Peter Oakley – Internet Grandad – Geriatric1927 – Rest In Peace – Series 2 – In Conclusion
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[Peter Oakley (20 August 1927 – 23 March 2014)] Source: LYBIO.net
Hello again. Well, I’d like to finish my little mini series about telling about my life in the forces and what happened subsequently. But you’ll see that I put a picture up on the leading edge of this video, which is of the operators of the system and they play the most important part in the organization.
But before I talk about them, I’d like to just give you a sort of summary of what radar was in those very early days. So it will have to be a description and we had an aerial of course; which was on top of actually a platform; moved around by a generator, a diesel generator beneath; and that sent a signal to the receiver.
Now the receiver, I can only best describe is about the size of – of the frying pans that you might see in a fish and chips shop, nowhere near of course as big as a colossus but did contain a valve circuitry in it.
Now the signal came through as an analog signal and there was a program that decoded that and squared it off and that leading edge, then could operate systems within the receiver; and it did that by a thing called Puckle Time Base, Puckle Time Base, and that was then became an operating system within the receiver. And so that was it really; and of course that leading edge is very similar to the notes and ones in your computer that act as switches at the speed of light – don’t they?
[Peter Oakley] Source: LYBIO.net
So that’s how it was; and by going back to the operator, she was usually – I think it was always she – she was the most important part of [me] uh, of the organization and it was she who looked at the screen for many, many hours identifying any – any solid objects in the sky and trying to differentiate between sort of signals that might be coming back from clouds or something. And when she did see a solid object, she immediately reported to our nearest airfield who would send up aircraft to intercept them, so a very, very important job.
So that’s the story, but when you join the forces, you are given what’s called a demote number and when that number comes up then you are released I can’t remember dates, but I was 21 at that time and it must have been near to the end of the war and I was sent home.
When I got home I went back to my old local government job that I’ve been doing before.
[Peter Oakley] Source: LYBIO.net
And there was also a wonderful scheme that if you were in a full education before you went into the forces, in which of course I was, then you – there were courses setup where you could continue that education and I was sent to a town called Leicester once again to a university for more study and but that was very good because there I met my future wife and also I got heavily involved in motor cycling, which of course led on to my whole career.
So that’s it really, I’m done. So in conclusion, I would say my possibly final good bye, so, good bye.
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