It’s AARL Field Day

An important responsibility of the American Radio Relay League is to preserve the spectrum set aside for Amateur radio operators (hams). One way they prove the value of their spectrum is to annually demonstrate that without relying on external power, ARRL members can establish effective communications in the event of a disaster.

My father got his license (W8FIP) back in the 1920s and would occasionally take part in ARRL events. He had some award where he had made the most confirmed DX (long distance) contacts with people all over the world. His love of amateur radio never took root in any of his children, but his involvement in radio did bear fruit.

From the way too person department, my father got involved with radio when he was at the Workshop for the blind in Pittsburgh. He helped run an experimental radio station. He and my grandfather set up a radio store to sell and service radios. My grandfather designed testing equipment that allowed my father to measure voltage, current, etc without being able to see a gauge. The radio store survived the Great Depression – the explanation was “Rich people still had money to spend on radios – not everyone went broke”


This image showed up recently in a photo album created by my Aunt who died in the 1960s. My nephew has been busy digitizing the pictures. Note the chalkboard where the baseball scores of the day are being updated.

Here is the same building today


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1 Response to It’s AARL Field Day

  1. briand75 says:

    Interesting – I was assigned a reused call sign back in the 70’s. I think I remember it was a mistake at the time, but it held until I let my General Class lapse (W2GTB). I never did anything cool like Art’s Dad, but I enjoyed the DX contacts and the camaraderie. If you were on 75 or 80 meters in those days, you may have run across me. I always enjoyed 2 meters as well, line of sight.

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