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The Spies at Gilnahirk The Spies at Gilnahirk
By George Busby, G

Whilst many know about Bletchley Park's role in WWII breaking the Enigma codes, fewer know the hugely important role of the Y service and the many radio amateurs involved in the collection of signals in WWII. This book focuses on the Y service station in Gilnahirk in Northern Ireland and sets out the story of those radio amateurs involved and why Gilnahirk was such an important centre in the Y service operations.

Many who know about the Y Service will know that in WWII many RSGB members became 'Voluntary Interceptors' who collected German signals at home and posted these logs to the mysterious PO Box 25, Barnet, London. For those in Northern Ireland Gilnahirk was the final destination of PO Box 25 which collated the amateur logs along with the logs from the larger military 'Y' listening station, before they were telexed to the codebreakers at Bletchley Park. These operations were carried out here were of the upmost secrecy and its work carried on well beyond WWII despite the closure of Bletchley Park. The unpretentious buildings largely attracted little attention despite a burst of press attention in 1951 when the Ministry of Finance tendered for the construction of a radio station but refused to comment on who it was for. Working in utter secrecy until its eventual closure in 1978, the Gilanhirk site was heavily involved in collecting signals during the Cold war.

The Spies at Gilnahirk provides a fascinating insight into the activities of the Radio Security Service and this little known site at the core of the Enigma story. Recommended reading for anyone interested in WWII codebreaking and the Enigma story.

Size: 215 x 205mm, 144 pages
ISBN: 9781 9106 5708 9


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Cold War Counterfeit Spies Cold War Counterfeit Spies
Tales of Espionage - Genuine or Bogus?
By Nigel West

Throughout the Cold War and beyond, publishers have produced countless stories of espionage, treachery and deception. What Nigel West has discovered is that many were in fact the stories themselves. In this remarkable investigation into the claims of many who portrayed themselves as key players in clandestine operations, the author has exposed a catalogue of misrepresentations and falsehoods. Did Greville Wynne really exfiltrate a GRU defector from Odessa? Was the frogman Buster Crabb abducted during a mission in Portsmouth Harbour? Did the KGB run a close-guarded training facility, as described by J. Bernard Hutton in School for Spies, which was modelled on a typical town in the American mid-west, so agents could be acclimatised to a non-Soviet environment? This book is filled with fascinating insights into the exaggerations and outright fabrications that some have published as fact in recent times.

Size: 157 x 236mm, 256 pages Hardback
ISBN: 9781 4738 7955 3


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The Cray Valley Years 1946-2016 The Cray Valley Years 1946-2016
A history of the Cray Valley Radio Society
by Bob Treacher, M0MCV

As the Cray Valley Radio Society celebrates its 70th anniversary this lavishly illustrated book captures the highs and lows of one of the United Kingdom's most well-known, and successful, amateur radio societies. From its modest beginning in 1946 to the highs of the wonderfully successful special event station for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this book covers the history of this famous club. Learn why the Society took the unusual step of becoming a company limited by guarantee in the 1970s; share in the success and disappointment of field days and national and international contests; and obtain first hand appreciation of the Society's expertise in organising special event stations, not only on a local scale, but in the national and international arena. This fascinating read provides real insight into a club that also had prestigious and highly successful celebrations of the Millennium, HM Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee, the bi-centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, and more.

Size: 240 x 174mm, 220 pages
ISBN: 9781 9101 9329 7


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Raspberry PI User Guide 4th Ed Raspberry PI User Guide 4th Ed
by Eben Upton & Gareth Halfacree

This 4th Edition of the Raspberry Pi User Guide is the latest guide to everything Raspberry Pi 3. Written by the Pi?s creator and a leading Pi guru, this book goes straight to the source to bring you the ultimate Raspberry Pi 3 manual. With detailed discussion on its wide array of configurations, languages, and applications you?ll learn how to take full advantage of the mighty Pi?s full capabilities. This book gets you started with clear, step by step instruction from software installation to system customisation. It also shows you how to set up with software, connect to other devices and expand those capabilities even more with add-on technologies. This book is your ideal companion for anyone interested in Raspberry Pi.

Size: 235 x 188mm, 312 pages
ISBN: 9781 1192 6436 1


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Churchill's Most Secret Airfield Churchill's Most Secret Airfield
RAF Tempsford
By Bernard O'Connor

Designed by illusionist Jasper Maskelyne, RAF Tempsford was constructed to give overflying enemy aircraft the impression it was disused. Nothing could be further from the truth - just after dusk on moonlit nights either side of the full moon, planes from the 138 and 161 Squadrons would take off on top secret missions to the heart of the war-torn Continent. They had to fly low and without lights in order to identify drop zones and deliver the supplies and secret agents that would help the resistance forces liberate Europe. But despite the attention of Churchill and George VI, the airfield's secrets have long remained an untold chapter in the story of the war. Churchill's Most Secret Airfield: RAF is based on over a decade's research, filled with intrigue, suspense, heartbreak and the fascinating account of this extraordinary airfield.

