Careers360 Logo

Popular Searches

    Study Help

    What Do You Know About The Invention Of Radio Waves

    By Ramraj Saini
    8 Nov'22  3 min read
    What Do You Know About The Invention Of Radio Waves
    Synopsis

    Radio waves are a crucial part of our daily life. Our Bluetooth devices like wireless mice, neckbands, wireless keyboards, television, cellphone, etc use radio waves. Do you know how we came to know about radio waves? Here in this article, we will discuss the historical development of radio waves and some important applications of radio waves.

    What Do You Know About The Invention Of Radio Waves
    Synopsis

    Radio waves are a crucial part of our daily life. Our Bluetooth devices like wireless mice, neckbands, wireless keyboards, television, cellphone, etc use radio waves. Do you know how we came to know about radio waves? Here in this article, we will discuss the historical development of radio waves and some important applications of radio waves.

    Thanks to advanced technology, we can communicate with someone who is a thousand miles away. We can operate toys, drones, televisions, etc sitting away from them. We can even study our universe, planets, comets, etc precisely. Do you know how this is possible? The path started with the technological development of radio waves.

    Radio waves are electromagnetic waves that have the longest wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum having a frequency range between 300 GHz to 3 kHz and are used for long-distance communication. Students should go through the Class 12 NCERT chapter on Electromagnetic Waves. There you will get a better understanding of electromagnetic waves.

    Let's start with the historical development of radio waves. Then we shall discuss some important applications of radio waves.

    Historical Development Of Radio Waves

    Three technologies i.e telegraph, telephone, and radio waves are closely related and radio technology actually began as "wireless telegraphy." Radio waves (electromagnetic waves) have the capacity to transmit speech, pictures, music, and other data invisibly through the air. Many devices that we use in our daily life like radios, microwaves, cordless phones, remote-controlled toys, televisions, and much more work by using electromagnetic waves.

    The existence of radio waves was predicted by the Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell in the 1860s. In 1886, German physicist Heinrich Rudolph Hertz demonstrated that rapid vibrations of electromagnetic waves could be projected in space similar to a light wave.

    An American dentist, Mahlon Loomis, successfully demonstrated "wireless telegraphy” in 1866. But it was Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor, who proved the feasibility of radio communication.

    During the same timeline as Marconi, Nathan Stubblefield and Nikola Tesla took out patents for wireless radio transmitters. Now, Nikola Tesla has been credited as the first person to patent radio technology.

    Application Of Radio Waves

    Radio waves are used in everyday life. Following are some significant applications of radio waves.

    Radio Broadcasting

    Radio broadcasting is one of the prime applications of radio waves. In this application sound signals are first modulated using various modulation techniques like frequency modulation (FM) and amplitude modulation (AM) and then modulated signals are encoded and transmitted using radio signals. On the receiver's side, signals can be retrieved using transmitters.

    Cellular Networks

    Radio waves can penetrate through rigid obstacles like buildings and trees that are used by cellular networks in the communication industry. The radio transmitter and radio receiver are installed in cellular phones to help in the transmission in reception of signals using radio waves.

    1667836316086

    RADAR

    The acronym for radio detection and ranging is RADAR. As the name suggests, it detects the position and presence of an obstacle using radio waves.

    Radio Astronomy

    Radio waves do not get affected by the adverse condition of the weather like rain, fog, etc which radio astronomers use to get a clear and better understanding of comets, planets, asteroids, and other celestial objects. Also, These properties are utilised by the radio astronomer to study the location, composition, and other related properties of the celestial bodies.

    Satellite Communication

    Radio waves are used to broadcast information with the help of satellites over significantly large distances. Television broadcasting is one of the important applications of radio waves using satellite communication.

    1667836316492

    Remote Controlled Toys

    Most remote-controlled toys use radio waves. The radio receiver is attached to the toys and radio waves are transmitted by a radio transmitter installed in the controller, hence using the application of radio waves users can operate toys remotely.

    Navigation and Air Traffic Control

    One of the important applications of radio waves is establishing a reliable communication network between the Air Traffic Control unit and the airplane. Very high frequency radio waves are generally used to establish communication.

    1667836316844

    Submarines

    Submarines use radio waves for information exchange. Generally, extremely low-frequency or ELF radio waves are used for this purpose so that these radiations do not get absorbed by the seawater very easily.

    1667836317206

    Invention of radio waves is a landmark achievement in the history of Science and technology development and has opened multiple dimensions for further research in the field of automobiles, marine engineering, communications and many other fields.

    • Technology
    • Information and communications technology
    • Electricity
    • Electrical engineering
    • Telecommunications
    • Electronics
    • Electromagnetic radiation
    • Waves
    • Wireless
    • Telecommunications engineering

    Subscribe to Membership Plan

    *Unlock all premium content and benefits:
    Read more from Latest Stories

    Careers360 helping shape your Career for a better tomorrow

    student

    250M+

    Students

    colleges

    30,000+

    Colleges

    exams

    500+

    Exams

    ebook

    1500+

    E-Books

    Download Careers360 App's

    Regular exam updates, QnA, Predictors, College Applications & E-books now on your Mobile

    • student
      250M+

      Students

    • colleges
      30,000+

      Colleges

    • exams
      500+

      Exams

    • ebook
      1500+

      E-Books

    • certification
      12000+

      Cetifications

    student
    Mobile Screen

    We Appeared in