Eric Palmer, W2ATZ, using his 1926 Grebe CR-18
his attic station. His homebrew transmitter is at the far right.
Eric Palmer was famous enough to get a cartoon
Boys in the Attic
The hard part is finding good examples to talk about. Most, if
not all, of the operators from around 1910 are now Silent Keys.
Their stations and most of their documentation are long-gone as
families moved on with their lives. So we must search the early
magazines and books to get a good look into those times; those times
where we find in:
Harper's Wireless Book, by A.
A Boy's Experience with Wireless Telegraphy
Many early stations were located in bedrooms and in attics. In
the 1913 technical book, Harper's Wireless Book, by A. H. Verrill,
there is a great photo of a 1910 attic ham shack. It clearly shows
a teenage boy sitting at his radio, copying code. The photo also
details the interconnection of all of the station's components.
In that book, a young Eric Thompson Bradley wrote chapter 10, A
Boy's Experience with Wireless Telegraphy. It is his experience
learning about radio, and building his own station. Later, he joined
a Wireless Club made up of boys from a neighboring town.
See this chapter here -by this Friday, please
The Wireless Boy
Another great book is, The Wireless Man, His Work & Adventures
on Land & Sea, by Francis A. Collins, 1912. This book is loaded
with wonderful short stories about radio operators. One chapter,
The Wireless Boy, talks about clubs, [who] "are open to members
of twelve years, and it is common for a club to limit its membership
to boys between say fourteen and eighteen years of age."
Read this chapter, click here....