1914: Samoa wireless important to British Empire

Auckland Star, 1 September 1914, p 6


(By Telegraph – Special to ‘Star’)


WELLINGTON this day.

One of the most important features of the seizure of Samoa is that it affords the British an absolutely necessary link in the Imperial chain of wireless stations, now almost complete in accordance with the scheme of Empire defence.

Near Apia there is a powerful wireless station, similar in power and range to the station at Pennant Hills, Sydney. One of the main difficulties in the round the world wireless scheme has been to make up the break between Honolulu and Sydney or Awanui, the broad expanse of the Pacific presenting a difficulty, which, however, now seems about to be solved.

Communication across the Atlantic from the station at Poldhu, in Cornwall, and the high power station on Canada’s Atlantic coast has been established. Thence the All Red wireless route was carried over land lines to the Pacific at Victoria (B.C.).

Then came the gap to Honolulu filled by the erection of one of the finest stations in the world on the Hawaiian Islands.

Then camp the long break to Sydney or to Auckland, the only station to carry on the work being at Suva. This is a low power station which under favourable conditions has done good work.

A low power station, however comparatively close to Australia and New Zealand, is not all that could be desired from an Imperial point of view, so the acquisition of the Samoan station, which will in all probability be converted with comparative ease into the necessary high power link in the chain, is of great importance to the Empire and New Zealanders might well feel proud of the part their soldiers have so early played in the war.

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