1912: Letter to NZ from Telefunken

On 13 January 1912, the German wireless company Gesellschaft für drahtlose Telegraphie m.b.H. (Telefunken) wrote to the Government of New Zealand, advising that components for the new wireless stations at Awanui and Awarua were being shipped. Other topics covered in the letter included the performance of stations built by Telefunken rival Marconi, and prices for mobile radio stations built on horse-drawn carts (see photos below).

Letter from Telefunken to NZ Government, 13 Jan 1912

Letter from Telefunken to NZ Government, 13 Jan 1912

Letter from Telefunken to NZ Government, 13 Jan 1912

The following photos of “Wagon Stations” accompanied the above letter:

Telefunken mobile wireless station, 1912

(I) Type 1TFV. General view of 4 wheel vehicle, i.e. the 2 carts hooked together.

Telefunken mobile wireless station, 1912

(II) Type 1.5TFK Wagon Station: Motor Side

Telefunken mobile wireless station, 1912

(III) Type 1.5TFK Wagon Station: Generator Side

Telefunken mobile wireless station, 1912

(IV) Type 1.5TFK wagon station: Transmitting Side

Telefunken mobile wireless station, 1912

(V) Type 1.5TFK Wagon Station: Receiving Side