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The History of Radio Dramatic advancements in broadcasting have helped to shape the field of communications as we know it People and communications are constantly changing Communication has always been a part of human life whether it be verbal or non-verbal everyone communicates in some form One of the first and greatest advancements in communications was led by a man generally called the father of radio Guglielmo Marconi Marconi was responsible for the worlds first radio message Eventhough the first broadcast was a short one it was a major advancement The message contained a short series of clicks They had sent a message without wires the message traveled almost one mile It went through empty air not even the hills between them stopped the message The broadcast went out from Marconis transmitter that he built himself and was picked up by a receiver 1700 meters away The receiver was also homemade and operated by his brother Alfonso Douglas 23 After Marconi developed his wireless he took out a patent in 1896 It was not long though before other inventions were being used to make radios with greater sending and receiving power Marconi himself made further important contributions to radio One contribution was he could broadcast radio waves of different lengths or different frequencies That discovery years later led to the AM band and eventually FM and television bands The early radio pioneers had no real laboratories They worked in their homes and garages using what ever materials they could get their hands on Quaker oatmeal cylinders and old baseball bats were common tools Radio amateurs didnt take the radio seriously However the United States Navy took radio very seriously and saw its benefits The navy used radio to link their offshore ships to land Captains could receive up-to-date weather reports and storm warnings 73 Other early radio users were business executives at the United Fruit Company Radio -equipped company ships
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