Tag Archives: history

The Victorians were Rocked to their Socks

Methods of communicating over long distances advanced surprisingly little from the days of the Roman Empire to the start of the nineteenth century. Although beacons and semaphores were occasionally used, the speed at which information could be transmitted was typically … Continue reading

Posted in Telecom Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off

Who REALLY Invented the Telephone?

As any quiz enthusiast will tell you, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. He was awarded a patent for the telephone in 1876, and he and his fledgling telephone company successfully defended that patent against more than 600 legal challenges … Continue reading

Posted in Telecom Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

The First Wireless Telephone

On 3rd June 1880, Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first wireless telephone message using his newly-invented “Photophone”. The Photophone contained a flexible mirror that vibrated in response to the speaker’s voice. When sunlight was projected on to the mirror, the … Continue reading

Posted in Telecom Ramblings | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

Ramblings

This is a blog about the history of telecoms.   Share this: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend

Tagged , | Leave a comment

A Festive Story from the History of Radio

The important role played by Guglielmo Marconi in the development of radio technology has rather obscured the achievements of other radio pioneers, and the Canadian Reginald Fessenden has been sadly overlooked. While Marconi focused on radio telegraphy, Fessenden looked for … Continue reading

Posted in Telecom Ramblings | Tagged , , | Comments Off

Portrait Gallery

As soon as a decision is made to include pictures in a book, difficult choices have to be made about which pictures to include and which to leave out. In some cases, the decision was taken out of my hands. … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Synopsis

Here’s a brief summary of each chapter. Chapter 1:  The Birth of an Industry This chapter chronicles the early years of the electric telegraph. It starts with the chaotic scenes in the US congress when – after many setbacks – Samuel … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Interview

    What are your favourite sports and hobbies? My work involves spending far too much time sitting in meetings or working on a computer, so I like leisure pursuits that involve fresh air and exercise. I’m keen on backpacking … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Biography

I can’t really believe that many people will be interested in this, but I’m told that an author’s website needs a biography – so here goes. I can’t tell you about all the books I’ve written, because I’ve only written … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Welcome!

Hello. Welcome to my website. I’m Andrew Wheen, and I’ve recently published a book on the history of telecoms. If you use a mobile phone or surf the Internet, then this book should be of interest to you. If telecoms … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off