The History of Weston-super-Mare Radio Society
has a history of association with long distance communication.
In 1885 the Commercial Cable Company was granted permission to bring
ashore the first of their four telegraph cables “ for the purpose of
transmitting messages exchanged with
In 1897 Marconi demonstrated wireless communication between Lavernock
Point in South Wales and
The Weston-super-Mare Radio Society was founded at the inaugural meeting on Wednesday, 3rd January, 1923. The speaker at the meeting was Mr.O.J.Carpenter A.M.I.R.E. who spoke about the “little understood Heaviside Layer” and its importance in long distance transmission. He expressed surprise “at the amount of interference due to the improper use of local regenerative receiving apparatus” when listening in at Weston.
Although Cable & Wireless closed their transatlantic operations at
Weston in 1962, this was not the end of Weston’s association with cable
communications. On Wednesday, 22nd
June, 1988, the Radio Society operated a special station (GB0TAC) at Brean
when the last section of a transatlantic fibre optic cable was brought ashore
for Mercury Communications. This
cable was about to allow 1000’s of simultaneous telephone calls.
The 24-hour radio operation made 100’s of contacts world wide as well
as arranging for greetings messages to be passed between Mrs. Judy Allen,
Chairman of Brean Parish Council, Mayor MacInnes of Sea Girt and Mayor
Winterstella of Manasquan in
Some founder members of WSMRS 65th Anniversary DF Hunt