New CHRS Spark Gear – Through the generosity of Craig Pitcher, the CHRS Museum in Alameda, California has acquired a variety of early spark equipment including some classic Halcun (George Haller and Elmer Cunningham) and Marconi items. Archivist Bart Lee has made it possible to see and read about it here.
Necrology – A listing of SoWP members who had completed “crossing the bar” and become Silent Keys by 1980, with memorial poems of the same names. From The Wireless Register.
General Orders for the Mess Line – Capt. Hedley Morris (USNR, Ret) 195-SGP preserved a humorous take on General Orders dating back to the Great War. See them here.
Wireless Operators Memorial – The Veteran Wireless Operators Memorial in Battery Park, New York, with list of names current as of 2002. A tribute to those who went down to the sea in ships at the telegraph key. Reprinted by kind permission of the Veteran Wireless Operators Association.
Armstrong Thanks – Edwin Howard Armstrong received his first education in radio as he watched Charles R. Underhill patiently drafting solenoid diagrams for one of his books. Armstrong later called him “the man who taught me radio” and sent him autographed, dedicated copies of his papers and patents. See them here.
The George Eccles Story – “A Long-Dead Wireless Operator, George E. Eccles, Gets a Headstone — A Century Later,” by Bart Lee, K6VK. Tells of the first wireless operator to go down with his ship–a hero who saved the lives of many others.
Sykes Obituary – Short biography of Norman Sykes, 332-P, the first Society member in the UK
Even As You and I– Poetry on a life at sea by Anonymous. From Michael Orofino, 1382-PA.
RCA Coastal Stations – Map showing locations of RCA stations and list showing call letters, frequencies, and hours of service. Undated.
Breniman 73 Card – A “73” (regards) card from Wm. Breniman featuring J. Donald Haig’s watercolor of the radio room of the SS Powhatan in 1915
PAA Clipper Radiogram – Want to send a cable from the air next time you’re on the Pan Am Clipper? Use this form
Beckerman COS – Original Certificate of Skill for Ben Beckerman, from 1911.
Twine a Wreath – Benjamin Beckerman’s ode to the radio operators who went down with their ships. First published in the Marconi Service News for January 19, 1917.
Beckerman Waterfront Pass – Needed to access the waterfront in 1918, when fear of sabotage was widespread
Beckerman Strike Certificate – Certificate of Honor from the (ultimately unsuccessful) Commercial Telegraphers’ Union of America strike from Aug – Nov, 1907
Beckerman Lifeboat Certificate – Who knew that one could be a government certified Lifeboat Man?
New Zealand Station List – Which stations could you hear in New Zealand in 1924, and what were their call signs? Find out here.
New Zealand Station List 2 – More stations audible in New Zealand, including some in California!
Kinsley Legal Doc – Part of a legal document by Carl Kinsley on licensing his wireless telegraph system to the US Army Signal Corps
Ray Green Pan Am Notes – SoWP member Ray Green helped set up the earliest Pan Am radio system in South Florida and Havana, but was soon upstaged by Hugo Leuteritz. Here are some highlights from the papers of this shoot-from-the-hip radio pioneer
Song of Wireless – Poetry about King Radio. Author name and original publication information lost.
DeForest Portrait Legend – Legend for the portrait of Dr. Lee DeForest, “The Father of Radio”, at 37, by Henry Dickow
DeForest Portrait Obverse – Back of the DeForest portrait, written by Dickow
McCarty Photo Caption – Legend for photo of Francis McCarty at his transmitter, probably written by Dickow
Eastern Radio Institute 1938 Cover – Cover of booklet advertising Eastern Radio Institute in Boston, alma mater of SoWP member G.W. Bartlett in 1935
HR Mallory FCC License – FCC ship radio license for the Henry R. Mallory, WHCF, issued 9 Jan 1939
Mackay Radio Calendar Jan 1947 – Showing locations of US Mackay Radio stations
Mackay Radiogram Envelope – Enclosed brass plates from Marconi P-8 spark transmitter aboard the HR Mallory
Marconi Stock Prospectus – Prospectus from the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, dated 1906-7