Wireless Radio: A History

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In 1873 Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell first advanced the idea that there might be electromagnetic waves that were similar to light waves, a startling concept to the scientists of his day. About 13 years later, German physicist Heinrich Hertz demonstrated in his laboratory that electromagnetic radiation did indeed exist. But it was not until after Hertz's death that a young Italian named Guglielmo Marconi got the idea for a practical communications system based on ...
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Overview

In 1873 Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell first advanced the idea that there might be electromagnetic waves that were similar to light waves, a startling concept to the scientists of his day. About 13 years later, German physicist Heinrich Hertz demonstrated in his laboratory that electromagnetic radiation did indeed exist. But it was not until after Hertz's death that a young Italian named Guglielmo Marconi got the idea for a practical communications system based on Hertz's work.

Marconi was surprised and disappointed that the Italian government was not interested in his newly discovered wireless communications system, and thus he took his equipment to England. From that point on, the wireless became identified with Britain. From these beginnings, wireless radio became the basis of a revolution that has resulted in the satellite communications of today. This history first looks at Marconi's invention and then explores its many applications, including marine radio, cellular telephones, police and military uses, television and radar. Radio collecting is also discussed, and brief biographies are provided for the major figures in the development and use of the wireless.

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The Italian government wasn't interested in Guglielmo Marconi's wireless communication system, but fortunately for us England had a better vision of the future. Coe's history begins by describing Marconi's invention and then explores its many applications, including marine radio, cellular telephones, police and military uses, television, radar, and today's satellite communications systems. The appendices contain information on radio collecting, brief biographies of the major figures in development of the wireless, and lists of organizations and resources. Includes photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786426621
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/8/2006
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Coe of Crown Point, Indiana, is also the author of The Telephone and Its Several Inventors (1995) and The Telegraph (1993).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Preface 1
1 They Called It Wireless 3
2 Marine Radio 15
3 The Broadcast Boom 26
4 Amateur Radio 40
5 Point to Point 52
6 Potpourri 70
7 On the Move 80
8 Military Radio 90
9 Cellular and Satellite Telephones 103
10 Wireless Transmission of Power 111
11 Television 119
12 Police Radio 127
13 The Morse Code 134
14 The Vast Continent 142
15 Radar 153
16 Collecting 161
Epilogue 172
Glossary 174
App. 1. Biographies of Radio Pioneers in the United States 175
App. 2. Marconi's Yacht 179
App. 3. Radio Organizations 180
App. 4. Radio Publications 181
App. 5. FCC, January 9, 1942 181
App. 6. FCC, January 9, 1942 181
App. 7. Order Closing Amateur Radio Stations, April 1917 182
App. 8. Phonetic Word List Used in Radiotelephony 183
App. 9. International "Q" Signals Used in Radiotelegraphy 183
App. 10. Radio Museums 184
App. 11. Citizens Band Frequencies 185
Select Bibliography 187
Index 189
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