Colour photograph of a Navy ‘Wasp’ helicopter taking off from the Decca HIFIX caravan at Aird, Cornaigmore, in 1970. HIFIX stations were located at several spots in the Hebrides for relaying messages to/from survey vessels at sea, which were recording the topography of the ocean floor. The Navy had sent personnel ashore by helicopter to lay a cable from the mains electricity suppy to the caravan, in response to a complaint by the occupier of the house, Mr A Campbell, about the noise made by the caravan’s generator.
Ham radio aerial 1930-1950s. Metal hook atop a wooden pole.
Memoirs of Alistair MacNeill, Hynish, ‘Wireless in my Life’ which recall his enjoyment of, and involvement in, wireless radio from his childhood in Hynish in 1941 to presenting a live broadcast from the Emirates Arena Glasgow during the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
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Newspaper article about the building of wireless telegraphy stations in Argyll, published in the Edinburgh Evening News, in 1906. The Tiree station was established at the foot of Ben Hough.
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Single page from An Gaidheal magazine with a timetable of radio broadcasts in Gaelic for June 1938.
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Memories of wireless on Tiree 1941-1954
Written memories of the wireless radio as heard on Tiree during 1941-1954 by Alistair MacNeill of Hynish, who went on to become a presenter for Radio nan Gael in 2014.
Lead and acid accumulator `battery` used in the 1940s
Lead-acid 2V accumulator made by the Chloride Electrical Storage Company around 1940-1950. Two lead plates submerged in sulphuric acid (no longer present) within a glass box with carrying handle. The accumulator would be charged every week and used for powering radio sets (heated the valves).