[AMRadio] A CHRISTMAS EVE RADIO STORY


David Knepper cra at floodcity.net
Fri Dec 24 18:39:40 EST 2004


Great story.  I may place it in the Collins Journal for this issue.

Thank you.

Dave, W3ST
Publisher of the Collins Journal
Secretary to the Collins Radio Association
www.collinsra.com
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Anthony W. DePrato" <wa4jqs at mikrotec.com>
To: "RICH" <redailey at alltel.net>
Cc: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Friday, December 24, 2004 4:11 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] A CHRISTMAS EVE RADIO STORY


>
> >
> >     The year was 1906.  Marconi had already invented the wireless
> > telegraph and land and sea communication networks were being
> > established.  DeForest was attempting to perfect his "audion" (triode)
tube.
> >
> >     Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian inventor and Ernst Alexanderson, a
> > Swedish immigrant, were hard at work in Fessenden's Massachusetts
> > laboratory.  They developed a mechanical device to "alternate" a
> > continuous radio wave. The device consisted of a huge disc that revolved
> > at 20,000 rpm. They had connected it to a transmitter and a microphone,
> > and discovered that they could "modulate" a radio signal!
> >
> >     On Christmas Eve, as wireless operators at land stations and aboard
> > ships off the Massachusetts coast diligently maintained their radio
> > watches by listening to the familiar Morse code signals; they were
> > startled when they suddenly heard voices in their headphones!
> >
> >     They listened spellbound. Then, they heard a woman singing!
Finally,
> > they heard someone playing a violin! It was Fessenden himself...playing
> > the sacred carol "O Holy Night".  No longer would radio sounds be
> > restricted to the "dit's" and "dah's" of the Morse code.
> >
> >     That's how it happened.  Christmas Eve...Nineteen Hundred and Six.
> >
> >73 and the Merriest of Christmases in spite of the weather!
>
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