The Story behind the Card Series 2 No. 9 – Donald Price G6HP

Donald Price was born in 1908 and became 6HP sometime in 1925 or early 1926. At that time the G prefix was not in use, for inter-country and inter-Continental contacts were not common. He lived in Sydenham, South London and became friendly with other radio amateurs in that area. One of the other amateurs in that part of London, Howard Thomas 6QB persuaded him to join the RSGB. 6QB then lived in Thornton Heath and soon he and Price became close friends, both sharing a common interest working the DX that was becoming more available on the 20 and 40 metre bands. Despite using a transmitter with a power of just 10 watts 6HP became adept at working the world.

His receiver was a simple 0-V-2 TRF set and an end fed 46 ft of wire up at just 30 ft was employed as antenna. He used no earth or counterpoise with this antenna and it was performing as a Hertzian radiator not a Marconi a type that was generally used at that time. His QSL card to G5UY which is dated March 1927 reveals that he had contacted most European countries. A later unused QSL card shows that despite his continued power level of 10 watts and a two valve TRF RX, he had contacted stations all over the world.
Donald was offered a position in the research department of Popular Wireless a post he held for two years. Later, in 1931 he worked at Ready Radio Ltd. until that firm went into liquidation at the close of 1933. In that year he was one of a team of three that conducted 5 metre transmission tests from the North Tower of the Crystal Palace.

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In May 1933 Donald, ‘Tommy’ G6QB and Alfred G6NF using a simple transmitter and a vertical dipole on a pole pushed through one of the tower windows transmitted signals that were received by George Jessop G6JP when he was 130 miles away over the North Sea in a Dragon Moth aircraft. Price’s part in this test resulted in him being employed by the Baird Television Company in 1934. This company then occupied rooms in the South Tower of the Crystal Palace. The outstanding success of the Amateur transmissions from the Crystal Palace led to Baird’s choice of a 7 metre wavelength for a high power TV transmitter at the Crystal Palace laboratory. Price’s work with Baird included the construction and maintenance of this transmitter. Donald became the D.R (District Representative) for the RSGB South London District and he married in that year.

On February 19th 1935 tragedy struck. Price was electrocuted whilst working on the 7 metre TV transmitter. His loss to the British Amateur community was great and I’m certain that he would have achieved great things had he survived . The RSGB had a full page Obituary in the March 1935 Bulletin devoted to this, an obituary that was fittingly written by his old friend ‘Tommy’ Howard Thomas who was a regular writer for the ‘Bull’ using the name ‘Uncle Tom’.

By John Heys G3BDQ – Vital Spark March 2013.

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