Derivation of the word Antenna

Andre Kesteloot andre.kesteloot at
Fri Jun 8 15:08:04 CDT 2012

On 6/8/2012 15:12 PM, Karl W4KRL wrote:
> Useful stuff; good to know:
> From
> The words antenna (plural: antennas) and aerial are used 
> interchangeably; but usually a rigid metallic structure is termed an 
> antenna and a wire format is called an aerial. In the United Kingdom 
> and other British English speaking areas the term aerial is more 
> common, even for rigid types. The noun aerial is occasionally written 
> with a diaeresis mark---aërial---in recognition of the original 
> spelling of the adjective aërial from which the noun is derived.
> The origin of the word antenna relative to wireless apparatus is 
> attributed to Italian radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi. In 1895, while 
> testing early radio apparatus in the Swiss Alps at Salvan, Switzerland 
> in the Mont Blanc region, Marconi experimented with long wire 
> 'aerials'. He used a 2.5 meter vertical pole, with a wire attached to 
> the top running down to the transmitter, as a radiating and receiving 
> aerial element. In Italian a tent pole is known as l'antenna centrale, 
> and the pole with the wire was simply called l'antenna. Until then 
> wireless radiating transmitting and receiving elements were known 
> simply as aerials or terminals. Because of his prominence, Marconi's 
> use of the word antenna (Italian for pole) spread among wireless 
> researchers, and later to the general public.
> 73 Karl W4KRL
Very interesting.
We do learn every day by reading the Tacos reflector.

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