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Watkins-Johnson &
Communication Electronics, Inc

This is one public window to my ongoing research into Watkins-Johnson and
Communication Electronics, Inc and the history of American telemetry
and surveillance equipment manufacturers (COMINT, SIGINT and ELINT).
For other companies please see my Black Radios website.

New on the WJ & CEI Site

CEI logoApril 2, 2016 - Added a scan of my article on the CEI RS-111 receiver used in Watergate. The radio that James McCord purchased with $3000 in cash from Richard Nixon's Committee to Re-Elect the President. This can be found on the publications page.
Nems logoApril 2, 2016 - Added a scan of my article on Allen S. Clarke, the founder of Clarke Instruments, President of Nems-Clarke and a behind the scenes founder and mentor to Communications Electronics, Inc, which eventually became the Gaithersburg branch of Watkins-Johnson. This can be found on the publications page.
WJ logo
July 15th, 2014 - The remnants of WJ, now owned by Finnmeccannia (via DRS) will abandon the Quince Orchard Road facility this summer. WJ commissioned that building and occupied it in 1973. Forty-one years of amazing radio history occurred there.
CEI logo
July 12th, 2014 - Rewritten CEI History page including 1962 photo of original plant in Bethesda, MD.See the CEI History page here.

Please Help - Documents Sought for Research

Do you have or know where to find newsletters, annual reports, sales literature and other documents from black radio manufacturers?

Publications like these contain valuable information for the research I am doing. Interviews are great, but nothing pins down dates, locations and other specifics like these publications. I only need scans of the documents. If you can help, please let me know. watkins-johnson at terryo org

Newsletters are incredible historical resources.
If you have documents like these please contact me.
WJ Newsletter early
The WJ Newsletter was published from Dec 1963
until the company dissolved..
Printed Circuit
An employee published newsletter from WJ Gaithersburg.
WJ 1971 Annual Report
I seek annual reports from CEI and other companies.
SP Reader Short-lived publication from WJ Gaitherburg. Well done and containing good historical information on this plant's work.

If you have documents like these, I only need good scans or photocopies for my research. Please contact me.

CEI Employee Handbook
Other publications are also useful.


Did you work for any manufacturer of black radios?

If you worked for Clarke Instruments, Nems-Clarke, Defense Electronics, Inc, Communication Electronics, Inc, Watkins Johnson, Astro Communication Labs, Aiken, Norlin, General Electronics Laboratories, Ling Temco Vought, Mason, Microtel, Regco, or if you worked for any other Watkins-Johnson subsidiary, acquisition, spin off or competitor, please contact me: watkins-johnson at terryo dot org

If you worked for a company not listed in these pages, please contact me. I first heard about companies like Interad, Melpar and General Electronics Laboratories from readers, usually former employees, who contacted me.

For manuals, parts or service work try the links on the resources page.

I do not sell or broker equipment, manuals or service work.
I am not a clearinghouse for information or documentation.
Most of this equipment is rare and documentation and/or software is even more rare.
Please do not be offended if I do not respond to your e-mail.
I receive many requests, often with apologies and pleas of desperation.

This site is also gathering size and becoming unwieldy to edit.
If you see anything wrong or find any broken links, please let me know.
Contact me at watkins-johnson at terryo dot org

Entire WJ Information site is © 2014 by Terry O'Laughlin