Radio Traffic

Author(s): D. Sarnoff
Publisher: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Publication Date: 1 December 1914
Volume: 2
Page(s): 273 - 287
ISSN (Paper): 0731-5996
DOI: 10.1109/JRPROC.1914.216646



The functions of the traffic department of a radio company, namely: procuring and moving traffic, procuring equipment contracts, and operating ship and shore stations economically and efficiently, are described. In connection with the work of the Marconi Company, the cooperation between the Western Union and Postal Telegraph Companies and the radio company is treated in detail. The complete routine procedure for the transmission of a radiogram is given fully. Various matters coming under the provisions of the Berlin and London Conventions are discussed, e. g.: cases in which public traffic need not be accepted, methods of accounting and charging for radiograms, and the use of a word basis versus a fixed charge minimum. The importance of speedy transmitting is emphasized, and a new shortened message form proposed. Proper methods of prepaying messages, the rapid assigning of call letters, and revision of the present wave length regulations are considered.