Experience the Titanic Disaster on the Evening of April 14, 1912


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This is an except from Breaking Walls Episode 75: We Are Echoes—The Birth Of Radio (1887 - 1912), available on itunes, and everywhere else you get your podcasts by searching for Breaking Walls, or by going to www.TheWallBreakers.com. By 1912, what we now know as "radio" was still known as "wireless telegraphy," aka wireless morse code dots and dashes. The industry had grown immensely during the first decade of the 20th century, but the lack of regulation to the medium created an atmosphere in which a disaster was waiting to happen. On the evening of April 14, 1912, 375 miles south of New Foundland, on board the RMS Titanic, that disaster occurred. At 11:40PM lookout Frederick Fleet spotted an iceberg immediately ahead and alerted the bridge. First Officer William Murdoch quickly ordered the ship to be steered around the obstacle and the engines to be stopped. It was too late. This is what it felt like to be there. In the aftermath, wireless regulation was created and much of the next 10 years were spent with three entities wrestling for control of the industry: The US Government, small-time innovators and inventors (what we'd think of as HAM operators), and big business.

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