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May 17, 2009

The Radio and First Broadcast

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Radio owes its development to two other inventions, the telegraph and the telephone, all three technologies are closely related. Radio technology began as "wireless telegraphy" However, it all started with the discovery of "radio waves" - electromagnetic waves that have the capacity to transmit music, speech, pictures and other data invisibly through the air. Many devices work by using electromagnetic waves including: radio, microwaves, cordless phones, remote controlled toys, television broadcasts, and more.

Nikola Tesla's original concept was demonstrated in his famous lecture at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1893. The four circuits, used in two pairs, are still a fundamental part of all radio and television equipment.

Nikola Tesla patented the basic system of radio in 1896. His published schematic diagrams describing all the basic elements of the radio transmitter which was later used by Marconi.

In 1896 Tesla constructed an instrument to receive radio waves. He experimented with this device and transmitted radio waves from his laboratory on South 5th Avenue. to the Gerlach Hotel at 27th Street in Manhattan. The device had a magnet which gave off intense magnetic fields up to 20,000 lines per centimeter. The radio device clearly establishes his piority in the discovery of radio.

Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor, proved the feasibility of radio communication. He sent and received his first radio signal in Italy in 1895. By 1899 he flashed the first wireless signal across the English Channel and two years later received the letter "S", telegraphed from England to Newfoundland. This was the first successful transatlantic radiotelegraph message in 1902.

The first extended broadcast of the human voice was transmitted through the air on December 24, 1906 from Brant Rock, Massachusetts. A Canadian engineer, Reginald Fessenden, had worked for Thomas Edison in his New Jersey Laboratory, and later became a professor at the University of Pittsburgh.


Sandy said...

When I voted on your music I got a warning from my virus protection that your file was infected. Thought you'd want to know.

No, I didn't know about the chickens and space.

Blogupped my way here

Sandy said...

Didn't want to spend time on your page previously with that virus warning, so came back again today.

So far so good, though I am not clicking on the music thing again.

Can you imagine the excitement when people in one place could hear voices in another...that long ago. We take for granted all the technology now days, it must have truly seemed like magic, probably black magic back in the day.


Shirley said...

I'm sure some of the older people thought it was the work of the devil. LOL But we seem to take everything in stride, no fear or amusement in things we can't understand.