(Source: Southgate ARC)
WWII role of the RSGB and Voluntary Interceptors
A new RSGB web page highlights the role of Voluntary Interceptors in the Second World War and the crucial involvement of the Society
At the outbreak of WWII in 1939 MI5 established a unit known as the Radio Security Service (RSS) to detect and monitor enemy radio transmissions. The RSGB were approached to help pick and recruit radio amateurs with advanced Morse skills. These volunteers became known as the Voluntary Interceptors.
Read the RSGB story at
The former President of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society, Harry Heap G5HF (SK), was a Voluntary Interceptor, further information at
Another BBC account : https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-23162846
In 1979 the BBC produced this portrayal of the service of the VI’s: