Broadcasting by wireless a voice description of the Dempsey-Carpentier
championship contest is not only a novelty for the annals of sport,
but a new development in the field of applied science. The arrangements
already made for the radiophone transmission on July 2nd for new
and unusual departures in communication engineering. Never before
has anyone undertaken the colossal task of simultaneously making
available a voice description of each incident in a fight to hundreds
of thousands of people. Transmission of the voice by wireless on
a large scale is new to the world, and the event has no little historical
significance. The plans for its introduction have been carefully
made so as to insure a complete success. Due to the fact that French
and American causes are to be aided through the exhibitions in various
cities, it has been possible to secure apparatus and services that
would otherwise be available only at prohibitive cost.
transmitter to be used in this unusual voice broadcasting is the
most powerful wireless telephone set of commercial type ever built.
It is being donated by the Radio Corporation of America for the
purpose. The set has been assembled at the Schenectady laboratories
of the General Electric Company, and when completed, will be brought
down the Hudson River to the Lackawanna Terminal at Hoboken, N.
J., where it will be installed. The 400-foot tower at the Lackawanna
Terminal will be used. An antenna of six wires, on 30-foot spreaders,
will be swung between the 400-foot tower and the clock tower of
the terminal building. The antenna will be 680 feet long, and the
natural period 850 meters.
voice transmission will be on 1600 meters. On this wavelength the
antenna current will be between 20 and 25 amperes, representing
approximately 3½ K.W., and the daylight range of the station
will undoubtedly be in excess of 200 miles overland, representing
125,000 square miles.
The radio station at Hoboken will be connected by direct wire to
the ringside at Jersey City, and as the fight progresses, each blow
struck and each incident, round by round, will be described by voice,
and the spoken words will go hurtling through the air to be instantaneously
received in the theatres, halls and auditoriums scattered over cities
within an area of more than 125,000 square miles.
Through the courtesy of Tex Rickard, promoter of the big fight,
voice-broadcasting of the event is to be the means of materially
aiding the work of the American Committee for Devastated France
and also the Navy Club of the United States. These organizations
will share equally in the contributions secured by large gatherings
in theatres, halls and other places. The amateur radio operators
of the country are to be the connecting link between the voice in
the air and these audiences. The entire broadcasting arrangements,
both transmitting and receiving, are under the direction of the
National Amateur Wireless Association, but there are no restrictions.
Any amateur who is skilled in reception is eligible, whether or
not he is a member of any organization.
Rolling Chair on the Boardwalk in Asbury
Representatives of the American Committee for Devastated France
and the Navy Club are engaging halls and theatres for July 2. All
financial arrangements are entirely within the hands of these two
organizations, and all admission charges are fixed by them. All
arrangements of that kind are being rapidly completed.
As theatres, halls and auditoriums are secured in the sixty-one
cities, assignments of skilled amateur wireless operators will be
made. The assignment of amateur radio operators who desire to participate
in this greatest of all sporting events and this unprecedented undertaking
of voice broadcasting, and who are willing to voluntarily assist
in this most worthy cause, will be made in accordance with their
qualifications, which, necessarily, must be of the highest type.
In participating in this great event, unparalleled in the annals
of sport or the history of radio communication, the amateur will
be identified with an undertaking which has for its object the rehabilitation
of the devastated regions of France, and to provide for the comfort
and happiness of the men of our navy when off duty--objects which
most certainly should appeal to the patriotism of every amateur.
At a joint meeting of executives of the American Committee for
Devastated France and the Navy Club a resolution was passed suggesting
that recognition of the services of the amateurs be issued in permanent
form. This resolution has been embodied in a certificate which will
be presented to each amateur participating in the radiophone broadcasting.
In effect, it officially testifies to the expert assistance rendered
voluntarily by its holder, and his essential participation in the
reception of broadcasted radiophone reports employed in this manner
for the first time in history, making possible the successful accomplishment
of the following objects:
Promotion of amity between the nations represented in the greatest
international sporting event on record.
The scientific triumph of simultaneous transmission of the human
voice without the aid of wires to audiences in many cities. The
contribution of financial and material aid in the task of rehabilitating
the war-torn and devastated regions of France. Aiding establishment
and maintenance of a home, hotel and club for enlisted men of the
United States Navy and Marine Corps. It will bear the signatures
of Tex Rickard, Georges Carpentier, Jack Dempsey, Miss Anne Morgan
and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Carpentier is down for the 10-count. Dempsey
wins! The ringside
Wireless broadcaster is located at the tip of the white arrow.
In small cities, towns, villages, hamlets or private homes amateur
operators can actively participate in the furtherance of this unprecedented
undertaking in the way of inviting small gatherings of their friends
to listen to the voice description of the big fight. This only applies,
of course, in locations where halls are not secured by the American
Committee for Devastated France and the Navy Club and the arrangements
handled by these organizations.
In the case of these small gatherings it is suggested that amateurs
can take up a voluntary contribution, and any amount made up in
this way will be acceptable, and will be appreciated. Money collected
in this way should be sent to the office of the National Amateur
Wireless Association, 326 Broadway, New York. Full acknowledgment
of all such contributions, with the name and address of the amateur
in charge of such local arrangements, will appear in the columns
of THE WIRELESS AGE.
All money received in this way will be immediately turned over
to the Committee for Devastated France and the Navy Club, who will
acknowledge its receipt through these columns.
Additional Dempsey Web Pages worth visiting:
Wireless Age, August, 1921 - Story of the fight with more photos
the Hobo - or How Jack Dempsey got his start (really interesting
Short Jack Dempsey Bio by ESPN