Reginald Fessenden and his Christmas broadcast

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by N2RJ, Dec 24, 2020.

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  1. AA1A

    AA1A Ham Member QRZ Page

    Even a Great White needs the community in order to help keep things straight...My neighbor heard that broadcast in 1906, Art Donovan, W1HM, and Fessenden's CE was Adam Stein Jr., who told hi son Adam Stein 3rd, who then told me..
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  2. N5AQM

    N5AQM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks Ria! This begs the question, just how many people were listening back then?

  3. N2RJ

    N2RJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's disputed for sure, but not debunked. There is no conclusive evidence either way. Lee DeForest claimed to be first, but later on it was claimed that Fessenden was the first. The radioworld article doesn't rely upon conclusive evidence, but instead claims that the absence of press coverage means it didn't happen.

    We may never know who was actually first.

    Here is a paper from the IEEE with references:

    And another:

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  4. N2RJ

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    The claim is that ships heard the signals as far as the Caribbean (West Indies). How many, is unknown.
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  5. NJ3H

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    And my Dad, Adam Stein III, N1CVG, told me, his son, George Stein, NJ3H.

    George, NJ3H
    Redmond, Oregon
  6. KA4DPO

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    So all of those coastal and ship board stations heard Fessenden's broadcast of Christmas music and were sooo knocked out by it. If they were so thrilled to hear music and voice, how come not a single one of them made an MP3? o_O:D
  7. KX2T

    KX2T Ham Member QRZ Page

    This whole story is Vaporware, if the said occurrence happened there would have been allot more press about in back in 1907, some people will do anything to attract attention even if its false!
  8. KX2T

    KX2T Ham Member QRZ Page

    BTW who was AB2MH Ria! Ryan Jairam who cancelled his license in 2011 then N2RJ came about as a vanity call a few years later yet you say you were licensed for 19 years ?

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