[AMRadio] Re: Your comments about AM


Brian Carling bcarling at cfl.rr.com
Mon Jan 16 17:44:37 EST 2006


What was Martin Cooper's amateur radio callsign? 
Does anyone know? Probably a KN2 if anything!

On 16 Jan 2006 at 17:09, peter markavage wrote:

> Cell Phone History - 2 meters isn't mentioned:
> http://www.cellular4.com/phone/history.htm
> Briefly:
> "AT&T's research arm, Bell Laboratories, introduced the idea of cellular
> communications in 1947. But Motorola and Bell Labs in the sixties and
> early seventies were in a race to incorporate the technology into
> portable devices.
> 
> Martin Cooper, known by many as the father of the cellular phone. Hired
> by Motorola in 1954, Mr. Cooper worked on developing portable products,
> including the first portable handheld police radios, made for the Chicago
> police department in 1967. He then led Motorola's cellular research.
> 
> On April 3, 1973, at a public demonstration and using a heavy 30-ounce
> phone, Martin Cooper placed the first cell phone call to his rival at
> AT&T's Bell Labs from the streets of New York City. Mr. Cooper commented,
> "As I walked down the street while talking on the phone, sophisticated
> New Yorkers gaped at the sight of someone actually moving around while
> making a phone call. Remember that in 1973, there weren't cordless
> telephones, let alone cellular phones. I made numerous calls, including
> one where I crossed the street while talking to a New York radio reporter
> - probably one of the more dangerous things I have ever done in my life."
> 
> 
> Lots more info on cell phone history; just google it.
> 
> Pete, wa2cwa
> 
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Jim Isbell, W5JAI" <jim.isbell at gmail.com>
> > To: <bcarling at cfl.rr.com>; "Discussion of AM Radio"
> > <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> > Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2006 20:28 PM
> > Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Re: Your comments about AM
> > 
> > 
> > > Well, the concept of cellular phones was taken from the 2 meter 
> > ham
> > > community.  I remember having a keypad on my 2 meter hand held and 
> > an
> > > autodial capability in the repeater long before cell phones were 
> > even
> > > heard of.  It used to amaze my non ham friends that I could call 
> > home
> > > while driving down the highway....not so impressive anymore.
> > >
> > > On 1/15/06, Brian Carling <bcarling at cfl.rr.com> wrote:
> > > > Maybe I missed something...
> > > > OK name something recent that was an innovation that
> > > > radio amateur came up with that advanced the radio art.
> > > >
> > > > On 13 Jan 2006 at 16:32, Grant Youngman wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > > NO ONE in amateur radio "advances the technological art"
> > > > > > these days. They haven't done so for many years.
> > > > >
> > > > > Maybe you're just not paying attention?
> > > > >
> > > > > Grant/NQ5T
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