new research tangent on Richard Florac, the first pager and the Hastings Jr. two-tube pocket fm radio yet they are all related to each other...

John Dilks - K2TQN oldradio at WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Sun May 11 18:56:49 EDT 2003

At 03:40 PM 5/11/03 -0700, ed sharpe wrote:
>motorola was an early player, but not as early as Florac.
>where can I get more on  Fessenden?
>Thanks Ed Sharpe archivist for SMECC

Hi Ed,

There was much written about Fessenden.  Two of the best are his bio by his
Wife, "Fessenden, Builder of Tomorrows by Helen Fessenden, Coward McCann,
1940" - and "Radio's First Voice by Ormond Raby, MacMillan of Canada, 1970".

Here are a couple of web sites to start:  <- leads to ->

73' John Dilks, K2TQN

 > Hi Ed,
 > What you have is significantly important, but it is not "the first".
 > Fessenden had a pager back about 1906 he used at Brant Rock. One instance
 > of use caused his rescue from within his 430' tower when he was too fat to
 > get through the trap door at the bottom. They smeared him with (I think)
 > chicken fat and pulled him through. Too many oysters in his diet they
 > There are probably others and other stories along the way. I've heard
 > Motorola had something very early too.
 > 73' John Dilks, K2TQN

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