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Michael Banks

Michael's Articles

“Just the (radio) FAX, Ma’am”
November 2003
During the Great Depression, an engineer named William G.H. Finch applied for his first patent for his simple and low-cost system for transmitting and receiving facsimile (now known as FAX) by radio.

The Colossus of Radio
April 2004
Crosley Radio Corporation’s 1936 “WLW Model Super-Power Radio Receiver”

August 2004
Who was Hugo Gernsback? The answer depends on whom you ask. “Gernsback published the first science fiction magazine!” a science fiction reader will declare. Ask an engineer and you might hear, “Gernsback ... wasn’t he involved in early experiments with television broadcasting?” Others will recall Gernsback’s radio magazines. A radio historian will tell you that Hugo Gernsback owned radiostation WRNY, introduced the first home radio set (1905), and championed the cause of radio amateurs.