World of Ham Radio, 1901-1950: A Social History

World of Ham Radio, 1901-1950: A Social HistoryDuring The First Fifty Years Of The Twentieth Century, Ham Radio Went From Being An Experiment To Virtually An Art Form Because Of The Few Government Restrictions And The Low Monetary Investment Required, The Concept Of Ham Radio Appealed To Various People More Than Just A Simple Hobby, However, Ham Radio Required Its Operators To Understand Radio Theory, Be Able To Trace A Schematic And Know How To Build A Transmitter And Receiver With Whatever Material They Might Have Available With The Advent Of World War II And The Increased Need For Cutting Edge Communications, The United States Government Drew Upon The Considerable Knowledge And Skill Of These Amateur Ham Radio Operators, Validating The Fact That Ham Radio Was Here To Stay This Book Explores The History Of Ham Radio Operators, Emphasizing Their Social History And Their Many Contributions To The Technological Development Of Worldwide Good intro to ham radio historyI m a professional American historian, and have been for about twenty five years I m a rank amateur licensed ham Naturally, as I have just begun getting my feet wet on 20 and 40 meters, I sought to understand the culture of my new hobby Richard Bartlett s book was a great place to start Bartlett used the ARRL QST magazine as a key resource for tracing the social history of ham radio from its technological inception by Marconi and Tesla, through the early days of competing associations and the triumph of the ARRL under the leadership of Percy Hyram Maxim, to the renowned utility of amateur radio service in the face of natural disaster and war What stands out is the recurring themes related to protecting amateur frequencies against competing commercial interests, the importance of demonstrating relevance to officials and the populace, and the triumphal narrative of amateur determination to successfully turn sows ears into silk purses.Two negatives are worth noting First, the jumping back and forth chronologically between chapters, not uncommon in thematically organized histories, is a bit jarring at times Second, I have a hard time accepting Barlett s claim that their is nothing new
There don t seem to be many books written about the history of amateur radio, so I was enthused when I came across this book on If you are looking for a technical history of amateur radio something that details what was being built with what component, or a timeline of technological changes then, as the title suggests, this book is what you re looking for Bartlett has written a social, organizational, and operational history of amateur radio Although the title doesn t indicate it, you will probably want to keep in mind that it is for the most part a history of amateur radio in the United States Amateur radio in other countries is for the most part only mentioned in relationship to amateur radio in the United States and in involvement in world regulatory meetings What I enjoyed about this book is that it isn t so much about amateur radio itself but about amateur radio operators the hams Perhaps Bartlett put it best himself in the Introduction This book unabashedly praises the amateurs, the hams It traces their first fifty years with emphasis on their social history Technological changes are kept to a minimum The author s brother Forrest A Bartlett 1914 2006 was a ham W6OWP He was the inspiration for The World of Ham Radio, 1900 1950 A Social History W6OWP s life

[Epub] ↠ World of Ham Radio, 1901-1950: A Social History Author Richard A. Bartlett –
  • Hardcover
  • 281 pages
  • World of Ham Radio, 1901-1950: A Social History
  • Richard A. Bartlett
  • English
  • 09 June 2017
  • 9780786429660