Weston-super-Mare and District Radio Society
This newly formed Society held its first semi-open meeting at the Church Institute on Wednesday, January 3rd, when Mr. O.J.Carpenter, A.M.I.R.E., delivered the inaugural lecture, Mr. F.W.Shearmur, Chairman, presiding.
The lecturer’s object was to set forth some of the chief phenomena associated with the transmission and reception of wireless signals. Introducing the subject with a few remarks on the ether, Mr. Carpenter proceeded to deal with the transmission of signals through this medium, emphasising the importance of the little-understood Heaviside layer in transmission over long distances. Mr. Carpenter then dealt with Dr. Fleming’s invention of the two-electrode thermionic valve, and its revolutionising development, the three-electrode valve.
He had been surprised, when listening-in at Weston stations, at the amount of interference due to the improper use of local regenerative receiving apparatus, and he hoped that the formation of the Society would lead to the acquirement of knowledge which would check this evil.
Dealing with short-wave reception, Mr. Carpenter paid tribute to the experimental work which had been carried out by Mr J. P. Gorton, a local resident.
The lecture was concluded with explanatory comments on a number of limelight illustrations depicting the great Marconi stations and many types of apparatus.
At the close a vote of thanks was accorded the lecturer and Mr. W. Tucker, who had supplied and operated the limelight apparatus.
The list of officers of the new Society is as follows: - President, Mr. J. E. Norman, J.P.; Chairman, Mr. F. W. Shearmur; Hon. Secretary, Mr. J. P. Gorton; Asst. Hon. Secretary, Mr. S. Tucker; Hon. Treasurer, Mr. R. S. Wort.
Hon. Secretary, Mr. J. P. Gorton