Video from the Centenary Event  (100 plus years of wireless)
 
 
Although the weather stopped us reenacting the day in 1915 when Capt. J.M. Furnival heard the voice of  Major C E Prince, while flying above Brooklands, we decide we still had to repeat it, even if it was on the ground. It was an important day for Brooklands, The Royal Flying Corp and Furnival because he became the first person to hear a wireless transmission while in powered flight
 
Brooklands to Celebrate 100 years of Wireless on 20th June 2015
 
Brooklands Wireless Centenery
 
It has been decided to to celebrate over 100 years of 'Aviation Communication Firsts at Brooklands' on Saturday the 20th of June 2015. Full details can be found by following a link on the main page
 
More display space created for the Wireless Collection
 
Brooklands Wireless Collection
 
During the past couple of weeks, the team have built a second display "shelf" which has almost doubled the space available for exhibits - see the picture above (and click on it for a larger version). Our particular thanks to Ted Angiolini who did most of the work in getting the materials and carrying out the actual construction work.  We will shortly add the Exhibit Identification Labels.
 
Major Dowding confirms the dates of first Voice Tests

Dowding Letter about Brooklands
 
Painstaking research in the record archives at Kew have uncovered important communications from Major Dowding (Later Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding of Battle of Brittan fame), which narrows down the previously unknown date, that the first two way aerial voice communications took place at Brooklands. We can now say that by the week ending 26th June one way communications had taken place. As it has also been said that within a few days, both ways had been achieved, we can be reasonable sure it was in the last part of June 1915.       
 
John Pulford recreates the events of 12th of May 1912
 
Brooklands Wireless GB1BM
 
The wonderfully talented Brooklands Head of Collections John Pulford has produced this image of the world’s first successful two-way radio transmissions (using Morse code), made by Radio operator Mathieu with a Marconi receiver fitted in a Green-engined Flanders F3 monoplane, It depicts them flying over the Brooklands Race Circuit on the 12th May 9012.
 
local Radio Station interviews Peter Burton about the collection
 

Interest in the collection has spread to the point where a local Radio Broadcaster Brooklands Radio, asked us to give an interview on what we are doing. The interview and broadcast took place on the 7th of August and can be heard by Clicking Here 

More VIP's visit GB1BM




On the 3rd of August 2014 Peter Burton who was operating our Radio Station GB1BM, was surprised to see Lord Trefgarne arrive with HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Aviator Tracey Curtis-Taylor. It seemed Lord Trefgarne (a keen aviator himself) wanted to show his two fellow pilots some of the work we are doing to restore Brooklands place in the history of Aviation Communications.

They had all been guests at the Brooklands Museum Great War Centenary event, where many pre 1918 vehicles were allowed to parade and drive on the banking. The video recording of this visit and other events on the same day can be seen here  

T1154 and  R1155 restoration underway


Thursday the 24th of July was an historic day at Brooklands Museum.......

We succeeded in getting operational two items of World War Two radio equipment:

1> on our receiver model R1155 we successfully listened to the "BBC Home Service" on 909KHz (also known as 330m medium wave) using a short length of wire as an aerial.

2> flushed with this success, we then turned our attentions to our transmitter model T1154. After some hours sorting out a few faults and a broken valve, we managed to make the unit transmit a Morse signal on the 40m short wave band into a dummy load with a power of just over 50 watts.

The R1155/T1154 combination was used in many of the aircraft flown by Bomber Command throughout most of WW2 and well into the 1950s including the Wellington.

The history of the two items and when they were last used is unknown, but it is probable this is the first time in over 60 years that we have had this pair of radios working on site at Brooklands.

The next stage in development will be to install the equipment into the radio station currently on the balcony in the Stratosphere Chamber and arrange some "on-air" radio contacts.
 

The Mayor & Mayoress of Elmbridge with Peter Burton on opening day (13 march 2014)
A short clip of the aerial supports being erected on Thursday the 20th February  (Click To View)
 

The Permanent Special Event Amateur Radio Station GB1BM has made some test calls during January 2014 and although
contacts on 144-6 Mhz were difficult, many HF bands worked well, as did 70cms

 

Phase 2 of the display area is now complete, we have fitted some equipment and erected a G5RV antenna and a VHF / UHF Collinear
 

Phase 1 of the display area is now complete, now we can start on selecting the item to put on display