Paul Forman Godley - 2ZE.
TRANSATLANTIC TEST CENTENARY 1921 - 2021.
In 1921, the American Paul Godley was only 32 years old but by then was a well respected radio amateur and pioneer in the art of radio reception. As a result of his experience and credentials, he was chosen by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to travel to the U.K. to conduct an experiment. This journey, was for Paul to attempt to receive the first short wave transatlantic test message that would originate from North America.
“I selected Ardrossan owing to its geographical position.
It is convenient to a large centre and in a straight line between Ardrossan and New York, there is no high land intervening.
The line passes the north end of Arran, crosses the low part of Kintyre and Islay and then there is an absolutely clear passage. I am quite certain” Paul Godley, 16th December 1921.
The story of the second transatlantic test.
The first of a series of experimental transatlantic test signals from North America to England were proposed in September 1920. These tests were to conclusively prove that the much-maligned short-wave frequencies (in the 200 Metres range) could be used successfully for long distance communications capable of spanning the Atlantic Ocean. The first test conducted in February 1921, ended in failure.
The first test failure analysis conducted on both sides of the pond, concluded that there were potentially many contributing factors involved. This however set the scene for another transatlantic test, ten months later in December 1921.
Ardrossan's place in
radio history -
Exhibition by North Ayrshire Council at the Heritage Centre to commemorate Paul Godley & his experiments at Ardrossan in December 1921. Exhibition opens 1st November 2021 - mid December 2021.
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