure outstanding reliability. So, 55 years ago, ran an ad in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 26th 1961. The ad continued: Careful design, up-to- date manufacturing methods and stringent tests together provide a service unsurpassed in the industry. Outstanding features of the latest types include a choice of motor units giving three alternative values ...

Learn A Language In Four Weeks

Problems, and how men have solved them, are always of great interest. So, 55 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 26th 1961 The story continues: Last week I met Mr P.R.Chorley manager of Shell International Petroleum Co Ltd, St Swithin’s Training Centre. His problem was how to teach conversational Indonesian to a group of Shell ...

New Wire In Magnetic Field Tests

Bell Laboratories research scientists have used a specially formulated wire, manufactured from niobium and tin, to demonstrate the feasibility of very high-strength magnetic fields in the superconducting region. So, 55 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 12th 1961 The possibility of this has been realised for many years but the materials used so far have ...

Radioactive Waste Converted Into Glass

A method of storing highly radioactive waste by converting it into an insoluble glass-like solid has been announced by the UKAEA. So, 55 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 12th 1961 Development work is being done by scientists and engineers of the Chemical Engineering Division at the Harwell Research Establishment. A pilot plant to handle ...

Pocket Radios Will Soon be As Common As Wrist-Watches

Your correspondent A. R. Hobden, who alleges that “there is now a large section of the population unable to receive medium -wave transmissions which the local stations are intending using during daylight hours,” need not worry, for pocket medium-wave receivers will soon be as common as wrist watches.” So, 55 years ago started a letter in Electronics Weekly’s edition of ...

Singin’ In The Rain

An umbrella with a one transistor radio built inside the shaft has been developed by the Maruko Industrial Company of Nihonbashi Chuo-ku, Tokyo. So, 55 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of March 22nd 1961 The story continues: The radio operates on a three volt dry battery and uses the umbrella shaft and ribs as an aerial. ...

Practical Use For Lasers Found

The first-known practical application of lasers has now been announced by Hughes Aircraft in Culver City, US. So, 55 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of March 22nd 1961. The story continues: An experimental radar system weighing about 25 to 30lbs and named Colidar (coherent light detection and ranging) has been built. It is a pulsed system ...

Britain Leads World In New Phase Of Aircraft Operation

The British autoland programme is now taking shape. Electronics companies have some orders – equipment is being manufactured, target dates have been given. Britain is now in an unchallenged position as leader in this important new phase of aircraft operation. So, 56 years ago, started a story in EW’s edition of September 14th 1960. The story continues: Complete automatic landing ...

Keeping The Birds At Bay

  Worldwide interest has been created by the airfield bird dispersal  system “Sappho,” being developed by The Trix Electrical Co.Ltd  in collaboration with the Ministry of Aviation. The system utilizes specially recorded bird alarm and  distress calls. So, 56 years ago, started a story in EW’s edition of September 14th 1960 The story continues: Recordings of about twelve different birds ...

4,000 Successful Automatic Plane Landings Using BLEU

“Development is well in hand on autoland systems,” Dr B .J. O’Kane, chairman of the Aviation Committee of the Electronic Engineering Association, said at a press conference at Farnborough, “the autoflare system represents the first step. The fail-safe philosophies vary according to the firm undertaking the work.” So, 56 years ago, started a story in EW’s edition of September 14th ...