The Lost Tribe, the Pied Piper and The Executive.

Think that the ARRL was the first amateur radio association in the United States? Or that the famous and brilliant inventor also “invented” amateur radio? If so, you are not alone. But pesky historical documents and the facts they contain tell a deeper and more accurate story. It’s in the October issue of The Spectrum Monitor. Smartly edited by Ken Reitz KS4ZR, TSM is a wonderful read in my household. I go back as a subscriber to TSM’s predecessor, the Monitoring Times, launched by Bob Groves, years ago. It’s a real honor for me to get the cover feature in the TSM this month. Thank you, Ken and Thomas K4SWL, for the encouragement on this revealing story!

Cover of October 2021 The Spectrum Monitor
Frank Howell, K4FMH, is a regular contributor to and writes from Mississippi, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “The Lost Tribe, the Pied Piper and The Executive.”

  • Randy K7AGE:

    Frank, great article.

    Young people were really excited about radio. Radio was cutting-edge technology back 110 years ago.

    Today, radio is so commonplace, most probably think of radio as something in the car that doesn’t get used do to playing media on smartphones.


  • Frank K4FMH:

    Thank you, Randy! There is a lot to that era of history regarding emerging wireless telegraphy and radio.

    I’m searching now for data on the “activity space” experienced by young people over the past decades. The thesis is related to your observations. There has been an increasing organization of “play” activities for youth such that there’s no time for what you and I experienced as children: just figuring out fun things to do!


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