The Oldest Radiostation In Germany

Who do you think invented radio? There is no universal agreement on the issue.

In 1864 James Clerk Maxwell, an English scientist, developed a scientific theory to explain electromagnetic waves. In 1887 Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, a German scientist, proved that electricity can be transmitted in electromagnetic waves. Nikola Tesla created the first apparatus for radio transmission and reception in 1893. In 1893 the great Russian scientist Alexander Popov invented a radio appliance that could be used to send Morse code messages. The first broadcast transmission, however, took place in 20 years after the events.

The Germans celebrate invention of radio on 22 December, 1920 when the first transmission of the Christmas concert was broadcast in the longwave range from the radiostation in Königs Wusterhausen. Let's visit that place today.

The transmitters for mediumwave, shortwave and longwave were shut down between 1992 and 1999 and the whole area was transformed into a museum. The oldest radio station in Germany is marked number 1.

That's what it looks like today.

The transmitter consisted of many masts with heights of 210 metres and the 243-metre-high central tower, which collapsed on November 15, 1972. After the collapse of the central tower most masts were dismounted. Just one radio tower is preserved till now.

Some details of the museum exhibit.

Collection of old radiosets.

Central console.

Annual market of radiosets held in another building.

The palace in Königs Wusterhausen.

via gavailer


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