Calling Cobb Island …

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As discussed in “Wireless Telephones: ‘New and Useless?’“, Cobb Island, Md., was the site of the first wireless radio transmission back in 1900 — an event as important as the first telephone call in 1876 (by Alexander Graham Bell — “Mr. Watson, come here …”). I happened to visit Cobb Island last year, where I snapped this picture. Reginald Fessenden’s work 113 years ago led to wireless ship-to-shore radio communications, commercial radio and ultimately today’s mobile phones and the Internet.

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September 13, 2013 · 5:31 pm

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