Mr. T. H. Colebourn first started in the radio business in 1924 shortly after the start of public service broadcasting, and manufactured "wireless sets" under the brand name of Cleartone. It all started when as a boy he learned the Morse code in the scouts. Later, after his experiences in the Royal Signals during the First World War, he was convinced that the newly introduced BBC national radio service had to be the way of home entertainment in the future. Most people thought it was just a gimmick, and would never replace the gramophone!
Radio was also his hobby. He set up his own amateur radio transmitter, and was one of the few radio "hams". He certainly was the first in the Isle of Man. His call sign was G2IA .
T. H. Colebourn Ltd became incorporated as a limited Company in 1933. Subsequently though his acquaintance with a Mr. Frank Murphy, became the sole island dealer for Murphy radio receivers. This brand was regarded as the most advanced at that time.
The story is a long one but some of the landmarks in Colebourn’s history since WW2 were:
· Public Address systems for "around the course" coverage of the TT Races.
· Championing the case for a high power radio station to rival Radio Luxembourg, to have been called "Radio Manx". However, this resulted in the establishment of the first Commercial Local station in Britain now known as "Manx Radio"
· Speeding up the local installation of BBC television transmitters, by "demonstrating" a TV Transmitter, relaying to I.O.M. viewers the BBC's coverage of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
(We forgot to switch it off!)
As a Company we have always been the first with new and innovative technology, and for all the products we sell today, we still provide the best island wide backup service, as we have done since October 6th 1924.