New Orders: Orders should be placed with the Membership Secretary & Treasurer John Garner:- Mr J. Garner, 29 Sennen Close, Torpoint, Cornwall. PL11 2JJ UK. Cheques should be made payable to The Radio Officers’ Association.
Please be advised that as of 22nd April the hard cover version of the book is SOLD OUT. As of 10th May all future orders will be filled in the new soft cover version so please place your orders with John Garner as above. I have received a copy of the new version and think it looks very good. Prices are lower than the hard cover and are as follows:-
Existing members (UK) £17.00 including p&p
Member in Europe and Overseas £20.00 including p&p
Non members (UK) £22.00 but this will be reduced to £17.00 if you join (you know it makes sense)
Non members (overseas) £27.00 reduced to £22.00 if you join.
Update 19th March 2013
The success of the book has pretty much staggered all of us. It has been universally well received both domestically and internationally and is the subject of continuous positive (indeed rave) reviews. Allowing for the fact that we just made Christmas 2012 deliveries for the majority and today is 19th March 2013 we have now sold well over 500 copies of our initial hard cover run of 600. In fact as of today we have only 25 copies left for general sale. To be honest this is beyond our wildest dreams. We are in the highly unexpected position of perhaps even having to consider a re-print and that was never on the radar in the early days. I have to advise you that if we do get ourselves in this position any re-print will be in SOFT cover format as we will be using what in the trade is called ‘short run digital’. This allows us to order in much smaller quantities on an as required basis. If you are sitting on the fence and particularly want hard copy you had better get your order in very quickly.
Update 8th January 2013
We have gradually become aware over Christmas and New Year that not all Irish and Continental members have received their copies of the book. We are not yet aware of any problems with overseas deliveries as these will obviously take longer to reach their recipients. John Garner and I have at long last got to the bottom of what is going on after many emails and telephone calls. It appears that some Irish and Continental books were not despatched pre Christmas as we were promised. The books were printed in one place and sent to another to be bound. A variety of technical problems and/or excuses have been put forward but the most significant one is that the guillotine packed up. As you might imagine this is used to trim the stock to size and from my historical experience you are stuffed without one. They are very large and expensive and there is no hope of replacing one over the festive season. Apparently there was a bereavement as well but I am not sure the two things were related! The bottom line is it should be sorted at the very latest by the start of next week and deliveries will recommence. Please accept my apologies for the delay in receiving your books but this has been beyond our control and it has been frustrating trying to establish the truth. If it is any consolation you have my assurance the book will be worth waiting for.
Latest Update: 2nd January 2013
Hallelujah! Published at last and the pictures above prove it. It was a close run thing but we got all the UK orders to members before Christmas and the Irish and Continental members should have got theirs before New Year. All sorts of problems right up to the end but we are enormously encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response from members. People have been universal in their praise and the Editors have been delighted with the positive comments coming their way. For those of you that haven’t read the book yet then I think you have something to look forward to. On behalf of all the Editors we are very pleased you like this version but do not even think of raising the subject of a follow up.