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One of the lesser known aspects of communications work undertaken by the Directorate was to provide maintenance and engineering support to Radiac (Radioactivity, Detection, Indication, and Computation) users.
In February 2008, Alan Wood kindly sent me papers describing the work and responsibilities of the Radiac Section, written in 1989, at a time when DTELS was being prepared for the commercial world and the future scale of its traditional Radiac work was uncertain because of the reduction in east/west international tension.
He also included some relevant comments in his e-mails as set out below:
From Alan Wood 19/02/2008
“On taking up the post of SPTO at the Midland Region Office in 1989 I assumed management responsibility for the Radiac Section and was Ken Stepney's reporting officer, who at the time was Senior Radiogical Protection Officer for DTELS.
Ken's replacement, when he retired, was Mick Haddon, who is pictured standing immediately to the left of Ken in his retirement photo on the DTELS website.
One of my early tasks was to write a user requirement on behalf of UKWMO and go out to tender for the upgrading of the AWDREY system. The project was completed at a time when arrangements for warning and monitoring were under review and it is a pity that within a year the new equipment had become redundant.
I have written a short note describing AWDREY which appears elsewhere on this page.
A complete AWDREY system has been acquired by a group of enthusiasts at RGHQ Shipton, whose aim is to set up a working museum. They have collected most of the radio and line equipment installed at RGHQ's over the years including a Mitel SX2000 digital PABX, RN2 & 4 equipment and even a D11 last ditch HF rig. Unfortunately the site is not open to the public”.
Alan Wood for the documents appearing in this gallery, his AWDREY article and e-mail comments included in the introduction . The documents are Crown Copyright
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