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I have been licensed since 1993 as KC5DIQ. I have always hated that call, and I finally got around to applying for a vanity call. I thought about several possibilities, but because I ride a Goldwing, I decided on W1NGR.


According to N4MC, I'm gonna get that one. So I googled it, and found an article from MIT's Newspaper in 1942. All amateur licenses were suspended, but some licenses were authorized for a national emergency relay system on 20M. W1NGR was the school station callsign at the time. It was an 850 watt station, in a day of 150 watt transmitters.


Isn't this freaking cool!??????


War Dislocates Radio Hams;

Emergency Service Organized

Among those groups first to feel

the force of war on Technology

were the many radio amateurs who

infest these sacred halls. With their

favorite avocation cut off by sus-

pension of licenses with the declara-

tion of war, hams are now laying

plans to cooperate with the rapidly

organizing emergency relay service.

One of the most active groups of

radio amateurs before the start of

the war was the radio club at the

Chi Phi Fraternity. Formed early

last year the club has been operat-

ing since early last spring. Inspira-

tor of the club and its leader

throughout its existence was

Fletcher H. Moore, '44, who hails

from Cincinnati. Six foot four Tiny

Moore, a ham for many years, has

been the spark plug for the whole

idea. At Culver Military Academy

he was instrumental in starting a

radio club also, eventually getting

financial as well as spiritual back-

ing from the school authorities.

150 Watt Transmitter

'First rig to go on the air at 22

The Fenway was a transmitter

which gave out 150 watts on the

twenty meter phone band. Members

and friends from all parts of the

country found great use for the

club radio in messages and chats

with lucky women at home. One of

the biggest problems arising from

the starting of the station was

interference with reception on

cheap broadcast receivers in the

neighborhood. Weekend following

the first attempts at transmission

found Moore and his cohorts sitting

up late absorbed in the task of

shielding receivers owned by people

for blocks around.

The beginning of the new school

year found the rig revamped to

put out over 850 watts, still on the

twenty-meter band. Reports from

all parts of the country revealed the

fact that W1NGR was coming in

"like a ton of bricks." Few amateur

rigs use this power, and, according

to Moore, even the 150 watt trans-

mitter was superior in every respect

to W1MX, station run by the M.I.T.

Radio Society.

Code Classes

Activities at the moment inclue

sporadic attempts at code classes

for the more ignorant among the

Chi Phi's, and work which is slowly

progressing on a converter for emer-

gency power. The latter is a part

of a nation-wide attempt by the

American Radio Relay League, na-

tional ham organization, to develop

a network which will be able to

supply auxiliary communications in

case of air raids or other disasters.

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