August 20th National Radio Day

The first radios were invented sometime in the late 1800’s after the development of the telegraph and the telephone. In 1886, German born Heinrich Hertz first discovered radio waves in the atmosphere. It is believed that somewhere between 1895-96 Italian born Guglielmo Marconi put the first transmitter and receiver together to use those radio waves but recently there have been many other claims to precede Marconi’s invention that no one is sure who really made the first radio. We are sure that television has severely damaged the radio market and since the internet is damaging the television market the radio is probably used less than since it’s early days. Still, it is a vital way to get information and entertainment.

How to celebrate – Spend the day listening to a radio. Buy a radio if you don’t have one. Get a amateur radio transmitter.

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