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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.
RN1 and RN2 Information Sought updated 3 September 2023 Steve Millin is a volunteer at the Nothe Fort Weymouth and is seeking information relating RN1 & RN2. Please see this forum posting for further details.
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.
BEREAVEMENTS updated 17 November 2023
Please Click herefor bereavement notices relating to former DTELS employees. Latest notice posted 17th November 2023:
Audrey Davidson - CO Marley Hill John F.A. Stokes - SWE Horseferry House Keith Harewood - WT Rochester Row Madhav ‘Beau’ Joglekar - TET Bishops Cleeve MU Ernie Yard - WT Marley Hill
About Us Historical information about the Directorate, its responsibilities, organisational structure, aims, objectives and principal customers
DTELS Forum Active member postings and notices covering a range of topics.
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Feedback A quick and convenient way to contact Steven Cole for all DTELS.Org site matters.
Image Library Photographs covering Directorate people, places and equipment. Mouse over image below to select required topic
Legal Contact and site legal details
Miscellaneous Miscellaneous topics, links to other sites, glossary etc
Publications 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
Post DTELS Events, reunions and related information
Site Map Links to every topic on this site
Webmaster 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.