Size: 197x 124mm, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781 4456 0690 3


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3D Printing for Dummies 3D Printing for Dummies
By Kalani Kirk Hausman & Richard Horne

Done in the usual 'Dummies' style this 3D Printing For Dummies book explains all that you need to know to get started printing out 3D objects quickly and inexpensively!

3D printing is no longer just the preserve of expensive printers working with incomprehensible and equally expensive software. This remarkable technology has now come to the masses with the growing availability of 3D printers at lower costs than ever before. 3D Printing For Dummies provides a friendly but straightforward guide that examines the types of 3D printing technology available. You'll discover methods for the creation of 3D printable objects using software, 3D scanners, and even photographs. The mysteries of stereolithography, selective sintering, fused deposition, and granular binding techniques are all explained. The book even provides a design for making your own 3D printer the 'RepRap' printer and walks you through the process of creating a printer using open source designs, software, and hardware.

3D Printing For Dummies provides a great insight into this fast developing area of technology. It provides the knowledge needed to manufacture specialist parts of unusual design or construction at home. Be you keen constructor or just want to know about the technology this book provides a fascinating guide to the possibilities of 3D printing.

Size: 188 x 234mm, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781 1186 6075 1


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 OSS STATION VICTOR OSS STATION VICTOR
Hurley's Secret War

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By Philip M. Williams

Whilst stories of Bletchley Park, SOE and Churchill's Toyshop have become well known in recent years the fascinating story of how a quiet Berkshire village became a US communication base controlling foreign agents working in Nazi-occupied Europe simply hasn't. This book describes the activities of the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS) a forerunner of the CIA and the establishment of the top secret Station VICTOR at Hurley in Buckinghamshire in WWII.

Over the past 1,000 years Hurley has experienced its fair share of historic events, from royal visitations to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and it has now been discovered that during the Second World War Hurley was used as a top secret communication centre. Established in 1943, Station VICTOR communicated with secret agents throughout occupied Europe and within the German Reich. VICTOR's role was to receive and send coded messages in order to obtain vital intelligence on Hitler's Panzer Divisions, secret weapons and industrial war machine. This is the story of Station VICTOR, from is conception, construction and operation and about the lives of those agents who risked torture and death in order to rid Europe of the Nazi tyranny. Operations such as the SUSSEX plan and the liberation of France used Hurley as their base station where even General Eisenhower as Supreme Commander and Prime Minister Churchill were seen as visitors. It is only now that the story of OSS Station VICTOR can be told due to the declassifying of VICTOR's operational war diary by the CIA and the discovery of a remarkable set of official photographs. Hurley's long-forgotten wartime secret can now be revealed.

Size: 234 x 165mm, 96 pages ISBN: 9781 4456 5428 7

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Operation Big Operation Big
The race to stop Hitler's A-Bomb

By Colin Brown

Few people know much about the German efforts to develop the atom bomb in WWII, fewer still are aware of the role of a Cambridgeshire manor house in discovering what the scientists involved knew. This new hardback book Operation Big describes this extraordinary story in fascinating detail.

When a Cambridge professor recently found wiring concealed under the floorboards of his country mansion, Farm Hall, he became curious and began uncovering the story of Operation Big. The Cambridgeshire manor house had an astonishing past as an MI6 staging post for some of the most secret operations of the Second World War. But in April 1945, Farm Hall was to play an even more astounding role, housing ten of Germany's top nuclear physicists captured in daring raids. Amid the chaos of the disintegrating Third Reich they were flown to England covertly in a mission code-named Operation Big. Every word they uttered was bugged by MI6 eavesdroppers using the wires found by the professor.

After the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, these men would claim they could have developed A-bombs for the Third Reich, but did not 'for the greater good of mankind'. Most believe this to have been a lie. But was there an even greater deception? Were they captured not to stop Hitler, but to stop Stalin? Did the US drop the bomb as a show of power not to the Japanese, but to the Soviets?

Written by well-known author Colin Brown, Operation Big guides us through a world of espionage, scientific discovery and questions of morality as he reveals the extraordinary truth surrounding Hitler's atomic bomb.

Hardback, Size: 234 x 156mm, 304 pages ISBN: 9781 4456 5184 2


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Boffin Boffin
The Early Days of Radar and Radio Astronomy and Quantum Optics

By Prof. Robert Hanbury Brown

Professor Robert Hanbury Brown was one of the most important figures in the development of radar and of observational astronomy that the UK has ever produced. This fascinating autobiography provides a unique account of the history of radar in WWII and the development of radio astronomy in the post war years.

Boffin traces the evolution of radar from the static Home Chain used in the Battle of Britain to the inclusion of the first airborne radars used in aircraft for night-fighting. The book covers his work on the polarisation of radio waves, crucial in determining the optimum configuration of the radar aerials on all the early air-to-surface equipment operated by Coastal Command. Air-to-surface radar played a huge role in the detection of surfaced submarines and the winning of the 'Battle of the Atlantic'. In 1942, Hanbury Brown was seconded to the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, and working in conditions of great secrecy, he continued the development of the Eureka and Rebecca airborne radar programme.

