Up with Fessenden, down with Marconi
Mon Oct 4 11:21:52 EDT 2010
Well said. Fessenden derves a lot more credit for early wireless
James O'Neal (of Radio World and TV technology fame) has written articles
on the contibutions of Reginald Fessenden and his understanding of the
continuous wave. His pieces have appeared in the AWA Review and possibly he was
the author of the IEEE piece. Well worth reading.
The surviving documentation, according to James, concerning the Christmas
Eve transmission, is inconclusive about the exact date and what was broadcast.
This was based on extensive research at the North Carlolina family
archives from newspaper stories.
A letter by Fessenden to Scientific American years later asks for
confirmation of the Christmas Eve event. O'Neal believes, at least in private
conversation, that Fessenden was suffering from Alzheimer's then.
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