A Patriotic and Dignified Effort

ARRL membership was free in 1915; QST would be a new and separate entity. With a mixture of enthusiastic optimism and a strong belief in the necessity to organize hams across the country, Maxim and Tuska were confident enough of the magazine’s future to risk some of their own money (mostly Maxim’s, one would think) to get it rolling. The state of the world and the country at this point made such optimism a little difficult to muster. In fact, … Continue reading

Getting Organized

A growing number of clubs across the country, especially in and around cities, continued to spur interest in amateur radio. One of them, the Radio Club of Hartford in Connecticut, held its first meeting on 14 January 1914, and would soon play a larger role than most in amateur radio history. Local businessman and engineer Hiram Percy Maxim was among the group in Hartford that evening. Already a prominent radio amateur, he operated a one-kilowatt station, with call sign 1WH, … Continue reading


History has never been my best subject. But as far back as I can remember I have been interested in science. As a kid in the 1960s before computers and the Internet were available to everyone, I became intensely interested in electronics and especially amateur radio. In ways I can’t explain, communicating over thin air without wires fascinated me. Like many of my peers, my interest grew through my teen years leading me into a career in engineering. Also like … Continue reading