One hundred years ago, a network of Marconi wireless operators documented history's most famous shipwreck. Jack Phillips and Harold Bride, the RMS Titanic's radio officers, were usually tasked with sending personal communications for first-class passengers. But on April 14, 1912, they turned their tapping fingers to the CQD distress signal
(and, later in the evening, the relatively new SOS call), using the distinctive slang of their fellow operators to report the wreck, call for help, and indulge in a bit of gallows humor. [more inside]
Edwardian Era Grey Hatting.
How a magician and part time inventor used griefing to expose security flaws in Marconi's radio transmission system, in 1903. [more inside]
Marconi was a fascist anti-Semite
, says The Age. Evidence has emerged that the father of wireless communications blocked all Jews from becoming members of the science-oriented Academy of Italy at the behest of Mussolini, long before Il Duce's racist laws became known to the rest of the world.
100 years ago today, Marconi received the first transatlantic
wireless signal. It was
reported in Nature on Dec 19, 1901
. How's that for an old link?
The first repurcussion of this achievement: legal notice to remove his equipment from Newfoundland
ATC had 2 years left in their 50 year telegraphic monopoly. Plus ça change...
Listen to a real spark gap transmission
at 0200 UTC Dec 13 on 3550 KHz to relive history.