Wireless society keeping the Marconi legend alive
“The big thing is the Sydney Amateur Radio Club going into the schools in Glace Bay and demonstrating to the students how the wireless telegraphy worked. And then letting the students practice on it.”
She’d also like to see a local school partner with schools in Bologna, Italy, Clifton, Ireland, and Poldhu, England.
“They could send each other messages and also perhaps they could do a little history project.”
The local non-profit group is also attempting to purchase and preserve the Marconi Towers station as a heritage site.
It was once the North American terminus of the transatlantic service and the home of Marconi while the station was being built and tested.
“We want to establish a fund to save the Marconi House in Glace Bay. It is just in the talking stages, but we are committed to doing it. We’ve been trying for years to raise money through government agencies. Now we are going to expand our efforts.”
At the recent 100th anniversary celebration of Marconi’s Nobel Prize in physics, descendants of the inventor discussed the importance of preserving Marconi’s equipment. Some of that equipment remains in his former residence.
“The house is deteriorating as is the condenser building, which is what is extremely important. That is where these vacuum tubes are located. The big worry is that the artifacts will be destroyed.”
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Ice-covered wires continually bedevilled Guglielmo Marconi during his experiments in this area. A day of silver thaw is shown at the Table Head station. Marconi is the third person from the left.