Fishermen Now Radiophone to Families (Feb, 1933)

Fishermen Now Radiophone to Families

DEEP sea fishermen spend a large portion of their lives isolated on the ocean, out of touch with land for days and days on end. A new two way radio telephone, especially designed, for installation in fishing boats has now broken down this barrier of space, permitting the sailors to speak to their friends and families ashore.

How the combined receiver and transmitter operates is illustrated in the artist’s drawing above. No trained radio man is necessary to put through a call. The fisherman simply presses a button and connects up with a land station, which hooks him up to the city telephone system. Engineers are planning on installing many of these instruments on American fishing boats cruising the East coast areas.

4 comments
  1. fred says: June 20, 20094:26 am

    “can you hear me now? …good”

  2. Torgo says: June 20, 20098:16 pm

    I was thinking the same thing.

  3. Casandro says: June 21, 20095:04 am

    Actually such systems were later used for cars. Later you could even buy portable units you could hang over your shoulder. Even later they went digital with small cordless-phone like devices. I think they are popular among CEOs. Rates are hillariously high, often 10 cents per minute and more, but still there are situations where they get used.

  4. Patrick says: June 26, 20092:18 pm

    For the first “brick” Motorola cell phone I had the only plan available was 33 cents per minute..and there was no such thing as free minutes. Up until the advent of digital cellular, cell phones were not really different than these 1930′s radio phones……in fact, the cellular broadcasting component of cell phones is still called “radio service” or “radio device”. The 1970ish car phones were the same as these old radio phones; you dialed the operator who then patched you into the land line you were calling. The price was more along the lines of $1-$2 per minute.

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