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Author Topic: Researchers seeking copies of ham logs 1913-1927  (Read 980 times)

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« on: October 17, 2009, 02:44:07 PM »

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Researchers to Study Early Amateur Station Logs

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin and Miami University of Ohio are seeking copies of amateur station logs from 1913-1927 in hopes they may offer insights into the relationship between individuals’ work and leisure activities, technology, and their social networks.

“Early hams laid the foundation for the now-ubiquitous use of technology for communications and entertainment," says Steve Johnston, WD8DAS, and Director of Engineering & Operations for Wisconsin Public Radio. “Many operators did not work in a technical field, but pursued the radio-hobby for its own sake. This is a true success story about how a pastime can develop into an entirely new commercial and social phenomenon.”
Phil Kim, an Assistant Professor at the Wisconsin School of Business, has noted that diaries, letters, QSL cards, and station logs can contain valuable insights into the link between an individual’s occupation, hobbies, and friends. During this time, thousands of early ham radio enthusiasts were licensed by the government to comply with the Radio Act of 1912, and began to more carefully document the new communications era.
“Amateur radio operators during this time period were on the forefront of a new method of communication and social interaction, similar to how social media is evolving today,” Kim says. “We notice a lot of similarities between these two groups, even across time.”
“We can learn a lot about ourselves and our own interactions from how these pioneers pursued their hobby and expanded their social networks,” adds Steve Lippmann, an Assistant Professor at Miami University of Ohio.
Kim, Lippmann, and Johnston are comparing early ham licensing records from the Department of Commerce with detailed information in amateur operators’ station logs in an effort to uncover new information about approaches to work and leisure time and the development of social networks.

If you happen to have an old ham station log from the period 1913-1927 that you'd like to include in this study, please contact Steve Johnston, WD8DAS.  Reply to this message or contact link posted at  

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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009, 04:08:24 AM »

I've certainly seen old QSL cards but can't remember ever seeing a page from an early log book. I presume they contained about the same info as modern ones. Boring stuff to a non-ham. Doubt many survive.

Can't imagine what info a log would provide on the early "relationship between individuals’ work and leisure activities, technology, and their social networks."

Anyone ever see an old log? Wonder when RSTs came into use. Obviously the league would be a good source. Old college clubs may have retained old logs.
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