Monday, March 18, 2013

The first wave

By PRINCE FREDERICK on the city's first radio broadcasting transmitter

The Government Museum on Pantheon's Road, Egmore, provides evidence to the
contrary: a huge radio broadcasting transmitter (visit
chennaimuseum.orgfor details) bearing the trademark of Walter Rogers &
Company, on display
at the museum, is the surviving symbol of an effort, largely orchestrated
by amateur radio operators, to keep 'experimental radio broadcast' going in
Madras. As part of this exercise, the very first transmission in Madras
went out from this instrument through the call sign 2GR, on July 31, 1924.

[Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi, Via dx_india YG]