Sound recordings created by Thorn Mayes as part of his research on early wireless telegraph and radio in the Western United
States. Includes one-on-one interviews conducted by Thorn Mayes and Warren Green, talks to the Antique Wireless Association
both by Mayes and by other speakers, recordings of historic radio broadcasts, and re-creations of spark transmissions at West
Coast wireless stations.
Thorn Mayes, born April 19, 1903, graduated from the University of California in 1927 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
He was an avid amateur radio operator, working W6AX, W9AX, 6BDQ, 6AX, K6BI, K2CE, and W1CX under the handle “Thorn.” His first
2-way wireless contact was in 1921, and he was member #229 of the Old Old Timers Club. After retiring from his managerial
position at General Electric Company, Mayes became a serious collector of antique gear (prior to 1922), books and magazines,
as well as an historian of early wireless in the United States. He was particularly interested in recreating the history of
the three main, early, commercial wireless stations on the West Coast: KPH, KFS, and NPG.
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