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The Electronics of Radio by David Rutledge

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1THE WIRELESS WORLD

On Sunday, April 14, 1912, shortly before midnight, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. The radio operator, John Phillips, repeatedly transmitted the distress call CQD in Morse Code. He also sent the newly established signal SOS. Fifty-eight miles away, the Carpathia received the messages, and steamed toward the sinking liner. The Carpathia pulled 705 survivors out of their lifeboats. Phillips continued transmitting until power failed. He and the other passengers could have been saved if more lifeboats had been available, or if the California, which was so close that it could be seen from the deck of the Titanic, had had a radio operator on duty. However, this dramatic rescue established the power ...

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