An Adventure In Communications

By Paul Fleck VE3HTF

By Paul Fleck VE3HTF

Over the years many of us as Ham operators have exercised our curiosity and some say our wallets to build, buy and operate various devices that enable us to reach out and talk to fellow hobbyists.
I was intrigued by such enthusiasts and curiosity seekers since attending the Lawfield Public School in Hamilton, Ontario those many years ago (1960s). I was introduced to Amateur Radio by Mark Gibson, VE3MWH, and his father Glenn Gibson, VE3FHQ. Although at that time I knew nothing about Ham radio, there was a mystery to be solved, how could someone talk to places far away without a telephone? VE3FHQ had the answers and I had the questions!
Mark and I traversed the stairs, over the wires, squeeze between boxes and enter the inner sanctum. I would watch as Glenn operated a phone patch for the ALERT station up on Ellesmere Island, or pound out C.W. and then to my amazement, read back what someone else was sending to him! There is a long history attached to VE8At later to be renamed VE8RCS. If you are interested in the ALERT story, click here
The shack as I can recall was a mess of wires, boxes, lots of radio magazines and had a glow about it from the warmed up tubes inside the radios and alike. I am endeavoring to this day to have a Shack with the same personality though I think the Mrs. might have something to say about it! I digress as my intention is to bring to those of us who consider themselves such experimenters, curiosity seekers, Amateur Radio operators the story of twenty five scientific icons in our midst. No less than twenty four men and one woman have brought to the field of science the critical thought processes, the experiments, patents and successes that brought wireless radio to us.I will be publishing on a regular basis the story of each member of this distinguished group. Some you will recognize, some you may not.

Our Distinguished Guests: Michael Faraday – 22 September, 1791 – 25 August, 1867; Mahlon Loomis – 21 July, 1826 – 13 October, 1886; David Edward Hughes – 16 May, 1831 – 22 January, 1900; James Clerk Maxwell -13 June, 1831 – 5 November, 1879; Wilhelm Von Bezold – 21 June, 1837 – 17 February, 1907; Edouard Branly – 23 October, 1844 – 24 March, 1940; Thomas Alva Edison – 11 February, 1847 – 18 October, 1931; Alexander Graham Bell – 3 March, 1847 – 2 August, 1922; John Ambrose Fleming – 29 November, 1849 – 18 April, 1945; Karl Ferdiand Braun – 6 June, 1850 – 20 April, 1918; Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge – 12 June, 1851 – 22 August, 1940; Julio Cervera Baviera – 26 January, 1854 – 1929; Charles Summer Tainter – 25 April, 1854 – 20 April, 1940; Nikola Tesla – 10 July, 1856 – 7 January, 1943; Heinrich Rudolf Hertz – 22 February, 1857 – 1 January, 1894; Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose – 30 November, 1858 – 23 November, 1937; Alexander Stepanovich Papov – 16 March, 1859 – 31 December, 1905; Nathan Stubblefield – 22 November, 1860 – 28 March, 1928; Father Roberto Landell de Moura – 21 January, 1861 – 30 June, 1928; Reginald Fessenden – 6 October, 1866 – 22 July, 1932; Ernest Rutherford – 30 August, 1871 – 19 October, 1937; Guglielmo Marconi – 25 April, 1874 – 20 July, 1937; Ms. Hedy Lamarr – 9 November, 1913 – 19 January, 2000.

I would invite any comments or observations you might have regarding the articles and look forward to learning more about the works of those before us that have enabled us to practice communicating without wires.

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