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What Marconi Did Next and Beyond 

via Zoom, Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 PM

Paul Hawkins, Author

“Point to Point – A History of International Radio Telecommunications”

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For a substantial part of the 20th century the global telephone and telegraph services were carried through the medium of long wave and short-wave radio. This talk tells the story about the development of international telecommunications via radio. The technology involved minimal automation and a high degree of human intervention to manage the limitations of long-distance radio. The relative efficiency of point-to-point radio and the cost of replacement satellite installations resulted in radio playing a part in international telecommunications up to the 1980’s, giving the author direct experience of this fascinating medium.

The War Offshore - Merchant Ships and the Men Who Sailed Them

via Zoom, Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 PM

Bill Geroux, Author

““The Mathews Men”   

 “The Ghost Ships of Archangel”

When America entered World War II, we were unprepared for the attack by German U-boats on vital shipping along our East Coast and Gulf Coast. The nation managed to find its footing only after a slaughter of near-defenseless merchant ships and the men who sailed them. Bill Geroux will discuss the vital and heroic role played by the U.S. Merchant Marines during WWII. These civilian sailors delivered hundreds of millions of tons of cargo across the globe during the war, on vulnerable, often unescorted ships, and their actions are largely overlooked in histories of the war.

Upcoming Speakers


 November 4
"What Marconi Did Next and Beyond”

 Paul Hawkins, Author 


December 2

“The War Offshore - Merchant Ships and the Men Who Sailed Them”

 Bill Geroux, Author


January 6

" Talking Over the Horizon: The History and Future of Naval Communications”

Captain Bob Carmickle

Commanding Officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic. United States Navy ​

Feb 3

"The Changing Cybersecurity Threatscape"

Jeremy Rasmussan

Chief Technology Officer & CISO, Abacode


March 3

" Decoding the Samuel Morse Papers at the Library of Congress”

Joshua Levy, PhD

Historian of science and technology at the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, and curator of the Samuel F.B. Morse Papers.

In April 1921, the Radio Corporation of America established its flagship marine radio station WCC in Chatham, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.

Chatham Radio / WCC was the largest US coastal station, renowned among mariners around the world for most of the 20th century.

Join us this season as we celebrate the centennial of WCC.


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