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IEEE Section to Honor First Voice Transmission

09/10/2008

On Saturday, September 13, the Boston Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) will commemorate the first wireless radio broadcast in 1906 by Reginald A. Fessenden at Brant Rock, Massachusetts. IEEE members will award an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing in recognition of this landmark innovation.

IEEE President Lewis Terman will be on hand to award the IEEE Milestone Plaque during a one-day program honoring early radio innovations and commemorating the accomplishments at Brant Rock. The award ceremony will take place in Marshfield, close to where the original radio tower once stood. After welcoming remarks, there will be a presentation by radio historian Jack Belrose, VE2CV; Belrose, recipient of the Radio Club of America's Armstrong Medal for his contribution to the radio art and science, is with the Radio Sciences Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada.

According to organizers, more than 100 people representing the radio broadcasting industry, local officials, historic communities, educators, students and Amateur Radio associations are expected to attend; a portion of the program will address the role of Amateur Radio enthusiasts in developing this great industry. While at the event, students between the ages of 10-12 will be able to build crystal sets during the afternoon session; they will be able to take these sets home with them.

Attendance is free and open to the public. More information is available on the IEEE's Boston Section Web site or by calling the IEEE Boston headquarters at 781-245-5405.



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