12th July 2023 – Orange Poodle and other Exotic Beasts

The next meeting of the Malvern Radar and Technology History Society will be on Wednesday 12th July 2023 at 7PM. This will be a combined physical and virtual meeting.

If you are able to attend in person (and we would be delighted to see you) we are in our usual venue of the Lewis lecture theatre at the Science Centre, Malvern College, College Road, Malvern WR14 3DF.

Please park in College Road and walk south (away from the town centre) turn left just past the main college building and then right. The science centre is ahead of you. There is a small amount of parking next to the building – please keep this free for those with limited mobility. The accessible entrance is to the left of the building; go up two floors in the lift.

Important – we will be using Microsoft Teams instead of Zoom for those of you unable to join us in person. You do not need to download the Teams application; you can join using your browser. To join in the browser follow these instructions. This will also work in Firefox. The meeting will be recorded from the start. The recording of the guest speaker David Emery will be available on our wiki.


  • Welcome / announcements
  • Events
  • News from the archive
  • Thoughts from the chair

David Emery – Orange Poodle and Other Exotic Beasts:

A potted history of HF Radar in the UK

David’s presentation will outline the various projects undertaken by the UK to try to obtain radar coverage beyond the horizon (or “round the bend” as Watson-Watt put it during some early post-War experimentation). There will be a good selection of photographs, many of which are not widely known in the public domain, and the links to Malvern in several of the endeavours will be highlighted. Well-known giants such as Cobra Mist will be included, as well as the less familiar Orange Poodle and Pound Note.

David is a senior Systems Engineer at BAE Systems and began his career working on HF surfacewave radar; he has retained an interest in this area of technology ever since.

Refreshments will be available afterwards.

MRATHS meetings dates for the rest of the  year are:

  • Wednesday 13th September – Tony Buttler – ‘British S—– Projects: Jet Fighters’ with an emphasis on the radars.
  • Wednesday 8th November – From GEE to Galileo (tbc)