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[Royal Air Force in the Arabian Gulf]
Amateur radio transmission.
Bahrain, and Oman, 1949. 10 original black-and-white photographs, each in a protective sleeve. Includes a typescript letter signed in its original envelope. Rare photographs of British military radio communication in the Gulf, showing a small RAF crew operating a radio transmitting station and posing for group pictures, as well as the station building with its huge roof antenna and the boarding of an RAF plane. The remaining photographs depict the fort at Bayt al Falaj in Muscat, Oman, where the Sultan's Armed Forces were headquartered until the 1970s, a military tank, and six men carrying a casket draped with the Union Jack. The typescript letter grants permission to establish an amateur radio transmitting station, including the call sign, a reminder to follow the 1938 Cairo regulations and the 1947 Atlantic City regulations, as well as specificications of the bands permitted for amateur stations. It is signed by Hugh Gilmartin of the British Residency in Bahrain, who was stationed there in 1949 before being transferred to the Foreign Office in 1951 and to Jakarta in 1953. - A very well preserved set.
Bookseller: Antiquariat Inlibris, Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH [Austria]
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