Post War Hanbury Brown was involved in the early days in the development of Jodrell Bank. Sir Bernard Lovell commented that without Hanbury Brown it was unlikely that the Jodrell Bank Radio telescope would ever have been built. Boffin describes this period and his later work where Hanbury Brown became perhaps best known for his invention of the optical intensity interferometer. Working with other well-known figures in astronomy such as Cyril Hazard and Richard Twiss he was involved in many great advances. Using an optical interferometer he measured for the first time pulsars and quasars. Working in the Australian outback in the 1960s he designed and built a device with mirrors 23ft in diameter moving on a circular railway 600ft across.

Professor Robert Hanbury Brown was one of the brightest engineers of the time and Boffin provides his personal story and that of the development of Radar in WWII and the development of Radio Astronomy. This book is thoroughly recommended reading for anyone interested Radar, Astronomy and much besides.

Size: 174x240, 144 pages, ISBN: 9781 9101 9309 9

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Haynes V-Force Operations Manual Haynes V-Force Operations Manual

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The V-Force is to most embodied by the Avro Vulcan, but the RAF's nuclear jet bomber fleet also included the Victor and Valiant aircraft, missiles and an organisation designed to deter Nuclear war in the 1950s and 1960s. This new hardback book Haynes Operation Manual for the RAF V-Force sets out to provide insight into the organisation, aircraft and weaponry of Britain's Cold War strategic nuclear strike force.

Former V-Force pilot Andrew Brookes examines the organisation, the aircraft, the weapons, the electronic warfare and tactics designed to stay one step ahead of the Soviet Union. There are extensive details of the development of the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant force which reached its peak in June 1964, with 50 Valiants, 70 Vulcans and 39 Victors in service. The nuclear bombs and missiles the force were equipped with are explained, as are the circumstances that led their development. The opposition to the V-Force is discussed including the Surface to Air missiles they faced and the routes and tactics that would have been needed to defeat them. The RAF's V-Force remained Britain's nuclear deterrent up 1969 when the strategic role was assumed by the Royal Navy and this book also looks at the continued use of the aircraft in conventional roles after this.

If you want to know about the history of the 326 aircraft that were produced to form an iconic part of the Cold War this book provides a terrific guide. At over £10 off the usual rrp for RSGB Members the Haynes V-Force Operations Manual is a great buy.

Hardback, Size 270 x 210mm, 156 pages, ISBN: 9780 8573 3778 8

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Haynes Millennium Falcon Manual Haynes Millennium Falcon Manual

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From the same authors who brought you the Haynes Owner's Workshop Manual for the Imperial Death Star comes the workshop manual for the Millennium Falcon. Using brand-new, full-colour cutaways, together with other art and photographs, this Manual provides the most thorough technical description of the Millennium Falcon available.

This is a Haynes Manual based on the Millennium Falcon, the iconic spaceship piloted by Han Solo and Chewbacca in the iconic Star Wars films. An official Star Wars product, this 124 page Hardback technical manual offers much on what is probably the galaxy's most famous flying junkyard that is this modified YT-1300 Corellian Freighter. This Haynes Manual traces the history of this series of spaceships before focusing on the Millennium Falcon itself. The on-board systems, controls and their operation are described in detail and are supported by photographs, line art, floor plans, exploded diagrams and stunning computer-generated artwork. This fascinating Technical guide details the souped-up propulsion system, weapons, engineering systems and much more.

If you are a Star Wars buff or not, this extra special price for RSGB members the Haynes Owner's Workshop Manual for the Millennium Falcon is not only a great gift but a fantastic treat.

Hardback, Size 270 x 210mm, 124 pages ISBN: 9780 8573 3096 3

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Haynes Thunderbirds Manual - 50th Anniversary Edition Haynes Thunderbirds Manual - 50th Anniversary Edition
by Sam Denham

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This new paperback edition of the Haynes Thunderbirds Agents' Technical Manual, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first airing of the original Supermarionation series, in September 1965, is an inventive, informative and entertaining guide to the world's foremost rescue organisation.

Those familiar with the traditional "Haynes Manual" will recognise the Haynes approach that features cutaway drawings, detailed diagrams, colour illustrations and photographs. This updated edition features an additional seven cutaways of vehicles used in rescue missions, along with even more diagrams, illustrations and photographs. The Haynes Thunderbirds Manual provides the ultimate insight into the secrets of the fabulous International Rescue team of the Thunderbirds TV series. Intended for International Rescue field agents, the Haynes Thunderbirds Manual includes an introduction by Jeff Tracy, a look at late 21st Century Technology, Mission files, Operational procedures for agents' missions and much more.

Whether you are familiar with Thunderbirds or not, the Haynes Thunderbirds Manual provides the ultimate insight into the secrets of the fabulous International Rescue team and is an excellent read and a treasure trove of detail and trivia. The Haynes Thunderbirds Manual - 50th Anniversary Edition is not only a thoroughly recommended read but it also makes a great gift or treat.

