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Continuous Wave: Technology and American Radio, 1900-1932

by Hugh Aitken Princeton University Press
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Hbk 608 pages
AU$459.00 NZ$469.57
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Hugh Aitken describes a critical period in the history of radio, when continuous wave technology first made reliable long-distance wireless communication possible and opened up opportunities for broadcasting voice and music.

Originally published in 1985.

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  • FrontMatter, pg. i
  • Contents, pg. v
  • Plates, pg. vii
  • Figures, pg. ix
  • Acknowledgments, pg. xi
  • Chronology of Events in The Continuous Wave, pg. xv
  • ONE. Prologue, pg. 1
  • TWO. Fessenden and the Alternator, pg. 28
  • THREE. Elwell, Fuller, and the Arc, pg. 87
  • FOUR. De Forest and the Audion, pg. 162
  • FIVE. Radio, Cables, and the National Interest, pg. 250
  • SIX. "An American Radio Company", pg. 302
  • SEVEN. The Formation of RCA. Part 1: Washington and New York, pg. 355
  • EIGHT. The Formation of RCA. Part 2: London and Jersey City, pg. 387
  • NINE. Expansion and Integration, pg. 432
  • TEN. RCA in Transition, pg. 480
  • ELEVEN. Epilogue, pg. 514
  • APPENDIX. Contract for Establishment of High Power Radio Service, pg. 563
  • Index, pg. 573