Over 50 people applied for tickets to this event (40 max) which was located just south of London City Airport.
The Members and Guests who took part “toured the centre and had an opportunity to play with a collection of hands on technology exhibits”. A letter from one of the attendees (Mr H R Beber) states…. “an excellent visit, had no idea what to expect – turned out to be most interesting”
A substantial Hot and Cold Buffet was provide by BT £5.00 per person
Fantail Prawns with pepper and herbs
Cajun Chicken with Peanut or Szechuan Sauce
Chocolate Rum and Raisin Mousse
London’s first satellite earth station was opened on a 3.5 acre site in Pier Road, North Woolwich near the old King George V Dock in Dockland 10 years earlier in 1984. It was designed to handle two main areas of satellite telecommunications business: the demand for business services from the City and the provision of transmission facilities for satellite television and radio companies.
The Teleport began operations in February, transmitting commercial cable TV broadcasts using the European Communications Satellite (ECS). It was originally called the London North Woolwich Earth Station, but was renamed the London Teleport in April, coinciding with an official visit by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. It was opened officially in October 1984
The Teleport was sited in North Woolwich because, with the Thames at its southern boundary, the site was protected from any future high rise development which might impede the clear outlook required by the antennas to transmit and receive signals to and from satellites. The area was also free from any radio interference.
The London Teleport was the hub of BT’s international SatStream service, videoconferencing and several other specialised satellite services from computer data transfer, facsimile transmission, telex and telephone communications over private leased lines.
With over 50 participants and the nominal charge the Club was able to donate BT £125.00p to a Charity of BT’s choice – Children in Need.