Size: 270 x 210mm, 152 pages, ISBN: 9780 8573 3823 5

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Fort Bridgewoods Fort Bridgewoods
From Victorian Fort to WWII Y Station

By Stephen G Small, G4HJE

This is the story of a Victorian Fort that was obsolete before the last stone was laid yet in the early twentieth century became one of the most secret places in the realm. It was here that the developing science of radio became a vital weapon of espionage and war. Without the painstaking work of the expert civilian intercept operators Bletchley Park may well have failed to break the Enigma code and the vital allied intelligence advantage may have been lost.

Fort Bridgewoods - From Victorian Fort to WWII Y Station sets out this fascinating story from its building to its final closure in 1968. The early role as Fleet protection in the late 19th Century and even its WWI activities are detailed along with the significant characters involved in its history. Readers will find much about the highly secret WWII activity as a 'Y' Station which became one of the most important signal gathering stations in Britain's 'Enigma Code' breaking operation. This book is packed with information and readers will find that the radios and equipment used are covered in detail from the early Marconi equipment to the DST-100 receiver, designed specifically for wireless interception work through to the familiar HRO sets used later in the war and are even details of the Hallicrafters and RCA receivers used.

Whilst the World slipped slowly into the abyss of a Second World War the operators of Fort Bridgewoods skilfully developed the science of signals intelligence and were intercepting both the secret diplomatic and military radio traffic. Without Fort Bridgewoods the vital early 'breaks' of the Enigma code would certainly not have happened. Fort Bridgewoods - From Victorian Fort to WWII Y Station describes all of this and provides an insight into the operational work of this 'Y' station and its part in WWII. If you are interested in the radio interception technology of WWII and its pioneers this book is a revelation.

Size: 174x240, 144 pages, ISBN: 9781 9101 9309 9


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Second World War Secret Bunkers Second World War Secret Bunkers
by Nick McCamley

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Produced in the same vein as the hugely popular Cold War Secret Bunkers book, Second World War Secret Bunkers is another comprehensive overview of all the major underground sites developed in great secrecy by the British government and military establishment in preparation for the Second World War. Lavishly illustrated on a high quality paper and accompanied by comprehensive captions and an authoritative text this book provides a fascinating guide to these structures.

Many of the sites included are enormous in extent (some encompassing upwards of 100 acres of underground space) and often over 100 feet below the surface. Sites illustrated include the vast Corsham network in Wiltshire: the army ammunition depots at Monkton Farleigh, Eastlays, Ridge and Tunnel Quarry (which had its own underground railway station linked to the Bristol to London main line); the Spring Quarry underground aircraft engine factory - reputedly the largest underground factory in the world; Copenacre and a series of other Admiralty stores and the museum repository at Westwood which housed all the treasures from the British Museum, the V&A and some forty other London museums and Galleries. Also included are the ill-fated RAF underground bomb stores at Llanberis, Harpur Hill, Chilmark and Fauld in Staffordshire which exploded in 1944 with catastrophic consequences. Other sites include the National Gallery's secret repository at Manod quarry; underground factories at Drakelow near Kidderminster, Birmingham, and Westwood; naval weapons stores in Wiltshire and Wales and the highly secret underground chemical weapons storage tunnels at Rhydymwn.

This hardback book is illustrated with approximately 450 colour and B&W archive photo's along with original engineers drawings and plans. Second World War Secret Bunkers provides a great guide to the forerunners of the Cold War bunkers and is thoroughly recommended reading.

ISBN: Hardback Size 250x250mm, 320 pages ISBN: 9780 9928 5542 0

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Haynes Soyuz Owners' Workshop Manual Haynes Soyuz Owners' Workshop Manual

By Dr David Baker

Written in the usual Haynes Manual way the hardback Haynes Soyuz Owners' Workshop Manual provides the definitive guide to the very first days of Soviet space programme through to today. With a foreword by Helen Sharman who used the Soyuz to get to the MIR space station where she operated as GB1MIR in 1991 this book provides a fascinating insight into the Russian spaceflight.

The Soyuz spacecraft was a product of the cold war and played a major role in Russia's plans for a manned landing on the Moon. Originally designed in the 1960s the Soyuz has been the mainstay of Russia's space programme for nearly 50 years. The Haynes Soyuz Owners' Workshop Manual provides details of the around 250 that have flown since the first launch in 1968. The various variants are covered along with versions such as the Gunship 7K-VI variant that were never built. Despite much of the programme being secret for years this book provides much detail alongside the compelling story of the Soyuz spacecraft and Russia's manned space stations. The Haynes Soyuz Owners' Workshop Manual also covers much other Soviet space activity including the first flights to Russia's first space station, Salyut 1, in 1971 and the Mir space station in 1986.

