Radio Telephone
Development In The West

By Harry Lubcke
Radio News, February 1922

The development of the radiophone and the broadcasting of concerts has been taken up seriously by several firms and amateurs located on the Pacific Coast.

At present there are seven phones working around San Francisco. The first station to come into existence was located at the California Theater and was formerly operated by the DeForest Co. It broadcasted music on a wave-length of 1,250 meters. This station started about a year ago.

About three months after the opening of this station, a set was installed in the Presidio of San Francisco and was operated by the Signal Corps of the Army.

For a while, these stations held a monopoly of the ether, as far as radiophones went. But their monopoly was rudely broken by the installation of a station at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, operated by the Leo J. Meyberg Co., dealers in radio goods. At first this station used only one 50-watt tube and it sure did push the electrons into the air. It was the delight of the "hams" with crystal detectors because it used to come in loud enough to show off to visitors.

Then in quick succession phones sprang up in Oakland, an adjacent city to San Francisco; at the Hotel Oakland, operated by the Western Radio School; the station at Los Altos, operated by the Colin B. Kennedy Co.; the Radio Shop of San Jose, and another in Oakland operated by the Warner Brothers, dealers in that city.

Until very recently concerts and press news were broadcasted on various wavelengths, and all one had to do if he did not like the record one station played was to give the variometers a twist and another station would come in.

But all this has stopped. A new government regulation compelling all phones and C.W. stations to operate on a wavelength of 360 meters has been passed. Then all the radiophone men assembled and had a pow-wow about the schedules. So they finally fixed it so they would not interfere with each other.

Now one can receive press, weather, market reports and concerts in the afternoon from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and at night from 7:10 to 9:00 p.m.  During this time several stations would be operating in turns.

The old California Theater station was taken over by the Atlantic-Pacific Radio Co. which is going to remodel the set to work on 350 meters.

Several months ago we had quite a treat from the Fairmont Hotel in the form of a concert rendered by members of the Scotti Grand Opera Co., which was giving performances in San Francisco at that time.

Also, at frequent intervals, lectures are broadcasted from the Presidio. They are on radio topics of general interest and are very instructive.

It is very interesting to note that the increased efficiency of the stations as time progressed. At first the California Theater used nearly one kilowatt, and obtained about 4 amperes radiation. Later the Fairmont Hotel, which uses a great deal less power and secures only a little less than ampere radiation, comes in from two to three times louder.

Initial Experimental Authorization Broadcast Service Authorization

Call

Owner

Location

1st RSB* Entry

Call

Owner

Location

Dates On Air

6XC

Lee De Forest, Inc. (California Theater)

San Francisco

10/1/1920

KZY

Atlantic-Pacific Radio Supplies Co.

Oakland

12/9/1921-1/24/1923

6XG

Leo J. Meyberg Co. (Fairmont Hotel)

San Francisco

6/1/1921

KDN

Leo J. Meyberg Co.

S. F.

12/8/1921-5/1/1923

6XAJ

Preston D. Allen (Hotel Oakland)

Oakland

8/1/1921

KZM

Preston D. Allen

Oakland

12/9/1921-6/23/1931

6XAC

Colin B. Kennedy Co.

San Francisco

4/1/1921

KLP

Colin B. Kennedy Co.

Los Altos

1/2/1922-3/9/1923

6XAG

The Radio Shop

Sunnyvale

7/1/1921

KJJ

The Radio Shop

Sunnyvale

12/20/1921-6/16/1923

6XAM

Stafford A. Warner

Oakland

10/1/1921

KLS

Warner Bros.

Oakland

3/10/1922+ (now KMKY, 1310 AM)

* — Radio Service Bulletin.

SOURCE: Radio News, February 1922 (page 702).

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