Marconi Transatlantic
Wireless Telegraph

"Second Test of the Marconi
Over-Ocean Wireless System
Proved Entirely Successful"

Clipping from the Sydney Daily Post
24 October 2021

Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

#  Transcription (below):

Marconi Transatlantic Wireless Telegraph, 24 October 2021
"Second Test of the Marconi Over-Ocean Wireless System Proved Entirely Successful"

Sydney Daily Post, 24 October 2021

SECOND TEST OF THE MARCONI                    
          OVER-OCEAN WIRELESS SYSTEM          

The Post sent a Message to the Correspondent of the London Daily
Mail who had been sent to Clifden, Ireland, for this Occa-
sion, and received a Reply in Less than Five Minutes

(From Yesterday Afternoon's Post)
    There is absolutely no doubt of the
success of the Marconi wireless.  Yester-
day at the towers at Port Morien a mes-
sage was sent and a reply received from
Clifden, Ireland, in less than five minutes
thus demonstrating beyond all reason-
able doubt the fact that Marconi has
really and truly solved all the problems
that stood in the way of his wonderful
achievement.  The test was one which
makes it impossible for any person to
have any further misgiving on the ques-
tion as to whether messages can be suc-
cessfully sent and received over two
thousand miles of space without the aid
of wires.  The feat is so stupendous that
it is no wonder the public was apt to be
sceptical, and the air of mystery that
has so long surrounded the whole matter
served only to enhance that feeling.  But
this seeming mystery proved only the
ordinary precautions that an alert busi-
ness man would take to protect his
secrets from being stolen.
    The towers are no doubt sitaute so
that outsiders would find it very difficult
to approach, but it was in exactly a
similar place as where this plant now
stands that a man who professed to be
a friend of Marconi stole a number of
his ideas, and plunged him into litigation
from which he is not yet free.  Whatever
in the past, may have been his idea in
keeping visitors outside the plant, all
that was changed yesterday and every
nook, every corner, every room and every
instrument was open for inspection.  In
our dealings with Marconi we found that
he was ready and willing to answer all
the questions we asked.
    The test that was set to prove the suc-
cess of the wireless was as follows: A
few days previously we had arranged
with the London Daily Mail to have a
representative at Clifden, Ireland, the
station to which the messages are now
sent from Port Morien.  A Post man ar-
ranged to be at the Cape Breton station
at the same hour, and the Mail was told
that he would send a short message to
their representative and he would reply.
We sould then find out just how long
was necessary in order to have a message
transmitted across the Atlantic and a
reply received.  The Mail agreed to this
proposition and sent one of their best
men Mr. F. Gask to Clifden, with in-
structions to stay on land until a mes-
sage was received from Morien and then
to reply.  Marconi agreed to make the
trial and at once instructed the assist-
ant engineer to "start up."  The switch
was then thrown and the machinery
set in motion.  After asking Marconi if
he was all ready and receiving a reply
that he was we stepped to one side of
the room and wrote the following signed
message:  "Gask. Clifden. 11.40  Sorry
to keep you waiting, but Ireland is a
good place to stay.  Kind regards."
  This message was folded up so that no
one could see it and passed to Mr. Mar-
coni who, without opening, handed it
to Mr. Johnston, the operator.  Johnston
at once started.  First he called Clifden,
making the letters "C D N" which is the
telegraphic call for the Irish wireless sta-
tion.  After calling twice he went ahead
with the message.  It may here be said
that owing to the bulk of the wireless
business handled at the present time be-
ing destined for points east, an operator
at Clifden is continually in position at
the receiving key.  We followed the mes-
sage letter by letter, and word by word,
and can vouch that the message hand-
ed in was sent by Mr. Johnston.  As
soon as the signature had been trans-
mitted we repaired to the receiving room
and Mr. Johnston adjusted the telephone
receiver and the following reply was
handed to me at 11.45:  "Don't mention
it, fine as silk.  Gask."
    The whole thing did not take the full
five minutes.  The operator sent the mes-
sage slowly, say at the rate of ten or
twelve words a minute and, as will be
noticed, we put at the beginning of the
message the time we sent it, namely,
11.40.  We at once sent a congratulatory
message to the Mail by wireless, which
Mr. Marconi kindly transmitted, and also
advised the paper of the death of Mr.
Hankey.  We then sent a cable to the
Mail giving the text of my message sent
by wireless and also the reply received
from Mr. Gask so as to make assurance
that the words of the message sent and
the reply received were accurately trans-
mitted across.  The Mail replied that the
message was accurate in every respect.
    Speaking to him after the work had
been gone through he said that from
Morien he intended going to New York
where he is to lecture before the Society
of Electrical Engineers.
    "I have much trouble with delays on the
land wires and it is my intention to put
in a private wire from Cape Cod to New
York and relay all messages from Morien
to the American wireless station."
    "Can you work between Morien and
Cape Cod now?" we asked.
    "Oh yes," replied Marconi, "that's easy.
You see we have to do something to get
our messages through on time, and if the
cable companies intend to hamper us in
our work I have my plans that will get
over that trouble.  I hope, however,
that we shall all get along well to-
    It may not be generally known that
Mr. Marconi has paid some attention to
other subjects besides wireless telegraphy.
He has invented a new sounder for a
phonograph that will do away with the
harsh metallic sound, and will also
obviate the use of a horn.  A storage bat-
tery, too, on which Edison worked for
such a long time has been invented by
the wireless man.  A paint for steamship
funnels and engines that will not crack
or blister with heat is also among Mar-
coni's achievements, and last, but not
least, an artificial manure that is made
by a combination of the air and common
    "If you stay in the newspaper business,"
said the inventor as I was leaving, "I
hope to have many good stories yet for

Marconi Wireless Telegraph operator L.R. Johnstone, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
First Transatlantic Radio Service
Marconi Operator Leon R. Johnstone is shown transmitting the first official
messages of the commercial wireless telegraph service from Marconi Towers,
near Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, to Clifden, Ireland, on 17 October 1907.
Ten thousand words were exchanged between the stations on the first day of operation.
Source:— Marconi operator Johnstone

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