The Haynes Soyuz Owners' Workshop Manual is packed with all the usual features you would expect including colour cut-away drawings of the various elements. You will even find details of the rendezvous and docking procedures and the famous "handshake in space" when the US Apollo spacecraft docked with Soyuz. There is much else besides and this lavishly illustrated this book provides as it says on the cover "An insight into Russia's flagship spacecraft, from Moon missions to the International Space Station"

Hardback, Size 270 x 210mm, 172 pages, ISBN: 9780 8573 3405 3


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Covert Radar and Signals Interception Covert Radar and Signals Interception
The Secret Career of Eric Ackermann

By Peter Jackson and David Haysom

Few know the story of Eric Ackermann who became a leading figure in the world of signals and electronic intelligence during WWII and beyond. This book seeks to explain his activities during the war and the subsequent cold war activity.

Covert Radar and Signals Interception explores the various highs and lows of Eric's role at the vanguard of tactical intelligence operations where he saw conflict up close and personal. Winner of the George Medal for conspicuous gallantry Eric had an extraordinary wartime career that included over 4o bomber flights assessing the enemy's radar capabilities data. Searching for, monitoring and destroying of Germany's Wuerzburg, Knickebein and X Band radar systems. A host of secret missions carried out in North Africa, Gibraltar and Italy. His research was passed to the highest levels of wartime government, and was highly prized. The end of the war did not signal the end of Ackermann's role. He was to play a major part in the setting up and implementation of a string of listening stations built along the borders of Soviet Bloc countries. Further work in aeronautics and satellite construction in the United States followed. Despite the might and scale of his achievement, this leading figure is relatively unknown and this book seeks to rectify that as well as provide new insights into intelligence practices and their often far-reaching consequences.

Covert Radar and Signals Interception is a highly illuminating and thoroughly recommended reading

Hardback. Size: 160x240mm, 224 pages ISBN: 9781 7834 6268 1

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<span style='font-size: 16px;'>Centenary</span> Centenary
100 Years Working for Amateur Radio

By Elaine Richards, G4LFM

As part of the Centenary celebrations the RSGB has commissioned and produced this special hardback book looking at 100 years of RSGB History. In its first century, the RSGB has represented the interests of members at national and international level and provided the framework within which the early pioneers and experimenters thrived. Centenary outlines the century of activity of the RSGB and its members.

Centenary is a peek at the history of the RSGB, which is a rich tapestry indeed. The stories gathered together here provide a glimpse of the people behind the organisation and the way they have shaped the history of the Society. It would have been impossible for all the stories, famous names and events from the first 100 years have made it into print. Nevertheless, this collection of events gives a flavour of the RSGB history and the hobby it supports. From the first days and its initial membership of four, through two World Wars to a new Millennium, the RSGB's membership have taken part in propagation experiments, pushed the boundaries of radio and electronic knowledge and shown what international amateur radio relations is all about. Whether it's proving that VHF communications is more than line-of-sight, showing the world how far radio signals can travel or putting satellites into space, radio amateurs have been involved in it all. Centenary brings together some of the best achievements and tells the story of some of the most well known names in amateur radio history.

Packed with over 200 colour and mono photographs this book provides a fascinating insight into the life and times of the RSGB. Produced as a quality hardback book, with a glossy slip cover and glossy paper throughout, to bring out the detail, this book is exceptional. If you would like a part of the RSGB centenary celebration then Centenary will grace any bookshelf.

ISBN: 9781 9050 8689 4, Hardback
Size: 300x225mm (landscape), 144 pages


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The Cable The Cable
Wire to the New World

By Gillian Cookson

The Cable - The Wire to the New World is an updated special RSGB edition that has been produced in conjunction with History Press. This is the compelling story of how the first transatlantic communication cable was laid, the trials, the successes and the failures involved.

The Cable - Wire to the New World
tells the story from its earliest beginnings, the technical challenges faced, the disasters and even the technical failures that ensued. Many people who dared, the people who lost, and the people who profited are detailed here in this fascinating story. The dramatic attempts to cross the Atlantic during the 1850s and 1860s from the first failed attempts to the project that finally succeeded are all here. An inconceivably audacious attempt to overcome the forces of nature in the name of human progress and technology, the laying of the cable was to change forever our means of communication. The speed with which information could now be transmitted was unprecedented and revolutionized the face of news and the global economy.

For those interested in the technical challenges that faced the mid nineteenth century communication pioneers The Cable - Wire to the New World is a fascinating read and thoroughly recommended.

Size 125x198mm 192 pages ISBN: 9780 7524 8786 1


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Haynes Owner Workshop Manuals Messerschmitt Bf109 Haynes Owner Workshop Manuals Messerschmitt Bf109
By: Paul Blackah & Malcolm Lowe

Produced as a sister volume to the Haynes Workshop Manual for Supermarine Spitfire this book provides the same treatment to the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt Bf109. This single-seat fighter was the main combat adversary of the RAF's Hurricanes and Spitfires in the Battle of Britain.

