Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 18 April 1912: Compact wireless telegraphy allows motorists to send and receive messages
Complete wireless installations for sending and receiving messages over short distances are now so compact and so cheap that it is quite an easy matter to equip a motor-car so that as it travels it may communicate with wireless stations within a radius of twenty miles or so, or with other similarly equipped vehicles.
Whether "wireless" will ever become of real service in this respect is merely speculative at present, and the considerations affecting it are many. There is the cost, which would not be less than £5 for each car - though, all things considered, that is astonishingly little - and more than that for long-distance apparatus. There is the fact that motor-cars are already very free from breakdowns, and by the time the price of wireless apparatus is greatly reduced they may be virtually immune. On the other hand, many a motorist would have been saved great discomfort at some time or another if he could have sent a message direct from his broken-down car to the nearest garage. Also there would be the convenience of being able to direct or co-operate with the movements of other cars.
Yesterday the Principal of the Manchester Wireless Telegraphy Institute, the Manchester manager of the Daimler Motor Company, Limited, and a representative of the "Manchester Guardian" made some experiments in telegraphing between a 20-h.p. car and the station in St. Mary's Gate. The picture shows Mr. Mayne with his instruments in the car sending a message. It was demonstrated that with the cheapest of instruments, costing in all about £5, there was no difficulty in telegraphing four to six miles. Easily carried telescopic poles could be made for motor-cars.MotoringMobile phonesEngineeringAutomotive industryTelecommunications industryTelecoms
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