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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 8th July 2020

What a year it has been so far! I hope all visitors to this web site have been able to avoid going stir crazy during lockdown and have avoided catching Covid-19. We certainly have been witnessing challenging times at home and abroad.  From my perspective the upside has been to complete a number of outstanding DIY projects at home much earlier than planned.  However, like everyone else now chomping at the bit to resume normal life ASAP.

Site Update
Please continue to send in any articles or memorabilia that relate to the Directorate.  Inevitably what exists that isn’t already on this web site by now is probably sparse, but do contact me if you unearth anything of interest.

Recent additions to Image Library galleries:

Weyhill MU;  35 photos taken during 1984-86 of social events held at the Maintenance Unit.
Romsley; photos from Alan Wood taken during the depot rebuild in 1986.
West Midlands Police; from Martin Swift photos and a short audio recording.
detailing a one-time two hour communication session on the 2 metre amateur band from the West Midlands Police site at Sedgley Beacon in 2006 using their 120 watt AM main transmitter prior to the analogue scheme switch-off.

... and Finally
As ever I wish you good health, happiness and fortune. Please continue to visit this site, particularly the forum to view new postings and see updates on this home page.

Steven ColeKind Regards

Steven Cole


New Visitor to this Site?
May I extend a big welcome to those of you who may be visiting this web site for the first time. If you not already aware, this site is dedicated to recording some of the history of the Directorate of Telecommunications.

As a public sector department within the Home Office for England and Wales, the Directorate was responsible for providing wireless communication support to Emergency Service users in the two countries.

Its origins go back to World War II (circa 1939) and grew over the years to become a major service provider to a wider range of Public Safety central and local government services. In 1991 it changed its name to DTELS and three years later became a private sector company following a trade sale to National Transcommunications Limited (ntl).

For more information about this web site, please click here.


Intercom Journals
Containing many interesting technical articles written by Directorate staff and other contributors during the 1970’s.

updated 25th July 2020

Click here for bereavement notices relating to former DTELS employees.  Latest notice posted 25th July 2020:

David Wood - WM Shapwick
Ken Staves - Grade 7 Bishops Cleeve
Derek Pooley - Grade 7 HQ
Ted Morgan - Midlands Area Director
Cedric Mills - WT Cheveley
Frank Clayforth - WT Marley Hill
Mark De La Mare - WT Billinge
Pat Tomlinson - CWE HQ



The next Annual General Meeting of the NTL Pension Association will be held on Saturday 10th October 2020 as a virtual online session and is open to all NTLPA members.

Details of the Zoom video call can be found by logging into the NTLPA website.

Nominations are required this year for Chairman, Secretary and Committee Member and if the association is to continue supporting members then you are encouraged to put your name forward by Sunday 4th October 2020.


About Us
Historical information about the Directorate, its responsibilities, organisational structure, aims, objectives and principal customers

Active member postings and notices.  For new registrations please follow instructions as set out in the feedback page.

A quick and convenient way to contact
Steven Cole for all DTELS.Org site matters.

Click this link for the feedback form

Image Library
Photographs covering Directorate people, places and equipment. Mouse over image below to select required topic

Image Library TopicsHeadquartersDepotsFire ServiceMaintenance UnitsOutstationsPolice ServiceEquipmentAntenna & Sites

Contact and site legal details

Miscellaneous topics, links to other sites, glossary etc


Library of Directorate publications giving an insight to the function and breadth of the organisation

Personal Recollections
Personal memories contributed by individuals who either worked for, or had contact with, the Directorate

Events, reunions and related information

Site Map
Links to every topic on this site

Background information

Articles for Publishing
As ever I welcome DTELS related articles for publishing on this site. In particular personal recollection articles as I know many of you have enjoyed these trips down memory lane

So please do your bit to record some history and send your articles by email to the address given on the feedback page.

Please periodically check for new postings and replies on the forum

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