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Randy Conrad

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Ric, or Martin....Do we by chance have any of the radio recordings of the distress calls from Amelia in our archives from July 2-7, 1937? I have yet to hear the full conversation with Amelia in the last minutes of her transmission and the other possible recordings that she sent afterwards. Let me know...thanks
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Radio Recordings of Distress calls from Amelia from July 2-7, 1937
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2020, 06:40:00 AM »

Randy, there were no radio recordings of Amelia's calls.
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James Champion

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Re: Radio Recordings of Distress calls from Amelia from July 2-7, 1937
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2020, 08:19:54 AM »

In the 1930's there was little in the way of sound recording. Dictation machines were still largely using wax cylinders not too far removed from Edison's early phonographs, and were an item of the upper business executive. Record recording was more of an item of a music recording studio, and used a wax disc or similar, later metalized and used as a transfer master. Film audio recording has only been out since 1927 and was only found in film studios. Magnetic recording was to a steel wire and was a hidden experimental trade secret in Germany. None of these types of recording devices were likely to be co-located with a short-wave receiver.

The most common recording machine of the day was dictation to a secretary or stenographer who wrote in short-hand.

It's amazing that we have Betty's original notebook and that Tighar got to interview her. Although not a stenographer, she represents the major recording device of the era!
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Scott C. Mitchell

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Re: Radio Recordings of Distress calls from Amelia from July 2-7, 1937
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2020, 09:09:33 AM »

Randy, it's easy to understand why people might be led to believe there are recordings of AE's radio broadcasts.  Several documentaries and television shows have featured simulated voice-overs of an actor reading from a transcript of AE's published logs, complete with crackling background and fuzzy reception.  Another case of narrative blending into fact. / Scott #3292
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Radio Recordings of Distress calls from Amelia from July 2-7, 1937
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2020, 10:13:03 AM »

Even the 1937 March Of Time broadcast had re-enacted transmissions from Earhart.
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