October 1932 Radio News
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio &
Television News, published 1919 - 1959. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
Shipboard radio operators have been
a crucial part of commercial and military transport since first being implemented in
the early 20th century. Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company's operators
(John "Jack" Phillips and Harold Bride) onboard the
RMS Titanic are credited for saving the ship after it ran into an iceberg
in the north Atlantic, as are the radio operators aboard the
RMS Lusitania after
German U-boats mercilessly torpedoed it. Today's sailing vessels, as well as aircraft,
are as reliant upon skillful radio operators and radio equipment as back then. Much has
been automated, but ultimately it is the human element in the communications chain that
determine the fate of the mission.
Master of His Domain
board" the radio operator is recognized as an officer of his ship with almost as much
responsibility for his passengers as the captain. In his cabin, surrounded by complicated
radio apparatus of all varieties, he is supreme. Every soul aboard relies on him for
contact with the outside world, for weather reports, storm warnings, news and emergency
messages. This is the radio cabin of the Discovery II, showing the long and short-wave
transmitters and receivers of types easily recognizable at once by the well-informed
Posted November 16, 2018