Inconspicuous

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Ah here.

Via OldDublinTown

If you had no TV licence you feared the arrival of the Post & Telegraph (P&T) Television Detector vans in the 70s…

Meanwhile…

Ah now.

Fergus O’Neill writes:

Fixed that for you…

Hoax? Not a hoax? Find out here: TV Detector Van technology (Wikipedia)

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13 thoughts on “Inconspicuous

  1. alickdouglas

    Don’t remember seeing one of these before, but it’s curiously like I imagined they might have been;

    “I never seen so many bleedin’ aerials. The man said their equipment could pinpoint a purr at four hundred yards, and Eric being such a happy cat was a piece of cake”

    1. Paulus

      As kids we used to debate if this yoke was an elaborate hoax; or if it could detect tellys which were switched off.

  2. Tarfton Clax

    It was merely a scare tactic. I asked one of the engineers in ComReg years ago.

    1. goldenbrown

      yea, certainly looks like a Commer to me

      surprised a “name that jammer” opportunity was lost there

    2. Clampers Outside

      And it being a TV detector van from that era one might call it a…
      “BUSH Commer”

      Fnar, fnar! :)

    1. Cian

      The concepts give then work in lab conditions. It absolutely doesn’t work out in public – general EMF will drown out any tiny emissions you’re trying to get.

      The inspectors had a list of who had a licence, and a list of everyone who bought or rented a TV because you legally had to give them at time of purchase back then; and cross-compared them. That and literally poking around to look in peoples windows to see a TV.

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