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  • Hi Simon

    The radio base station that went dead was a Home Office site for the London Fire Brigade radio paging system back in the 1970s. The first the building owner knew was when Home Office engineers and GPO staff arrived to fix the problem. Until then he hadn't known his building manager was cutting cables. The automatic testing had detected the loss of reply from the TX's control unit within 5 minutes of the cut and alerted the Fire Brigade who called GPO and Home Office Engineers who found the cut cables..

    It was one of several "no name" services that lost service that evening.

    There was a lot of flack after that and the cable routes to the service room under the roof were moved into a new rising duct the building owner had to install. He then had to pay for the relocation of all the Home Office private wires into that duct as well.


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