Wright's Aerials

Aerial photography - Ancient Gallery

I’ve included this as a reminder of the origins of our industry. In the 1920s and 1930s firms like Aerialite were selling copper wire, egg insulators (inset) and everything else needed for the wireless aerials of the time. Radio sets were relatively insensitive, transmitter powers were initially very low, and yet everyone craved a wireless set that would receive as many stations as possible. The answer was a massive aerial. This usually amounted to getting as much wire out as possible. Posts were erected on chimneystacks and at the ends of backyards, with copper wire festooned across the sky. The wooden post in the picture originally supported a very long aerial that ran across the main road to the house opposite. Later when man-made interference became more of problem vertical steel rods mounted on insulating bushes with screened downleads came into fashion.

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