Wireless Radio: A History

Wireless Radio: A History

by Lewis Coe


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Wireless Radio: A History by Lewis Coe

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786426621
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/08/2006
Edition description: ALT
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

List of Illustrations xi

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

Appendices 175

1. Biographies of Radio Pioneers in the United States 175

2. Marconi's Yacht 179

3. Radio Organizations 180

4. Radio Publications 181

5. FCC, January 9, 1942 181

6. FCC, January 9, 1942 181

7. Order Closing Amateur Radio Stations, April 1917 182

8. Phonetic Word List Used in Radiotelephony 183

9. International “Q” Signals Used in Radiotelegraphy 183

10. Radio Museums 184

11. Citizens Band Frequencies 185

Select Bibliography 187

Index 189

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