Mr. Joseph Tyrell of Hayes, Middlesex, was one of the radio amateurs who picked up?
GV. Mr Tyrell at radio transceiver.
CU. Mr Tyrell listens intently.
CU. Hand adjusts control.
MV. Tyrell adjusts set as he listens.
CU. Hand on control TRACK to Tyrell.
CU. Mrs Tyrell.
CU. Tyrell speaks into mike.
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Background: Mr. Joseph Tyrell of Hayes, Middlesex, was one of the radio amateurs who picked up shortwave transmissions from Ethiopia, Dec 14, giving the first news of the coup d'etat that swept Crown Prince Asfa Wassen to the top, while Emperor Haile Selassie was away on a State visit to Brazil.
A station identifying itself as ET3XY - the call sign of the Adds Ababa Amateur Radio Club - asked for a message to be "passed on to the Ethiopian Embassy because the country was cut off from the outside world".
Mr Tyrell said the Ethiopian amateur stated that a coup d'etat had taken place and the country was "at a crucial point and a very critical state". Another message said the Crown Prince was held "together with the police and his bodyguard in captivity". The calls were put out in English.
In the evening Addis Ababa radio reported that the Crown Prince was in effect heading a new Government which had taken over with the support of the armed forces, the police, and "educated youngsters".