This Haynes Owners Workshop Manual covers the history of the Bf109, restoration to flight, the views of owners, pilots and engineers, and operating and servicing insights. Data boxes cover Bf109 facts and figures, plus interviews with Luftwaffe pilots and modern-day owner-pilots. Illustrated with a mix of specially commissioned colour and archive photographs, the Bf109 Manual also includes illustrations from Luftwaffe official wartime servicing manuals, and coverage of restoration projects in the UK and overseas.

Hardback, Size 270 x 210mm, 160 pages, ISBN 9781-8442-5642-6


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Haynes Owner Workshop Manual for Avro Lancaster Haynes Owner Workshop Manual for Avro Lancaster
By: Jarrod Cotter and Paul Blackah

The legendary Avro Lancaster receives the famous Haynes manual treatment with the full co-operation and authorisation of the Royal Air Force. This hardback book provides rare and fascinating insight into how the Lancaster is constructed, flown, operated and how it is serviced and maintained.

This Haynes manual provides not only the history of the plane that Sir Arthur (Bomber) Harris described as "the greatest single factor in winning the war" but much more. Readers will find detailed sections with pictures, diagrams, cutaways of the anatomy of the aircraft. The "crew's view" is covered in depth with details of pre flight checks, start-up, take off, navigating and more. There is also the "engineers view" covering servicing of the aircraft and an "owner's view" for those lucky enough to acquire their own aircraft. The whole book filled with hundreds of supporting colour photographs and diagrams.

Written from the unique perspective of those who know what it takes to restore and operate a Lancaster, this manual provides as well as a wonderful insight into the engineering and construction of this remarkable aeroplane. This highly detailed and attractively designed book is a must for anyone interested in iconic Lancaster Bomber. .

Size 270 x 210mm, 160 pages ISBN: 9781 8442 5463 7


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Pigeon Guided Missiles: Pigeon Guided Missiles:
And 49 Other Ideas That Never Took Off

By: James Moore and Paul Nero

This new Hardback book highlights those brilliant ideas that have for one reason or another never quite made it to being successful. All fifty of the concepts here border on the bizarre and laughable.

The Pigeon-Guided Missiles title is drawn from the story of the WWII American psychologist who made the amazing discovery that pigeons could be trained to track objects and, when loaded into the nose cone of a missile, guide the weapon to its target - a one way trip for the pigeon! The book also contains details of British Rail's plan for a spaceship, how Nelson nearly got a pyramid instead of a column, the scheme to cover Manhattan in a glass dome, and why the Victorian Channel Tunnel hit a dead end. From nuclear-powered cars to Thomas Edison's concrete furniture you will find exciting ideas that either became victims of the eccentric figures behind them, succumbed to financial and political misfortune, or were simply just too far ahead of their time.

Pigeon-Guided Missiles is full of fascinating stories of daring plans from history that could have radically changed the world - yet somehow failed to take off. Full of humour and detail this book is a delight.

Size: 124x200mm 256 page Hardback ISBN: 9780 7524 5990 5


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The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird
By Dr Douglas Brown, GM8FFH

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John Logie Baird (1888-1946) is remembered as the inventor of television but his work in colour, 3D and holographic television is much less well known. As are his significant contributions to other information sciences and their resulting technologies. The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird sets out this work and adds a perspective not seen before to the story of this great inventor.

The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird details the story of this great man from his early years through, to those where despite ailing health and poverty he did more to advance the early development of television than any other individual. He planted the seed, which has grown into a multinational, trillion dollar video and communications media industry. Baird is often dismissed as the person who invented a crude type of television which was quickly superseded but this book lays these criticisms to rest once and for all. For over a quarter of a century Baird developed monochrome, colour and 3D television, and many of the techniques he pioneered are still used in modern day systems. This book goes into detail about how the systems worked and their later development after John Logie Baird's death. The author has even provided projects that can be made which demonstrate the Baird's technology, including colour broadcasting.

The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird is fascinating read that provides an excellent reference work on his inventions, an insight into the world of television and shows just how much we owe this great inventor.

Size 174x240mm, 208 pages (mono & colour): ISBN: 9781 9050 8679 5

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The Birth of British Radar The Birth of British Radar
The Memoirs of Arnold 'Skip' Wilkins

Edited by Colin Latham and Anne Stobbs

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Arnold "Skip" Wilkins is one of the unsung heroes of the British effort to develop radar. The Birth of British Radar book combines the memoirs of Skip with an authoritative overview of the historical importance of his work.

At the core of The Birth of British Radar are Skip's memoirs of his involvement in the British radar (or, as it was then known, radio direction finding, RDF) programme from its very inception in 1935. Working under the direction of Robert Watson-Watt, it was he who proposed using radio waves, bounced back from an enemy aircraft, to detect its position. Initially working entirely alone, he constructed prototype equipment which he used in the famous Daventry experiment conducted in a field near Weeden, Northants, on 26 February 1935. The success of this led to the establishment of the R&D group at Bawdsey Manor with its team of talented scientists, engineers and technicians. From there he describes the engineering and political developments which occurred to change faint traces into a fully working system which played such a crucial role in defending Britain in the Second World War.

