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Radio History Question--Role of Radio at San Francisco's 1915 Pan-Pacific Expo? Sep 14th 2013, 17:41 1 489 on 14/9/13
Radio History Question--Pearl Harbor Navy & Army Communications Before Attack? Sep 14th 2013, 17:20 2 700 on 25/9/13

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Radio History Question--Role of Radio at San Francisco's 1915 Pan-Pacific Expo? KI6VOS on 14/9/13
Apologies if this request is poorly placed--I'm unsure where in the ARRL Forums to post questions of an historical nature.

Shortly after the dawn of radio, in 1915, the San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) opened.

NOTE: The long-standing San Francisco Radio Club (W6PW) cites operations originating in 1916, then incorporation in 1919.

According to news reports from the era, the PPIE was host to uncountable marvels of technology, science and other advancements.

It seems that...radio MUST have been an important feature of the PPIE.

However (after several months of occasional Saturday-morning investigations), there appears to be very few mentions of the role of radio at the PPIE.

Does anyone know where to find an authoritative reference source with details regarding the role of radio at San Francisco's 1915-PPIE? Is there a list of "firsts" (e.g., first time radio was used to {do something awesome})? Notable radio demonstrations? Important people of the era using radio at the Expo? Major radio demos? Radio vendors exhibiting? Location(s) on the grounds of the PPIE (today's Marina District) of radio-related items of interest (e.g., antennas, radio shacks)? Anything?

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Best & 73,
Rick

KI6VOS

PS: The nature of this request is also being posted to the eHam.net Forums...you may see the same thing, twice.
Radio History Question--Pearl Harbor Navy & Army Communications Before Attack? KI6VOS on 14/9/13
Apologies if this request is poorly placed--I'm unsure where in the ARRL Forums to post questions of an historical nature.

Does anyone know...or know of authoritative references...regarding the degree of organized joint Navy & Army radio communications systems in operation at Pearl Harbor shortly before Dec 7, 1941?

For example: Did the Army, Navy and Air Service have any coordinated, shared nets? Tactical communications? Commonly used frequencies? Designed message traffic nets & procedures (similar to ARRL's George Hart's [W1NJM (SK)] National Traffic System)? Joint Emergency Communications protocols?

Hypothetical Illustration: What if...(say) a USAAF (Army) Patrol aircraft needed to send URGENT-OPERATIONAL IMMEDIATE [OI] traffic to a specific naval vessel (or, vice-versa)...then send a joint OI message to a Navy aircraft (in the air) with coordination to ground-based Army anti-aircraft units. Would such a thing have been possible on Sun, Dec 7, 1941?

Or...were the three services (Navy, Army and USAAF) all operating (at least with respect to tactical radio operations) as independent, un-coordinated forces?

Thank you in advance for any assistance.

Best & 73,
Rick

KI6VOS

PS: The nature of this request is also being posted to eHam.net...you may see the same thing, twice.

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