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We are the 'Chelmsford Calling Network' - an enthusiast organization & somewhat grand title for yours truly Jim Salmon, friends & colleagues.
Previous projects include a number of local RSL's (short term limited coverage radio broadcasts) under the station name of 'Chelmsford Calling' with our unique radio programmes playing vintage music & comedy for the 'mature listener'.
Between July 2001 & February 2007 we carried out 4 successful broadcasts & a short lived community radio service. Chelmsford Calling then disappeared for some time - as all good things do !
We then entered the world of radio experimentation with amateur 'ham' radio, & as members of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society have transmitted from an unusual wooden hut in Sandford Mill Museum - a hut with a curious history...
In 2014 & 2015 we produced the 'Chelmsford Calling World Service', a monthly one hour information & music programme broadcast on various outlets including short wave relay transmitters across America & Europe; an enjoyable return to broadcasting !
For some strange reason the history of the hut, & moreso the people who worked therein, has become intriguing. We were briefly aware of the '2MT' story over the years & recent research has raised our interest & curiosity, leaving us with an unusual idea.
In 1922 the team working at Writtle in a cold wooden hut in a sometimes waterlogged field appear to have been a fascinating group of enthusiastic, cheerful, high spirited, irreverent, young & very clever individuals. Not only did they go on to play major roles in the BBC & with Marconi, but they also - perhaps unintentionally - created the UK's first regular broadcast wireless station !
So here is our unusual idea... How about paying tribute to those Writtle hut pioneers with a radio project which revives the spirit of 2MT, & at the same time rekindles & brings to a new generation their passion for radio experimentation ?
We'll keep you posted on any progress... Stay tuned...!
Here's a taste of one of our Chelmsford Calling broadcasts - reported on Anglia News
For further details of our radio activities visit our Chelmsford Calling Network / Chelmsford Calling World Service pages. Click on the logos below...
''I have chosen to think that ideas are more important than organizations, and, if that has been, as some might think, my mistake, it has nevertheless been my inspiration.''
Peter Eckersley - The Power Behind The Microphone