At the time, many scientists were working in the same field but it was Marconi who had realized the potential of the discovery, which led him to register Patent No. 12039, on June 2nd 1896 with aspecification for a 'wireless' system using Hertzian waves.Some of his landmark achievements are as follows:1894, Italy - first demonstrated the transmission of 'wireless' signals to sound a bell across a room.1895, Italy - successfully demonstrated signal transmission and reception over a 2km distanceacross fields.1896, England - came to London and registered his patent - demonstrated transmission andreception on Salisbury plain using an aerial developed by the Russian Prof. Alexander Popoff,Captain H. B. Jackson was present along with the chief engineer of the General Post Office and alsorepresentatives of the British Army.1897, England - He achieved a range of 7km transmission and reception on Salisbury Plain -achieved a new record distance of 14km when he send a message across the Bristol Channel fromFlat Holm, Weston-super-Mare to Lavernock Point, Cardiff - set up an aerial in the grounds of theRoyal Needles Hotel, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight and communicated with two hired ferries and later with another station set up in the Medeira House, Bournemouth;Italy - communicated from La Spezia, Italy with the armoured cruiser 'San Martino' a distance of 11miles;England - with his cousin Jameson Davis, he first registered his company as The Wireless Telegraphand Signal Company.1898, Ireland - transmission and reception between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle under commission by Lloyds of London - sent the world's first live 'wireless' report of a yacht race from aship called 'The Flying Huntress' to a shore station at Kingstown (Dublin). This brought immense publicity and interest for Marconi work and its commercial and military potential.1899, England -The Goodwin Lightship which had been installed with a transmitter was rammed inheavy fog by the S.S. 'R.F. Mathews' , it was able to send the first 'life saving' signal from sea, for the assistance of two lifeboats.1901 - Sent a signal 198 miles between the Isle of Wight and Lizard Point, Cornwall – defyingcritics and the opinions of the scientific world he sent a signal around the curvature of the earth,from Poldhu, Cornwall to Signal Hill, St Johns, Newfoundland.1918 - first signal from England to Australia. These are just a few of the scores of events andachievements during his lifetime - and we have not touched on the greatest aid that his work createdfor shipping, namely the ability to sent 'wireless' distress signals which led to the saving of hundreds of thousands of lives at sea.How or why Marconi came to Ballycastle to undertake the trials for Lloyds is not completely clear,it was certainly related to the fact that 'wireless telegraphy' promised to become the most importantdevelopment in tracking incoming and outgoing vessels. The possibility had come of age when,with Marconi equipped stations all along the coast, all vessels within twenty-five miles of shorecould make their presence known and send or receive communications. So apparent were theadvantages of such a system that Lloyds in May, 1898, entered into negotiations for the setting upof Marconi instruments at various Lloyds stations; and preliminary trials were commissioned between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle.