Welcome to the
G4FTC Home Page
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Within these pages, I tried to collate information, which in the past I've found difficult to locate on the Internet or from traditional sources. I have also included a selection of photos which I have taken over the years which may be of interest to others. I have made no attempt to make a "pretty" website - but just simply to include as much info as I can.
I am gradually adding more info as time permits, so please check these pages from time to time.
Some of the pages may take a little time to download, but should be worth the wait!
Villa Griffone - The birthplace of Wireless. Possibly one of the most important locations in the history of wireless communications, for it was here where Marconi conducted his initial experiments with wireless. These webpages include photos of the Villa and Gardens, Marconi's Laboratory, the Museum, and Marconi's Mausoleum.
Decca Navigator Stations - on the "Chain Gang"! These pages should be of interest to "Lowfers" - those who enjoy in experimenting at the Low Frequency (LF) end of the spectrum. These pages give detailed descriptions of typical Decca Navigator Main Chain Stations and photos of the installation of what was probably one of the last Decca "Main Chains" ever to constructed.
Hints and Kinks - a wide variety of tips for home constructors including - Getting a line over a tree for an antenna; Drilling Copper; Machining PTFE (Teflon); Making a sturdy work bench; Sheet Metal fixings; Soldering Litz wire; Welding Aluminium etc.
How to become a Radio Amateur - circa 1934! Find out what you needed to "conduct Wireless Experiments" almost 70 years ago by reading an actual Post Office Fact Sheet published at that time - including the requirements imposed upon an "Artificial Aerial" licensee.
The Marconi Trans-Atlantic Centenary - 12th December 2001 marked the 100th anniversary of Marconi's successful attempt in sending the letter "S" from Poldhu Cove in Cornwall, England, to St John's in Newfoundland, Canada. These photos show some of the facilities to be seen at Poldhu, including the foundations for Marconi's original building, the Marconi Monument, and also pictures of the Spark Transmitter specially reconstructed and licensed to attempt to emulate the original transmission exactly 100 years to the minute.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to these pages.
I would appreciate any comments or corrections on the material contained within these pages. Please send me an E-mail - .
Last update 8 April 2016