Transcript of a recording by Lieutenant Colonel R G Wells, on the construction of radio equipment whilst in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp after the fall of Singapore.
|The need for a radio. |
Creating the capacitor.
The cinnamon resistor.
The unconstructables: Headsets and Valves.
The race for power.
AC - DC: Rectifieying the problem.
Receiving the signal.
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(This presentation has been created by James Cambrook in fulfilment of coursework requirements for Level I, BSc History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science, University College London).
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