DeForest in Montana

DeForest in Montana

Post by wagi » Wed, 06 Feb 2013 03:04:35



Has anyone seen any info about Lee DeForest building a wireless telegraph station in Montana in the early 1900s?

any help/info/clues appreciated

wayne g

 
 
 

DeForest in Montana

Post by philo » Wed, 06 Feb 2013 08:27:25



Quote:
> Has anyone seen any info about Lee DeForest building a wireless telegraph station in Montana in the early 1900s?

> any help/info/clues appreciated

> wayne g

I have the book written by him titled "Father of Radio" and there is no
reference to "Montana" in the index.

He is kind of an enigma in that he did invent the triode...he understood
it's significance but after reading all of his technical explanations of
it...I don't think he really had a clue as to how it  worked.

--
https://www.createspace.com/3707686

 
 
 

DeForest in Montana

Post by Richard Knoppo » Fri, 08 Feb 2013 03:16:29




Quote:

>> Has anyone seen any info about Lee DeForest building a
>> wireless telegraph station in Montana in the early 1900s?

>> any help/info/clues appreciated

>> wayne g

> I have the book written by him titled "Father of Radio"
> and there is no reference to "Montana" in the index.

> He is kind of an enigma in that he did invent the
> triode...he understood it's significance but after reading
> all of his technical explanations of it...I don't think he
> really had a clue as to how it  worked.

> --
> https://www.createspace.com/3707686

     He didn't, and did not understand the necessity for a
really hard vacuum so his tubes were very hit and miss in
performance.  The need for a good vacuum and means to
produce it was developed independently and simultaneously by
H. D. Arnold of Western Electric (later became Bell Labs)
and Irving Langmuir of General Electric.  Because of this
the two companies cross-licensed each other and later their
creation, the Radio Corporation of America, for the basic
vacuum tube patents.
     DeForest got involved in several stock swindles around
building a nationwide system of wireless communication. Its
possible there was a station planned for Montana but I have
no specific information.  It is still a matter of some
controversy as to whether Deforst was manipulated by stock
swindlers or knew exactly what they were up to.

--
Richard Knoppow
Los Angeles
WB6KBL

 
 
 

DeForest in Montana

Post by philo » Fri, 08 Feb 2013 09:04:35



Quote:



>>> Has anyone seen any info about Lee DeForest building a
>>> wireless telegraph station in Montana in the early 1900s?

>>> any help/info/clues appreciated

>>> wayne g

>> I have the book written by him titled "Father of Radio"
>> and there is no reference to "Montana" in the index.

>> He is kind of an enigma in that he did invent the
>> triode...he understood it's significance but after reading
>> all of his technical explanations of it...I don't think he
>> really had a clue as to how it  worked.

>> --
>> https://www.createspace.com/3707686

>       He didn't, and did not understand the necessity for a
> really hard vacuum so his tubes were very hit and miss in
> performance.  The need for a good vacuum and means to
> produce it was developed independently and simultaneously by
> H. D. Arnold of Western Electric (later became Bell Labs)
> and Irving Langmuir of General Electric.  Because of this
> the two companies cross-licensed each other and later their
> creation, the Radio Corporation of America, for the basic
> vacuum tube patents.
>       DeForest got involved in several stock swindles around
> building a nationwide system of wireless communication. Its
> possible there was a station planned for Montana but I have
> no specific information.  It is still a matter of some
> controversy as to whether Deforst was manipulated by stock
> swindlers or knew exactly what they were up to.

I read his book and he had a big ego but I don't think he meant to be
dishonest. He was more a "bumbler" than anything else.

That said: I still have to respect him as the triode was one of the
greatest inventions of all time.

I sometimes wonder if he was the model for the Wizard of Oz.

 
 
 

DeForest in Montana

Post by J.B. Woo » Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:16:22



Quote:
> I have the book written by him titled "Father of Radio" and there is no
> reference to "Montana" in the index.

Hello, and not having read the book, was there any mention of Edison.
Marconi, Tesla and/or Armstrong?  Sincerely

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DeForest in Montana

Post by philo » Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:37:01



Quote:

>> I have the book written by him titled "Father of Radio" and there is no
>> reference to "Montana" in the index.

> Hello, and not having read the book, was there any mention of Edison.
> Marconi, Tesla and/or Armstrong?  Sincerely

There are numerous entries for all of the above in the index.

I read the book 10 or 20 years ago so do not recall specifically what
was said though.

--
https://www.createspace.com/3707686

 
 
 

DeForest in Montana

Post by Michael A. Terrel » Fri, 08 Feb 2013 21:19:26


Quote:



> >> I have the book written by him titled "Father of Radio" and there is no
> >> reference to "Montana" in the index.

> > Hello, and not having read the book, was there any mention of Edison.
> > Marconi, Tesla and/or Armstrong?  Sincerely

> There are numerous entries for all of the above in the index.

> I read the book 10 or 20 years ago so do not recall specifically what
> was said though.

   I can't fin an onlne version of his autobiography, but this history
of radio might be interesting to some.  It has to be read online, on
Google books.

<http://books.google.com/books?id=Z4XJQD4O_TkC&pg=PA710&dq=%22father+o...>