No there were lots of enthusiasts. Its why they had to pass the "Radio Acts" one of them being in 1912. And not just from the techinical aspect. There were a lot of investors in the market at the time. Many taken to the cleaners over poor or fraudulant companys. If interested in early radio in all its aspects the site below has a lot of info. Cheers.In the early 1900's the technology was so knew and misunderstood, that there were no wireless enthusiasts. The main competition that Marconi had was the German military.
The Kaiser saw the benefit and financial potential in the technology.
During this time, there was no market to the general public, so the answer is no.
There were no companies selling to the general public!
Yes it was problem. The navy complained of pranksters sending ships out on fake distress calls. Also purposefully jamming. But not just amatures listening. The navy operated a recieving station where they would log radio traffic and was recording the messages the night of Titanic. I wonder if those records still exist.Thanks very much for your posts. They got me to thinking about what I had read !
I really didn't know very much until I did some research on the subject.
I was just going on some stories I had heard that some "hams" ( which was intended as derogatory at that time ) had interfered with wireless communication and caused confusion in such matters as those similar to the Titanic. But there were I believe reports of these "hams" listening to Titanic .
And how they had receivers to do so.
And it seems licensing and "ham radio" didn't really take off as far as both transmitting and receiving were concerned until after the end of WWI. All Amateur receivers and transmitters in the UK were forbidden and ordered to be turned in or dismantled until some time later after the end of the war.
I have heard that some countries still require permits or licences even for receiving equipment.
Hmmm. I may have to pick that one up. I liked his book Dead Wake a lot. Thanks.A really great read about this period of time, Pre-Titanic, that involves the growing Trans-Atlantic shipping trade, Guglielmo Marconi, and Hawley Crippen, a murderer, and how their stories are all woven together is in Erik Larson's Thunderstruck.
A really well crafted book that is a highly enjoyable read.