Fallen Marconi Tower to Be Raised - Asbury Park Press - March 9, 1971
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The Asbury Park Press
  March 9, 1971 

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 fallen Marconi tower

  TOPPLED BY STRONG WIND


 Fallen Marconi Tower to Be Raised

     WALL TOWNSHIP -- The
Army and the township are
combining efforts to raise a
fallen 58-year-old-radio tower
which is a monument to the
begining days of wireless ra-
dio.
     The 60 foot steel tower, one
of 30 erected by the pioneer
Marconi Wireless telegraph
Co. of America, was blown al-
most completely down by high
winds Friday.
     Raymond R. Russomano,
assistant cordinator for the
Army's Evans Area, a branch
of the Electronics Coninand
at Fort Monmouth, said township
officials have asked the
Army to help restore the tow-
er.  The site, on the Shark Riv-
er was once part of the Evans
Area but was given to the
township as a monument in
1960.
     The tower, a dwarf com-
pared to some of the others
built by the company in 1913,
is in a meadow off Marconi
road. It stood during the his-
toric test of Edward H. Arm-
strong's regenerative circuit,
which spurred wireless comt-
unication in 1914 by increas-
ing the volume of signals. 
Armstrong later developed
frequency modulation .
     The restoration job is to be-
gin today with a township
crew cleaning away under-
brush around the tower base.
Mr.  Russomano says that is
necessary before Army crews
can begin raising the struc-
ture to its vertical position.
     The Marconi Company was
founded by the father wire-
less radio, Italian Inventor,
Guglielmo Marconi.  It was
succeeded after World War I
by the Radio Corporation of
America (RCA).
     Marconi bought the site in
1913 to build receiver equip-
ment for commercial transit-
atlantiv radio. The company
built the present Evans Area headquarters building as a ho-
tel for unmarried employes.
     The first antenna consisted
of six towers, each 300 feet
high. Other towers were add-
ed later; some were made of
wood and some of steel .
    The company abandoned the
site in 1924, after other sta-
tions father north proved
more efficient. The Army ac-
quired the area in 1941 and
subsequently tore down 28 of
Marconi's towers. The only
other remaining tower, besides
the present monument
was blown down in a 1960
storm
Marconi Tower

Mayor Arthur Krumm


***Arthur Krumm - 1970 ***

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