The Electrical Age, November, 1904, page 372:
Overland Wireless Telegraphy
IT has been mooted for some months past that a wireless telegraph circuit is to be established between
the plants of the General Electric Company, at Schenectady, N. Y., and Lynn, Mass., a distance of 185 miles. Recent inquiry, however, has elicited the information that but little has been done as yet in the equipment of the necessary wireless outfits at these places. It is understood that the system selected for the experiment is that of the National Electric Signaling Company, of Washington, D. C., which exploits the Fessenden wireless telegraph devices.
Some speculation has been indulged in as to the saving that will accrue in telegraph and telephone tolls by the use of a wireless telegraph circuit between the points in question. It has been said that preparatory to cooking a rabbit the animal must first be caught. Analogously, before any estimate need be made of the economies to be brought about by a wireless telegraph system, in the displacement of the ordinary telegraph and telephone systems, the wireless system should first be "caught," and, so far as practical overland wireless operation to any great distance is concerned, it appears to be as elusive as the quadruped to which reference has been made.
A notable feature of almost all the experiments that have been made with wireless telegraphy is the evident desire of the experimentalists to traverse great distances before practically demonstrating that much shorter distances may be negotiated, using the word in its sporting sense. For more than a year, as stated in these columns last month, there has been in experimental operation a wireless telegraph system between Jersey City, N. J., and Camden, N. J.,--virtually between the suburbs of New York and Philadelphia. Here, if the system is ready for commercial overland work, is a circuit right at hand to give a practical demonstration of the fact, but for some reason, inexplicable to well-wishers and skeptics alike, the demonstration is postponed, while, if reports be true, experiments are to be commenced between other points where the distance to be signaled over is doubled and the difficulties of transmission are at least quadrupled.