If any of the readers ever wondered what we were doing in the back foyer by the lifts, this was a crucial part. With aerials strung from the roof, members of the Ariel Radio Group would talk to the world (and Selly Oak) with the intention of involving others in the event.
Within Amateur Radio, special events can be commemorated by unique and short term individual Call Signs and GB0CIN was one such. The picture is the front of a commemorative post card called a QSL Card. These provided the person contacted with a connection to the event and were very popular!
If anyone involved in “On the House” can remember back that far, several years running the security lights added to the structure as part of the D.I.Y. second series mysteriously failed on over a weekend in late autumn: I can now reveal that it was my fault! Morse transmissions made via an overhead temporary aerial were the reason and I heard a rumour at the time, that the manufacturers came and could never trace the reason why a relay should have welded itself up in the on position! We had removed the aerials over the weekend and when the investigation took place, no evidence of cause remained.
The following comments were posted on the Pebble Mill Facebook Group:
Peter Poole: ‘I was introduced to the joys of amateur radio by one of the Technical Managers. I think it was Bob , can’t remember his surname. Anyone remember him?’
Giles Herbert: ‘Bob Stacey no relation to Gavin I hazard to guess! It could have been George too as both are licensed.’