THE SOCIETY OF WIRELESS PIONEERS ARCHIVE
Today we reached our 500th catalog entry!
99% have been scanned, of which 99% can be found on this website. So look around as we race for a clean 1000 in 2019.
Forget Sennheisers! What the discriminating wireless operator needed for his or her listening enjoyment was a Brandes “matched tone” headset. View the 1916 Brandes catalog here.
Hugo Gernsback’s “The Evolution of Radio“, from the Electro Importing Company to millimeter waves and radio on the moon! Courtesy of the Proceedings of the Radio Club of America
1920 Simon Radio Catalog – Emil J Simon says that modern-day radios are so different from early ones that Marconi would barely recognize them (?). It would be foolish to buy from a company just because it was first. Simon offers best price and performance, and equipped the US and French military in WWI. Close-ups of some of their sets are shown here.
More Marconiana – Photos of the Poldhu station, history of the South Wellfleet station, and more
Letters – Bill Breniman on unions, and George Meister on hearing loss and a disaster at sea
PAA Mackay Radiogram – Boarded your Pan Am Clipper flight and realized you needed to send a radiogram? Use this form.
Bolinas – Documents related to and photos of Marconi’s High Power Station at Bolinas, CA (with receiving station at Marshall, CA) being constructed in 1913. Find out what the “Hotel de Gink” was…
New Photos – KPH, first trans-Pacific “phone” call, more…
“Nowadays” Cartoon – Who’s more important, the Captain or the Marconi man?
JJ Fahie on Marconi’s Method – How does the Marconi system work? Is Nikola Tesla about to introduce a wireless telegraph system that will “stagger humanity”? Find out in this 1902 book extract.
We offer a tribute to Benjamin Beckerman (1886-1975), DeForest pioneer, longtime maritime radio operator (and mentor to many), and union president. See his Certificate of Skill, other certificates, and roles in saving lives. See his photos with Dr. DeForest and other notables, and at the Wireless Operators Memorial in Battery Park, NY. Also, his poem dedicated to those who went down to the sea at the telegraph key.
Member applications of wireless pioneers Leslie Grogan, Karl Baarslag, George Hubbard, Arthur Johnson, and Ray Newby
SS Frank H Buck – Run aground near Pacific Grove, California on May 3, 1924, sailors “could walk ashore without getting their feet wet”
Early Wireless Downunder – In 1924 SoWP member Charles Biele, 768-P, travelled to Australia and New Zealand as radio operator aboard the Tredinnick. While there, he DX’d KGO, got a list of local stations and their callsigns, and picked up Australian and New Zealand radio periodicals that provide a fascinating glimpse of early broadcast enthusiast excitement and amateur operator fears. Check these out and just try to get “Waltzing Mathilda” out of your head!
New Marconiana – Tour Marconi House London in 1912 and read why a scantily clad lady sits atop a ship’s aerial. (No, the sailors did not chase her up there.) From The Marconigraph.
World Wireless Beacon Spring 2005 – Waldo Boyd on winding down the Society of Wireless Pioneers and more. Issue donated by Dr. Hessel Kooistra, 3345-M
Donald deNeuf Member Application – Society President, well known ham radio enthusiast, writer, and fixture at the old Press Wireless. Read about his career here.
Three Wireless Pioneers Walk into a Bar – A photo of oldtimers Jack Irwin, Howard Cookson, and Les Byrne at a San Francisco watering hole in 1955 leads to history and adventure
The Kinsley Report: Wireless Telegraph Behavior in San Francisco in 1900 – Physicist, engineer, and inventor Carl Kinsley presumably set up the first wireless radiotelegraph link on the Pacific Coast, communicating between Fort Mason and Fort Alcatraz for the Army Signal Corps in 1900. See his biography and report, documents, letters relating thereto, and photos that you won’t find anywhere else
For the King’s Cup – It’s radio operator versus radio operator as they use every trick in the book and then some to give their yachts any slight advantage in the race across the Atlantic for the 1928 King’s Cup. True story by Kenneth Upton, 512-P.
Breniman Autobiography – The life and times of Society of Wireless Pioneers founder William A. Breniman, written at the age of 91
A Romp Through the SoWP Archives – CHRS deputy archivist Bob Rydzewski’s presentation to the California Historical Radio Society on December 15, 2018, now available on video. And remember, if you throw tomatoes at the screen you will only be hurting yourself!
“Hero” by Mario Spagna – Adventure and romance in the days when the way to a girl’s heart was through the wireless set. Well-written original fiction by SoWP member Mario Spagna, 67-SGP
More Marconiana – Photos of Marconi and his Babylon, Long Island station taken from lantern slides. See the paper tape pileup! Other photos of Marconi equipment plus rare documents.
Many New Photos! – Rare Annaka receivers and tubes, many photos of DeForest and DeForest wireless equipment, Zenith co-founder RHG Mathews in New Guinea, stations NAI Philadelphia, OHX New York, and more
New Watercolors – Radio room watercolors by SoWP member J. Donald Haig, 1836-SGP
1920 Annaka Radiotelegraph Catalog – Long before there was Sony, another Tokyo company was producing fine radio receivers, transmitters, and even their own vacuum tubes. Bet you’ll never find their catalog anywhere else…
Ray Green Pan Am Notes – SoWP member Ray Green helped set up Pan Am’s earliest radio system. Read about it here.
Ray Green 1928 Diary – The trials and tribulations of early aviation radio in South Florida
Fall River Line – Breaking into wireless at 16 on Massie-equipped steamboats back in 1913 by spark gap pioneer Ray Green
RMS Lusitania Letterhead – “Not much of this going around,” says Arthur Jacoby, 62-P
Marconiana! – Two new Marconi Service News issues and a Marconi Wireless School pamphlet, all from 1916
Recent photos – Early Pan American Grace radio operations in Peru; About Arthur Jacoby
Music for the Brasspounder – What one heard through one’s headphones as Radio Officer aboard Pan Am’s China Clipper, by Floyd Penning, 3060-P
Read about the first Chinese-American radioman in the United States Navy and his adventures in the 3 files below: