HISTORY: Radio ham’s spark signal spans Pacific

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that on January 5, 1924 a spark station in the USA was received in New Zealand

The Monday, January 7 edition reports:

Mr. J. S. Macdonald, of Walwera South, claims a world’s record in reception of wireless. On Saturday night, using a detector and a one-step low frequency amplification, he “logged” 62 different American amateur radio stations. A remarkable fact is that one station was operating by spark.

This the first time that a spark station has been heard here. Three stations were operating by telephony, and the musical Items were heard quite clearly, though the human voice was slightly obscured by statics. Sixty two calls were heard between 7 a.m. and midnight.
Another remarkable fact is that some stations were heard in bright sunlight.

The story can be seen at
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/16125197

Other Australian newspaper stories from the last century can be found by searching for “amateur radio” on the National Library of Australia site
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/

Via SARL: http://bit.ly/2mxc2GD