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Hiram Percy Maxim, founder of the American Radio Relay League and the "father of Ham Radio."

The American Radio Relay League was established, under the encouragement of Hiram P. Maxim, as a fraternity of amateur radio operators in the early days of experimental radio at the beginning of the 20th Century. A century later, the League has grown to membership approaching two-hundred thousand members, and it remains a strong and viable organization for the protection and advancement of Ham Radio training, legal intervention, and support of licensed amateur radio "ham" operators.

The League's educational publications have documented the development of radio over the course of the Century, and it has managed to work with the FCC over the years to protect the rights of Ham Radio Operators and the frequencies allocated for the hobby.

The Museum of Yesterday is proud of our Life Member status that dates back to 1959 when our founder Mr. DeMajo, as a young teenager, joined the League upon receiving his Novice Class FCC radio license. Below, a recent photo of our founder and chairman, who now holds the most advanced classification of ham radio licenses (Extra Class), at the controls of the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Radio Station "W1AW" at ARRL headquarters in Newington, CT, in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the issuance of radio call sign K5HTZ. .

The document above is a sample of a U.S. Federal Communications Commission issued amateur radio license. Obtaining a "ham" license requires the applicant to sit for a series of Federal government issued tests in order to demonstrate his or her proficiency in the technical requirements and knowledge of the rules and regulations required in order to safely operate an amateur radio transmitting station. There are several classes of licenses available. Each "class" of license requires possession of certain skills. The higher the class of license, the more difficult the test that must be successfully passed in order to obtain it.

The device shown above is the dreaded "Wouff-Hong."
This example was an award bestowed at the 1938 ARRL convention. It was recently acquired