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Author Topic: Who Invented Ham Radio?  (Read 8622 times)
KATO
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« on: April 21, 2001, 07:55:34 AM »

Is there someone that can be credited with inventing Ham Radio?


Short Wave Radio?



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KL7IPV
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2001, 11:38:31 PM »

OOh, this can start a real conversation. I believe ( and here may be what gets it going! ) that Marconi may get that credit for starting ham radio. Maybe Hiram Percy for organizing it and countless others for developing it into what we enjoy today.
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2001, 02:53:48 PM »

I wonder why this hasn't opened a big can of worms yet.

Marconi himself said he was just an amateur, so I believe that's a strong case for him developing the term "amateur radio."

However, who "invented" it, is up in the air. "200 Meters and Down" by Clinton DeSoto (published by ARRL) details a lot of "the early days" and is fascinating reading. It may shed some light on the subject.

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KL7IPV
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2001, 06:03:55 PM »

You are right. Why hasn't this started something? Maybe no one cares any more. I sure hope not. Or maybe conversation has become such a lost art that even typewritten conversation is lost also.
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Frank
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2001, 11:24:04 AM »

I thought it was started by Elmer Fudd - that's where we get the name "Elmer" from. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2001, 11:58:42 AM »

While Marconi is the "popular" answer, he was a late-comer compared to Tesla.  Unfortunately Tesla was not a businessman and essentially left much of his work to be popularized by others who were more savvy.
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KL7IPV
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2001, 02:56:04 PM »

While you may be right about Tesla, he didn't really do anything for amateur radio. He did many things and due to his lack of savvy or just trusting others too much, hasn't gotten credit for a lot that he accomplished. I've been though the Tesla museum in Colorado Springs and there isn't much there to convince me he started ham radio. So the answer to the question may be: "Marconi generally, Tesla if you dig deep."
Hows that?
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Frank
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N4ZYV
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2001, 12:19:37 AM »

What about Stubblefield?
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AC3P
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2001, 01:03:30 PM »

How about Loomis ?
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2001, 02:00:23 PM »

Links, guys...any links???
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RADIOPATEL
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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2016, 10:11:31 PM »

Many invented many parts like coils and capacitors, However Hiram Percy Maxim established the Ham radio.
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WW7KE
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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2016, 10:17:20 PM »

Quote from:  link=topic=47753.msg329904#msg329904 date=988309444
I thought it was started by Elmer Fudd - that's where we get the name "Elmer" from. Smiley

"Be vewwy vewwy quiet.  I'm inwenting amateww wadio.  Hehhehhehheh." Grin
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« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2016, 10:22:16 PM »

Many invented many parts like coils and capacitors, However Hiram Percy Maxim established the Ham radio.

ARRL-loving troll!!! Grin Grin Grin

Actually, prior to 1912, no licenses of any kind were required to operate a radio transmitter.  There was no distinction between professionals -- mostly ships and coastal stations -- and hams, officially, until that time.  HPM was just one of many early hams, but he was the one (with some help) that was smart enough to put an organization together.  He didn't invent ham radio, but he did organize it.
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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2016, 10:37:12 PM »

Must be getting close to Halloween.....dredging up old dead threads like this.

Does that make them a necrothreader?  Shocked   Grin

Everyone knows it was Quagmire from the Family Guy that invented ham radio.............right?  Undecided
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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2016, 01:32:41 AM »

Who before Marconi was looking at radio as a message handling system, rather than an interesting scientific discovery? It was Marconi who discovered that using a vertical wire rather than the Hertzian resonator gave a dramatic increase in range and so can be said to have invented antennas. He came to England in 1896 where he took out the first patent ever granted for a system of wireless telegraphy.

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