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Introduction to Wireless Systems by Frederick C. Berry, David R. Voltmer, Bruce A. Ferguson, Philip S. DiPiazza, Bruce A. Black

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Chapter 1. Introduction

Overview

On the night of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic, en route from Southampton, England, to New York, struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic. Over fifteen hundred lives were lost when the ship went down, but fortunately for the more than seven hundred passengers and crew who were able to find accommodation in the ship’s lifeboats, the Titanic was equipped with a wireless system. The Titanic’s wireless included a 5 kW rotary spark transmitter built by the Marconi Wireless Company. Distress calls were heard by a number of ships at sea, including the Carpathia that arrived on the scene of the disaster several hours later, in time to rescue the survivors.

The wireless traffic between the Carpathia and shore stations ...

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