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History of the 2100 Net

In 1991 a recently licensed ham, Roland - N7UKY, joined a Round Robin group on 147.360. He was encouraged to do so by a long time friend WB7OAR. WB7OAR had convinced Roland to become a ham. It was a small group. The original participants were..
  • WB7OAR - Glen Winkler
  • K2MAT - Charlie
  • K7JKG - Maurice
  • N7UKY - Roland
  • WB7VPR - Frank Hudson
At this time, the group was not considered as a NET... More to come later..

73 vs. 73's

With a lot of brass pounding under my belt, 73 has Always been correct. 73's would never be sent in CW. After seeing the 1AW QSL card from January 29, 1925 with Hiram Percy Maxium's signature, I must admit that I was WRONG. Either on voice or in print is correct. However, make you own decision on this one. de W5ORV

The ARRL Begins

In 1914, Hiram Percy Maxim of Hartford, Connecticut, was a prominent businessman, engineer, and inventor (notably of the Maxim Silencer). He was also an active radio amateur, with one of the best-equipped stations in the Hartford area. One night in April he attempted to send a message to another ham in Springfield, Massachusetts. He had a one-kilowatt station (call 1WH), and Springfield was only 30 miles (48 km) away, well within his normal range. He was unable to make contact, and remembering that he knew another ham in Windsor Locks, about halfway, he contacted the Windsor Locks ham, and asked him to relay the message, which was successfully done. This was not the first time a message had been relayed, but it set Maxim to thinking. At that time, a great deal, perhaps most of amateur radio activity consisted of sending and receiving messages, not only between amateurs, but involving the general public as well. But at that time the maximum reliable range of a station was a few hundred miles or less, and so Maxim realized that a formally organized relay system would be of tremendous use to amateurs.

Maxim was a member of the Radio Club of Hartford, and he presented a plan for the organization of an "American Radio Relay League" (he had already decided on the name) to the club at its April 1914 meeting. The club agreed to sponsor the development of such an organization. Maxim and Clarence Tuska, the secretary of the Hartford Radio Club, developed application forms and sent them out to every amateur station they could think of. Although they limited membership to highly qualified amateurs only, the response was tremendous. By September 1914 they had over 230 stations on the roster.

Source: Wikipedia