Former Mill Hill pupil, Cecil Goyder, made the first two-way radio communication between Britain and New Zealand from the Mill Hill School Science School on 18th October 1924. Station 2SZ also made contact with Australia, USA, China, India, Hong Kong and the Macmillan Expedition crossing the Arctic Circle in 1925. Goyder went on to have a distinguished career in radio, and also supervised the installation of the first passenger computer for British Overseas Airways Corporation (now British Airways). He was awarded the CBE in 1938.
To commemorate the 90th anniversary of this historic contact, Mill Hill School is hosting working amateur radio stations from 11th to 18th October, organised by the Radio Society of Great Britain. The stations are contacting many of the 3.5 million other radio amateurs around the globe during this week. They are also trying to recreate the first Goyder contact on a wavelength close to that used in 1924. Pupils will be able to visit the radio station, speak to the operators, and even speak over the air.
As well as events surrounding the radio station, the School is also celebrating the evolution of communication and how we interact and connect with people in this day and age.
Pupils from Mill Hill and Belmont are involved in workshops and activities including a debate on “has the internet gone too far” and making a newscast for Belmont news.