British NCO served Royal Corps of Signals in GB and Germany and Royal Army Ordnance Corps in West Africa, 1949-1963; includes discussion of Wireless Set No.10
REEL 1 Aspects of period as NCO with Royal Corps of Signals in GB and Germany and Royal Army Ordnance Corps in West Africa, 1949-1963: family; childhood interest in electronics; details of HQVR Signal Regiment in Germany; exercises including problems with equipment; technician training received at Catterick; contact with Royal Electrical Mechanical and Engineers; operational procedures of No.10 Wireless Sets; problems with generators; setting-up of wireless stations; monitoring of equipment; opinion of switches; details and testing of valves; modifications to equipment; process of repairing equipment; exercises in Germany; make-up of No.10 Wireless Set operating group.
REEL 2 Continues: wireless sets used with Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Lagos; duties; memories of African troops; situation in Nigeria; return to GB; end of use of No.10 Wireless Set and details of replacement; discussion of transition from valves to solid state; dealing with damp; setting-up of radio trailer including details of generators.
Submarines played a key role in operations throughout the Cold War. Commodore Frederic Thompson, kept himself and his crewmates entertained, by creating ‘radio’ programmes, which were then broadcast over the submarine’s internal speakers.