Wireless so­ci­ety keep­ing the Mar­coni leg­end alive

Cape Breton Post - - REFLECTIONS - BY GREG MCNEIL

“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.”

Visit www.cb­wire­less.ed­net.ns. ca for more in­for­ma­tion.

Sub­mit­ted by Mary MacLeod

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.

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