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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 17 August 2023


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

BCMU/Romsley Cricket 1970
Tony Ketteringham has sent me his collection of 34 photos taken at a cricket match between Bishops Cleeve MU and Romsley Depot held in May 1970 together with supporting text.  They can be viewed here.

... and Finally
Please continue to visit this site, particularly the forum to view new postings and see updates on this home page.

Wishing you all the best for 2023 and hope you have a healthy and enjoyable year.

Steven ColeKind Regards

Steven Cole



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


Radio Test Area
updated 17 August 2023

Earlier this week Peter Bridgeman sent me an article he had written recording the setting up of a Radio Test Area from 1975 onwards within the Directorate to carry out specialist research.

Previously, this had been done on operational schemes but there had been a clear and growing need for a dedicated Radio Trials or Test Area for the purposes of conducting investigations and trials without the need of disturbing operational schemes.  You can read this article in the Personal Recollections section.

If anyone else would like to contribute an article for this website please contact the webmaster.


updated 16th March 2024

Click here for bereavement notices relating to former DTELS employees.  Latest notice posted 16th March 2024:

Barry Hodgson - SWT Romsley
Roy Hodgkinson MBE - RWE Bridgend
George Watson - SWT Marley Hill
Michael Leach - Eastern Sales Executive
Audrey Davidson - CO Marley Hill
John F.A. Stokes - SWE Horseferry House


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

Active member postings and notices covering a range of topics.

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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.

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