HC Deb 14 August 1919 vol 119 cc1671-2W
Major GLYN

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the efficient service rendered throughout the War by the German station at Nauen which is still conducting a commercial service; is he aware that high-frequency machines have been employed and are employed by this station; whether the United States Government, recognising the value of high-frequency machines, are contemplating their employment in preference to the Poulsen system so far in use; and whether the French Government, finding that Poulsen arcs are unsuitable for commercial stations, are adopting high-frequency machines in their place?


I am aware that the German wireless station at Nauen has worked during the War with a certain degree of efficiency. I believe various types of apparatus have been used at this station, including high-frequency machines; but if, as I am advised, as good results can be achieved without the use of German apparatus, 1 should not propose to employ such apparatus at the stations which the Post Office is about to erect. According to my information, the United States Government have one station equipped with an Alexander son high-frequency machine. Other American stations are equipped with the arc system, and are regarded as satisfactory. A large station is being erected for the French Government equipped with the Poulsen arc, and they are understood to be installing at other stations a high-frequency ma-chine side by side with the arc system, but it has not yet been used in actual working.