The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 3 (June 1, 1936)
The Radio and Sport
The Radio and Sport.
When H. B. Toft was selected as a hooker for England in a recent Rugby match he received innumerable congratulatory messages, but the one he prized most came by radio from Brandy Bay. It read: “Congratulations, good luck in match,” and was signed “Moss.” The sender was R. Moss, a school contemporary of Toft's. Nothing thrilling about that, is there? But wait a minute—. Moss is a member of the Oxford University Arctic Expedition to North-east Island. The party consists of ten men with a base camp at Brandy Bay, but Moss and one companion have established a camp of two on the ice about forty miles inland—(or in-ice?)—where they are conducting physical research into the nature of the ice. They are completely isolated for fourteen months, and from March to the end of April Moss was alone living in a hole bored in the ice, while his companion, was away on another task of research. The only means of communicating with the main party, and the outside world, was by wireless. The batteries were charged daily by suspending a bicycle and pedalling, the back wheel geared to a small dynamo. The names of the English team reached Moss over his radio, and
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