People and Places Photos

The photograph to the right (courtesy of Tom Withers) was taken at the R.S.G.B. International Radio and Communications Exhibition held at the Seymour Hall in London during October 1966.

 

TW Electronics were exhibiting their new Phase II transverter which, when driven from a suitable source, (e.g a transceiver operating on 28-30MHz or even a separate transmitter/receiver combination) provided 180w SSB (input) on two metres.

 

The TW Electronics stand was visited by the Society's Patron H.R.H Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG (who had opened the exhibition) and he can be seen in the photograph talking to Tom Withers.

R.S.G.B. Exhibition 1966
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Exhibition 1967.jpg

The photograph above (with Tom ‘centre stage’  was taken at the R.S.G.B. Radio Engineering and Communications Exhibition held at the Royal Horticultural Society's New Hall, Victoria, London. The main exhibits on display are the TW Communicator and the (then) newly launched TW Phase II transverter and matching power supply.

 

At the front left of the display you can see a KW 2000A transceiver being used to drive a Phase II transverter, which in turn is connected to a USAF oil filled dummy load/wattmeter. Tom says that he actually obtained the KW transceiver in a direct swap for a TW Communicator and that he continued to use it for may years afterwards.

 

Also clearly on display in the front corner are the two plaques that TW won at previous exhibitions.

R.S.G.B. Exhibition 1967
Unknown Convention.jpg

The photograph left (courtesy of Tom Withers) was taken at a VHF convention in London and shows what appears to be a TW2-120 transmitter (with the lid open) with a TW2 (without its case) in the foreground.

 

The photograph was taken by Tom and sent to Practical Wireless for publication, but was not actually used. Tom's proposed caption was ' Gawd, how do they do it for the money'.

 

Can anyone identify the gentleman viewing the transmitter ?

VHF Convention - Year unknown
TW Electronics 1958-1966 - Moving out day
Moving Out Day.jpg

The photograph above (courtesy of Tom Withers) show the first TW ‘works’ located in Gilbert Street, Waltham Cross, the picture having been taken on ‘moving out day’ (Tom’s Austin Princess Vanden Plas in the foreground). According to Tom, the building was a wooden shed with internal walls being lined with plywood finished in a ‘delicate primrose emulsion’ (more details on the ‘History’ page).


The door had been utilised for sampling a trial black paint spray and the mast was made from Dexion. The whole area has since been re-developed but the Post Office (and the pub) is still there.

Original works building.jpg

The photograph  above (taken at the same time as the first photo) is another view of the  TW ‘works’ located in Gilbert Street, Waltham Cross.

TW Electronics Works - 1967?
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The photograph to the left (courtesy of Tom Withers) appeared in a local newspaper (precise date unknown but 196?)

 

The original caption that went with the photograph read :-

 

"Part of the assembly line at TW Electronics, Bury St Edmunds. The firm hopes to double its workforce."

 

It is not clear what was being assembled at the time that the photograph was taken.

TW Electronics Works - 196?
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Works 1988.jpg

The works photograph to the left (courtesy of Tom Withers) was taken at the last TW Electronics works in Bury St Edmunds.

 

The picture was taken in around 1988 and shows prepared and wired heatsinks for Thurlby Thandar PL320 Laboratory Power Supplies.

TW Electronics Works - 1988
TW Communicator 4 Talk in station.jpg

The photo to the left shows a 4m TW Communicator being used for ‘talk in’ at a radio rally in 1968.


The operator is believed to be G3PGJ but I have not been able to confirm this following my attempts at Emailing.


I came across this photo when I was looking back through the archives on the Waters and Stanton Blog  (http://blog.wsplc.com) and got to August 11 2013.


I believe the photo appeared in a limited edition RSGB publication called”The First 100 Years of Amateur Radio”, copies of which are no longer available.


As Peter Waters G3OJV commented, no one would even think of putting on a 4m talk in station at a rally now - let alone actually do it.

Saltash Mobile Rally 1968