IS a large radiocommunication site located on Goonhilly Downs near Helston
on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, England, which is now owned by
Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd under a 999-year lease from BT Group plc.
[IT] was at one time the largest satellite earth station in the world, with
more than 25 communications dishes in use and over 60 in total. Its
first dish, Antenna One (dubbed "Arthur"), was built in 1962 to link
with Telstar. It was the first open parabolic design and is 25.9 metres
(85 feet) in diameter and weighs 1,118 tonnes.
After Centre de télécommunication par satellite de Pleumeur-Bodou
(Brittany) • which received the first live transatlantic television
broadcasts from the United States via the Telstar satellite at 0H47 GMT
on July 11, 1962 • Arthur received it's first video in the middle of the
[IT] IS now a Grade II listed structure and is therefore protected.
The site also links into undersea cable lines and has also played
a key role in communications events such as the Muhammad Ali
fights, the Olympic Games, the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and
Bob Geldof's 1985's Live Aid concert.
My soul-mate Linnie’s father Ronald Arthur Yardley, who built his
own Colour Television Receiver • in a kitchen cupboard under the stairs
of their semi-detached house in Borehamwood • well in advance of the
first TEST COLOUR TRANSMISSIONS from the BBC • had himself been
offered a job at Goonhilly Down, by GPO Telecommunications, well
before researchers started to investigate packet switching • a technology
that sends a message in portions to its destination asynchronously without
passing it through a centralised mainframe • but having travelled there by
train from where the family were living in Kentish Town, North London,
he was unable to find somewhere for the family to live locally, and so
could not take up the position that he had been offered. Thankfully not
long after, the doctor who was attending Linnie’s brother Terry, who
suffered terribly during the days of the smog in London, arranged for the
family to move to their new home in Borehamwood. When I first started
things technologically related to primary and secondary radar systems,
you can just imagine the conversations that I had with Ron, and it was not
long after I had asked him for his daughter’s hand in marriage, that a
telecommunications network protocol emerged which constituted the
beginnings of the ARPANET, which by 1981 had grown to 213 nodes.
ARPANET eventually merged with other networks to form the INTERNET
and while Internet development was a focus of the Internet Engineering
Task Force (IETF) who published a series of Request for Comment
documents, other networking advancement occurred in industrial
laboratories, such as the local area network (LAN) developments of