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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 30th January 2021

Within living memory I suspect for many of us as a result of the global pandemic 2020 will be a year we look back on as having impacted in ways we could not have imagined on our daily lives and probably changed our outlook to what is important in life.

Hopefully, with the national roll-out of the Covid vaccine now gathering pace we will have some good reason to be more optimistic this year.

Whatever your circumstances as ever I wish you good health, happiness and fortune in the coming year and stay clear of the virus if possible!

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.

Jack Diaper recently found an updated list of Radio Amateurs compiled by Mike Watson dated June 1984.  I have amended the original list dated August 1980 that can be viewed here.

Recent addition to the Image Library gallery:


Sent in by Dave Wright, two drawings by Merlin Hickman WT from circa early 1990s who was based at Tavistock Sub-Depot.

... and Finally
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

updated 8 September 2021

Click here for bereavement notices relating to former DTELS employees.  Latest notice posted 8th September 2021:

Mark Atherton - Cranbrook (Funeral 24 Sept)
Pete Kearns - WT Bishops Cleeve (died 2016)
Olly Harris - SWT Chelmsford
Chris Cornell - Cheveley


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


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




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.

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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.


updated 28th March 2021

Please periodically check for new postings and replies on the forum.

DTELS Welcomes New Members to the Forum
David Roberts
Matt (G4RKY)

New Postings
Pye RTC Info Wanted
Ottercops Info Wanted

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