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TELECOM FIRSTS - APRIL 23, 2003

 

If you look carefully, you can see a zillion antennae on Liberty One.

  

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I am in the process of compiling a list of the first messages or signals transmitted over the various forms of telecomm links known to us today. Here is what I have thus far.

 

:: First Wire-line Telegraph - "What hath god wrought!"

On May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse sent those words from The Bible, Numbers 23:23, from Washington D.C to Baltimore.

 

:: First Wire-line Telephone - "Mr. Watson, come here; I want you."

On 10th March, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell spoke those words to summon his assistant. 

 

:: First Wireless Telegraph - "S"

Guglielmo Marconi received three dots, "...", Morse for "S", on December 12th, 1901. This was the first trans-Atlantic radio transmission. I am not sure what was the first ever "regular" radio transmission that Marconi made. But I am pretty sure it was made sometime in 1895.

 

:: First Radio Voice Transmission - "one - two - three - four, is it snowing where you are Mr. Thiessen? If it is, would you telegraph back to me?"

Reginald Aubrey Fessenden spoke those words on December 23rd, 1900, from a site on Cobb Island in the middle of the Potamac River near Washington.

 

:: First TV Transmission - John Logie Baird, in 1924, managed to transmit a silhouette of a Maltese cross two or three yards to a receiver.

 

:: First Satellite Broadcast - I am almost sure, that the second transmission over a Satellite link was President Eisenhower's photograph, on 19th August, 1960. This signal was bounced off the first ever communications satellite, ECHO-1. This was of course a passive satellite. I am yet to find out about the first satellite transmission.

 

:: First E-mail Message - "QWERTYIOP"

Ray Tomlinson, in late 1971, sent "QWERTYIOP", to himself.

 

:: First Cell Phone Call - The first ever cellular call was made by Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola to Joel Engel, then Head of Research, Bell Labs, in April 1973. I have also heard from other sources that the first cellular call was actually made machine-to-machine!

 

This list may not be very accurate. I collected all this information from various websites, not all of them were authorities in this field. If you have any corrections, suggestions or comments ... go right ahead!

 

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