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How the RELAY got into the ARRL

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Note: You might want to read the historical content in our posting Amateur Radio Beginnings before you read this posting.  This posting picks up where that article left off on Amateur Radios beginnings in the early 1900’s.

The perception and image of Amateur Radio in early 1900’s

The reputation of Amateur Radio up to the 1920’s was not good.  Companies such as General Electric, Westinghouse, and Western Electric opposed Amateur Radio.  Private Citizens and commercial radio stations opposed Amateur Radio due to interference.  The Navy, at one time or another, campaigned against Amateur Radio.  Maritime companies lobbied against Amateur Radio being charged with interference with safe and consistent communication.  This is not to say that other groups and private citizens did not support Amateur Radio.

The point to be made is that significant powerful companies and parts of the government had no compelling positive image of Amateurs.  The Radio Act of 1912 restricted Amateur use of the RF spectrum and Amateurs were seen as hobbyists, experimenters, and folks that generally caused interference to other services.  There was no generally understood positive compelling image of Amateur Radio.

The need for a new Vision and access to legislation

What Amateur Radio needed was someone to champion the cause of Amateur Radio and create a better image of Amateurs.  What was also needed was a organization to bind all the Amateurs together.  Binding people together creates a synergy of collaboration and provides the possibility for a collective mission and purpose.

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Written by frrl

September 9, 2008 at 2:15 pm

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