This second edition of The Birth of British Radar has been greatly expanded from the original memoirs with a large array of additional material. Each chapter of the memoirs is set in a historical context with an explanatory note. There is a host of extra material including an interview with Skip, details of how radar grew, post war commemorations and much more. The Birth of British Radar contains mono and colour photos along with details of Skip's post war experiences. The story of this publicity-shy individual who never sought public recognition for his achievement, is fascinating. This book describes the struggles and triumphs from the earliest days of radar, in perhaps one of the most important periods in British electronics development, and is highly recommended.

Size 174x240mm, 128 pages ISBN: 9781 9050 8675 7

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AeroFax Vickers Valiant AeroFax Vickers Valiant
By Eric B Morgan

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The Valiant was the shortest lived of the post-war V-bomber force, first flying in 1951 and with production of 104 aircraft ending in 1957, and an official withdrawal in January 1965 after investigation had shown that the main wing spars were suffering from metal fatigue. It operated in four versions, the B.1 bomber, B(PR)1 bomber/photo-reconnaissance, B(K).1 flight refuelling tanker and B.PR(K).1 covering all three roles. Additionally several aircraft were modified for a variety of special roles. The all-black B.2 low level pathfinder bomber was flown as a prototype in 1953. Valiants participated in British atomic bomb tests and made noteworthy long-distance flights, principally operating from Marham and Gaydon. In a change of task shortly before retirement, the aircraft were painted in a camouflage scheme better suited to their new low-level penetration role. In addition to the many photographs and drawings the book also includes a full history of each aircraft built.

Size 215x280mm, 144 pages ISBN: 9781-8578-0134-7


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Island Fever Island Fever
By Robin Jones

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If you have ever dreamed of mounting a DXpedition to a far flung part of the world, yet it has never come to pass, this book could easily be a trigger for something closer to home. Packed with potential IOTA activations, low noise enviroments, spots with a large body of salt water on the doorstep, Island Fever is a great book.

Britain is an island nation with hundreds of smaller islands off the mainland shores, each with its own distinct character. Island Fever provides an insight into the some the islands of England and Wales. There are forty chapters in this full colour hard back book covering hundreds of individual islands. Each chapter provides an insight into the islands covered in both text and pictures. From the Marconi's activity on Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel in 1897, through historic Lindisfarne, to the WWII Red Sands forts, this book is packed with interesting stories. The glossy pages host nearly 300 top quality photographs which highlight some of the well known and many lesser known scenic parts of the British Isles that may well tempt you into that DXpedition you have promised yourself.

Hardback, Size 224x 297mm, 160 pages ISBN 9780711034716


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Inside Enigma Inside Enigma
The Secrets of the Enigma Machine and other Historic Cipher Machines

By Prof. Tom Perera, W1TP

The breaking of the Enigma Codes in WWII was one of the defining actions of the whole war. Many books have been written about this as one of the best kept secrets of WW2. Few have looked right inside the Enigma cipher machine itself, but Inside Enigma does just that.

Inside Enigma brings to life how the Enigma machines were used, how the messages were encoded and why the Enigma code was virtually unbreakable. With more than 500 pictures this book explains exactly how these machines were constructed and worked.

Written by Enigma expert Professor Tom Perera, W1TP, Inside Enigma provides a history of these fascinating machines from their predecessors through to the cipher machines of the Cold War. The wartime Enigmas used by the German Army and Navy are covered in much depth, as is, the development of coding machines, into the post-war variants such as the Swiss NEMA, Russian Fialka and American M-209. Readers will even find a guide to finding and buying their own Enigma machine and, if that fails, instructions to build their own modern day version. Inside Enigma includes translations of original Enigma operating instructions and much more.

Inside Enigma is a comprehensive and copiously illustrated handbook covering the secrets of the Enigma Machine and the theory and practice of cipher machines in the 20th century.

Size 202x254, paperback, 208 pages, ISBN: 9781 9050 8664 1


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Images Across Space Images Across Space
The Electronic Imaging of Baird Television

By Dr. Douglas Brown

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Written Dr. Douglas Brown a leading authority on TV Images Across Space provides a unique and fascinating insight into the pioneers of television and in particular to Scottish inventor John Logie Baird. From the initial concept of television though to the patent for 3D TV that far surpasses that offered to modern consumers, this book gives a fascinating insight into the man and his developments.

Lavishly illustrated Images Across Space not only provides the background to the development of TV but the story of the Baird Television Ltd. up to its demise and its continuation as Cinema Television Ltd. There are many previously unpublished photographs that illustrate the level of sophistication practiced by the Baird Television Ltd. and revealing photographs of the Baird cathode-ray tube facility, laboratories in the Crystal Palace and Rotunda outbuilding, equipment installed at Alexandra Palace. The book reveals the implications of the devastating fire that spectacularly razed the Crystal Palace to the ground in 1936, taking with it the Baird facilities and an analysis of the television systems on trial for the BBC at Alexandra Palace. Readers will find this book a mine of fascinating material with even a comprehensive listing of the British patents of Baird and his associates at Baird/Cinema Television.

