Wireless Service in Oakey

Images: STC Transmitter installed at the 4AK Oakey Studio c 1936 Source: Don Storey

Images: STC Transmitter installed at the 4AK Oakey Studio c 1936
Source: Don Storey

Who would’ve thought that back in the 1930’s that Oakey would hit the news for its wireless service… Wireless as in Radio (that’s pre-iTunes for the young ones reading). In 1935 the new Courier Mail 4AK radio station opened near Oakey, boasting the highest aerial in the Commonwealth. The iron lattice mast was used as the aerial instead of the usual copper wire “thus ensuring outstanding radiation” (sounds totally safe when described like that).

The new aerial was touted to be the end of the distorted and patchy radio reception on the Darling Downs and South-West Queensland, enabling listeners to pick up programmes from Brisbane and the Southern capitals.

Images: STC Transmitter installed at the 4AK Oakey Studio c 1936 Source: Don Storey

Images: STC Transmitter installed at the 4AK Oakey Studio c 1936
Source: Don Storey

In 1947, using the “wartime improvements in radio”, a new modern transmitter was installed at the Oakey 4AK station. This new transmitter was only as big as a large refrigerator (1940’s fridge that is) and had its own air-cooling and air-filtering systems, making it one of the most up-to-date in Australia.

That’s all I’ve got for you today, so I’ll leave you with some of the images I found in our collection.

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