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
"On 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 operator
Posted September 12, 2014