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1915 __ Radio vs. Wireless
Comment : « There is no difference between radio and wireless except the spelling. Wireless does not mean sparks, noise, lots of switches and neighborhood feuds. Wireless means communication without the use of wires other than the aerial; the ether and ground taking the place of wires. Radio means exactly the same thing: it is the same process. Now communication by wireless waves may consist of an SOS message from a ship at sea or the communication may be simply the reception of a wheezing soprano. It does not become something different in either spelling or meaning just because you can understand one and can't the other. When broadcasting was being experimented with, back in 1915, they called these experiments "wireless telephone." But today the same thing is being done only on a wholesale basis, and for no reason at all the name has been changed to "radio." But radio is not a new word and its real meaning isn't broadcasting of music or speeches. Radio is simply the process of communication by either voice or telegraphic code by using the ether and ground in place of direct wires. If you think that there's any difference between a radio receiver and a wireless receiver then how do you explain hearing code signals on your so-called "radio"? No, there's no difference; the same circuits that the ships and amateurs use for reception of radio telegraph or wireless telegraph signals will be found in a so-called "radio." So get it straight now, that the thing you have in the living room that makes noises like the victrola is not "a radio," but a "radio receiver," or "wireless receiver"; the two terms are synonymous. The code signals which sometimes justly drown out a political speech should not be called "wireless," for that is too broad a term. Call it "wireless telegraph" or "radio telegraph." The jazz band music you hear is NOT "radio." It is "radio telephone" or "wireless telephone," music. ». (Edward C. Hubert, Radio News, January, 1925, page 1165 Thomas H. White, “Articles and extracts about early radio and related technologies, concentrating on the United States in the period from 1897 to 1927”)
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