John Logie Baird is remembered as the inventor of the first working system of television but Images Across Space shows that there was much more to the story. Images Across Space is a rare book of technical detail and an extraordinary story - thoroughly recommended reading.

Size 176x250mm, 192 pages, ISBN 9781-8742-8921-0


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The Real Enigma Heroes The Real Enigma Heroes
By Phil Shanahan

The capture of the Enigma codes helped shorten the Second World War by at least a year. Churchill took a special interest in the information that came out of Bletchley Park’s Station X and he guarded his contact well so that the Germans would never find out the source.Without the quick actions of three men from HMS Petard, who clambered aboard a sinking German U-boat, the codes might never have been broken. On the night of 30 October 1942, First Lieutenant Tony Fasson, accompanied by Able Seaman Colin Grazier and Tommy Brown, climbed aboard U-559. Passing codebooks up through the hatch, Fasson and Grazier were caught aboard the sub as she suddenly sank. Brown was saved, along with the code books, and the rest, they say, is history...It wasn’t until 1969 that the men were mentioned for their work in rescuing the Enigma codes, and even then it was in the comic "The Hornet".

Phil Shanahan tells the extraordinary story of the three men who saved countless Allied lives and shortened the war by a year, as well as the efforts to recognise their bravery.

It’s hard to think of three individual servicemen who did more to hasten the Allied victory - Robert Harris, author of "Enigma".

They played a pivotal part in bringing the Battle of the Atlantic to an earlier close - Prince Andrew.

A contribution to the winning of the war that few could match - Tony Blair.


Hardback Size 254x178, paperback, 240 pages, ISBN: 9780 7524 4472 7


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Full Circle Full Circle
A Dream Denied, A Vision Fulfilled

By Theodore J. Cohen

Solly's dream is for his son Teddy to one day become a concert violinist. Eventually he comes to understand and to endure the heartbreak of knowing that the dream never will be realized. As Solly watches, life takes Teddy from gifted violin student to adult engineer and scientist, leaving no time for the career in music Solly so dearly wants his son to pursue. In the end, there emerges the essence of redemption as Teddy returns to the violin late in life and fulfills his and his father's vision. The story, which is a work of fiction based on real events, will fascinate readers from ages ten to one hundred who are interested in radio, communications, and music and in how it was to grow up in a family whose members trace their heritage to that great wave of immigrants that crashed onto America's shores in the mid- to late 1800s.


Size 204x127, paperback, 216 pages, ISBN: 9781 4490 2914 2

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abc Air Traffic Control (10th Edition) abc Air Traffic Control (10th Edition)
By Graham Duke

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Since the last edition of abc Air Traffic Control in 2005 there have been many changes in the air traffic control industry in the UK and UK-related airways. Air traffic has continued to increase rapidly resulting in more complex air traffic control systems which have to meet demand, as well as fulfilling safety and environment regulations.

Covering current issues facing the air traffic control industry, the author looks at the establishment of the new London Control Centre at Swanwick in the beginning of 2008, and the problematic congestion plaguing the UK skies, particularly in the busy Southeast. As a result, National Air Traffic Services, which took over from the Civil Airliner Authority in 2001 following partial privatization ofthe industry, is consulting with the CAA about redrawing the aircraft route map over the southeast of England to alleviate this problem.

This newest volume covers all the latest developments within the industry, explaining the structure of the system and the regulations controlling it in a straightforward manner, with a window into military air traffic control systems as well. Alongside this wider picture, intimate details are also revealed about the operations of ground control, the communications systems in the aircraft flying, the standard modes of communication, and airport procedures. The North Atlantic system and other aeronautical information such as charts, weather and airfield data are explained, as well as a full assessment of future developments. This is the essential handbook for anyone interested in civil aviation and the operation of modern air traffic control practice.

Size 184x120 mm, 112 pages, ISBN 978-1-85780-318-1



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Perera's Telegraph Collectors Guide Perera's Telegraph Collectors Guide
By Prof. Tom Perera, W1TP

This is the third edition of the famous Perera's Telegraph Collectors Guide. Written by the leading expert on Telegraph Keys this book provides the reader with the comprehensive guide to telegraph keys. There is a historical background of telegraph keys and details of the types of keys available from the earliest 1830 varieties through to the present day. Morse code keys, spark & wireless keys, military keys from around the world and radio keys are all covered. There is also a wide range of material covering practice sets, semi-automatic keys (or "Bugs"), electronic keyers, paddles, home-made keys and even novelty items. There are even tips on restoring telegraph keys. The book also provides the latest guide prices for the keys along with a hugely valuable cross reference and comprehensive index of the material.

This book contains:
* Historical background
* Details of key types
* Hundreds of pictures
* Current key prices
* Tips on restoration
* Comprehensive & Cross-Referenced Index

This guide is ideal companion for anyone with an interest in telegraph keys and is a fascinating reference work on telegraph and Morse keys since their very inception


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