New Zealand Herald, 20 June 1913, p8
NEARLY 3000 MILES.
STEAMER’S GOOD WORK.
[BY TELEGRAPH. – PRESS ASSOCIATION.]
During the passage of the Tahiti from San Francisco to Wellington wireless communication was established at ranges of from 1300 to 1900 miles, Wellington, Suva, Honolulu, and San Francisco being “spoken.” The Port Awanui station was heard at a distance of 2800 miles. When the Tahiti was about 2000 miles out from San Francisco, at 4 p.m. one day, the operators on the vessel overheard a conversation by wireless telephone. Whether the speakers were in Honolulu (1700 miles distant) or in San Francisco was not ascertainable.