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The Story of an Old Timer: Wireless Ship Act

J. Howard Dellinger
J. Howard Dellinger

Then, in 1909, Dr. J. Howard Dellinger was hired. At first he worked in the Electricity Department doing "temperature coefficient of copper" work - but soon moved to do wireless work.

The next important event was in 1910 when Congress passed the Wireless Ship Act. This seems to be the point where the shorter term "radio" began to be used.

Wireless Ship Act

Passed in 1910, requiring all ships of the United States traveling over two-hundred miles off the coast and carrying over 60 passengers to be equipped with wireless radio equipment with a range of one-hundred miles. The legislation was prompted by a shipping accident in 1909, where a single wireless operator saved the lives of 1,200 people.


Created February 28, 2017, Updated November 15, 2019