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Attention radio boffins: hankering for a look at some vivacious valves? Have some ideas on what "could have been" had Britain gotten its hands on certain broadcasting tech just THAT much sooner? There's a wireless heritage special interest group at Cambridge Wireless with plenty of hot models to ponder from the past "100 years …

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Building radio networks underground?

Or building underground radio networks - as in covert, rather than covered in earth.

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Spectrum allocations seem awkward.

By far the spectrum that has given the greatest public good is the low-power unlicensed bands. There's a good argument to be made for expanding those to ease congestion. But it's not going to happen, because there is less money to be made there.

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Valve porn

Bring it on!!

Seriously, advances in high frequency valve technology played an important role in winning WWII, and since this is about as technical as it gets, and there is a high chance of good valve pr0n in it, PLEASE (with sugar on top) thereg bring us an article!

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Big valves

Come on Reg, you can't do an article like this without some piccys of valves glowing away nicely.

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Wireless and Radio.

see the Radio Museum

Unfortunately Regulators like Ofcom & Comreg, Set makers and even the Broadcasters (esp. ones like BBC & RTE with DAB) are trying to kill Radio.

Digital TV is a good idea and reasonably implemented. Inherently ANY digital Radio system is a poorer User Interface than AM or FM. User Power consumption, Mobile/Portable coverage issues etc. DAB isn't the real problem, though not enough transmitters, only suits National Broadcasters and needs twice as many Mux to have decent bitrate.

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Valve Porn?

Look at those little beauties... 4CX350B's, we'll soon 'ave the watts throbbing through you!!

Where's the Hancock Angle icon for this? Well we'll have a beer then!

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