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Put-in-Bay in Ottawa County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Ship-To-Shore Radio Broadcast

 
 
First Ship-To-Shore Radio Broadcast Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2013
1. First Ship-To-Shore Radio Broadcast Marker
Inscription.  On July 18, 1907, Dr. Lee deForest broadcast the first ship-to-shore radio message from the steam yacht Thelma. The communication provided quick, accurate race results of the Annual Inter-Lakes Yachting Association (I-LYA) Regatta. Frank E. Butler, a Monroeville, Ohio, native and assistant to deForest, was stationed in the pavilion at Fox's Dock (known today as The Jet Express Dock) and received the radio transmission.

The creation of the vacuum tube by deForest permitted the rapid development of radio and eventually television. The inventor disliked the existing term “wireless,” and chose a new moniker – “radio.” On this site wireless-transmission radio broadcasting was born.
 
Erected 1999 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-62.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 39.248′ 
First Ship-To-Shore Radio Broadcast Marker (<i>tall view; looking south along Hartford Ave</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2013
2. First Ship-To-Shore Radio Broadcast Marker (tall view; looking south along Hartford Ave)
N, 82° 48.951′ W. Marker is in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, in Ottawa County. Marker is at the intersection of Bayview Avenue (Ohio Route 357) and East Bayview Drive, on the left when traveling east on Bayview Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located near the crosswalk, beside the Put-in-Bay boat ramp and dock. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 Hartford Avenue, Put in Bay OH 43456, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Amareta Mosher Anchor (here, next to this marker); Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oelschlager's Dry Goods Store (about 800 feet away); Within This Enclosure (approx. 0.2 miles away); Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Doller House (approx. mile away); Gibraltar Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jay Cooke Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Put-in-Bay.
 
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1. Lee De Forest. While in college De Forest tried to earn money by inventing things he might sell or enter in contests, but none were great successes. After receiving a PhD from Yale in 1899 with a dissertation on radio waves, "Reflection of Hertzian Waves from the Ends of Parallel Wires," he was hired by Western Electric, where he devised dynamos, telephone equipment, and early radio gear. In the prospectus
Marker inset photo: Steam Yacht, circa early 1900s image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2013
3. Marker inset photo: Steam Yacht, circa early 1900s
for his second try at business, De Forest Radio Telephone Company in 1907, he envisioned using radio (a term he coined) to broadcast church meetings, lectures, even opera performances into people's homes. (Submitted on November 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Lee de Forest. American inventor of the Audion vacuum tube, which made possible live radio broadcasting and became the key component of all radio, telephone, radar, television, and computer systems before the invention of the transistor in 1947. Although de Forest was bitter over the financial exploitation of his inventions by others, he was widely honored as the “father of radio” and the “grandfather of television.” He was supported strongly but unsuccessfully for the Nobel Prize for Physics. (Submitted on November 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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First Ship-To-Shore Radio Broadcast Marker (<i>wide view; looking north along East Bayview Dr</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2013
4. First Ship-To-Shore Radio Broadcast Marker (wide view; looking north along East Bayview Dr)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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