The ARRL turns 100
“To promote and advance the art, science and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.”
As an add on to our last article by Darren Wolff on Wireless Technology we thought it may be pertinent to add in some interesting titbits about the ARRL.
I am sure that many of our readers are in fact amateur hams and a million kudos to you. Although I was a ‘Sparky’ many years back I never did the amateur ham exam and thoughts are on possibly doing just this in the next year. Although I have been told that one forgets morse code over the years I really doubt this very much – it more or less gets hardwired into your brain, just like any language. We may get rusty, but never forget. Practice makes perfect.
To get to the very beginning: In 1914 the American Radio Relay League was founded by Hiram Percy Maxim. This is an interesting date because the ARRL celebrates it’s centenary this coming May.
For many youngsters the ARRL was and still is a stepping stone into the telecomm industry and even more so, electronics in general. SSB and satellite communication play a vital role in our every day lives, something which we are either immune to realising or have forgotten about. The ARRL have saved lives countless times in a crises and will continue doing so.
Over the last 20 years the amateur ham has had more exposure to the full potential of their home based computer systems using only a sound card, a receiver (or transceiver once qualified) and I/O devices.
To get more information locally do a search under Google to find your local offices and when to register for the exams.
Watch this space