Newcastle’s police wireless handset

Once upon a handset, it was the time NBN news visited

Newcastle’s police wireless station.

Now taken for granted, this was once the cutting-edge of policing and worthy of a local story.

Viewers learnt how radio sets in roaming police cars used dash-mounted handsets, decades before mobile phones arrived.

Details were shared by two-way with a mobile officer, using data from printed cards at the wireless station.

Instant information, fast and mobile policing.

And locals saw it all on NBN news. Our early crews sharing the moments that mattered.