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Ace Amplifiers Ltd. (Udisco); Neutral Bay, NSW

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Name: Ace Amplifiers Ltd. (Udisco); Neutral Bay, NSW    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: ace-amp
Products: Model types
Summary:

Ace Amplifiers Ltd.
10 Grosvenor Street, Neutral Bay, NSW

Ace Amplifiers Ltd manufactured radio communications equipment and amplifiers from 1931 till 1940. They held an experimental licence for the development of radio distance measuring device which would be later called Radar.

Founded: 1931
Closed: 1940
Production: 1931 - 1940
History:

Consulting Engineer Ernest Gordon Beard founded the company in September 1931 after he left the Electric Corporation of Australia Ltd. Prior to this he was Chief Engineer at United Distributors Ltd. [1] He was also Consulting Engineer for radio station 2GB. [2]

The company manufactured mobile transceivers for transmission line maintenance for the Lithgow Power Station and the NSW Railways. [3] They also manufactured and installed “Udisco” marine spark transmitter/receivers. [4]

United Distributors Ltd. also used the "Udisco" brand.

In 1938 the company had an experimental licence for the development of a radio distance measuring device by radio echoes. When WW2 broke out the Navy made him destroy all prototypes and records and ordered him to maintain secrecy of the project. In 1947 Beard stated that this partly contributed to the company’s demise. [5]

The company went into liquidation April 1940. [6]

 

[1] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW), Sep 28, 1931, Page 4. 
[2] The Argus (Vic.) May 31, 1927, Page 17.
[3] Daily Mercury (Qld), Nov 16, 1937, Page 8.
[4] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW), Mar 2, 1936, Page 5.
[5] The Age (Vic.), Mar 11, 1947, Page 12.
[6] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Apr 27, 1940, Page 20.

This manufacturer was suggested by Gary Cowans.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  36 Udisco Combined Ship Transmitter/Receiver & Automatic Distr CA   Marine Spark transceiver with one wavelength. 
AUS  36 Udisco Combined Ship Transmitter/Receiver & Automatic Distre AA   Marine transceiver with spark and ICW (Interrupted Continuous Wave) transmission. 
AUS  36 Udisco Combined Ship Transmitter/Receiver & Automatic Distre BA   Marine Spark transceiver with two wavelengths. 

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Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

They also manufactured and installed “Udisco” marine spark transmitter/receivers. Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW), Feb 28, 1936, Page 5.tbn_aus_ace_amp_trx_daily_commercial_news_and_shipping_list_nsw_feb_28_1936_p5.jpg
Manufactured and installed “Udisco” marine spark transmitter/receivers. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Jul 7, 1933 Page 1.tbn_aus_ace_amp_the_sydney_morning_herald_nsw_jul_7_1933_p1.jpg
[3] The company manufactured mobile transceivers for transmission line maintenance for the Lithgow Power Station and the NSW Railways. Daily Mercury (Qld), Nov 16, 1937, Page 8.tbn_aus_ace_amp_daily_mercury_qld_nov_16_1937_page_8.jpg
[2] Beard was a Consulting Engineer for radio station 2GB. The Argus (Vic.) May 31, 1927, Page 17.tbn_aus_ace_amp_the_argus_vic._may_31_1927_page_17.jpg
[5] In 1938 the company had an experimental licence for the development of a radio distance measuring device by radio echoes. When WW2 broke out the Navy made him destroy all prototypes and records and ordered him to maintain secrecy of the project. In 1947 Beard stated that this partly contributed to the company’s demise. The Age (Vic.), Mar 11, 1947, Page 12.tbn_aus_ace_amp_the_age_vic._mar_11_1947_page_12.jpg
[1] Consulting Engineer Ernest Gordon Beard founded the company in September 1931 after he left the position of Chief Engineer at United Distributors Ltd. Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW), Sep 28, 1931, Page 4.tbn_aus_ace_amp_daily_commercial_news_and_shipping_list_nsw_sep_28_1931_p_4.jpg

  
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