The 15th Annual ARRL Auction is Open!

The 15th Annual ARRL Online Auction is now open for registration and bidding.

The 2020 ARRL Auction will be held October 15th - 22nd, 2020 and the early bird preview will start October 8th - 14th, 2020.  

SOURCE: ARRL Assortment

The 2020 ARRL Online Auction includes a large assortment of QST items, including an SPE Expert 1.5K-FA HF amplifier, an ACOM 120S 160 – 6 meter linear amplifier, a Yaesu FTDX101D HF + 6-meter transceiver, an Icom IC-9700 multimode VHF/UHF transceiver, and a RigExpert Stick 230 antenna and cable. There is also some vintage gear up for bid.

Books & Radios

The ARRL Online Auction also features a wide assortment of vintage books, including past editions of The ARRL Handbook, Radios for Everybody, CQ Ghost Ship, and the 1909 “Electricity” volume — in souvenir condition — from the How Does It Work Series.


The Auction is sponsored by GigaParts.

Bidders will also find a …

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The Road to Radio Broadcasting

At the end of the 20th century's second decade, there were three key elements to fuel radio broadcasting: resonant circuitry, methodology for impressing speech and music on the carrier, and a practical means for generating a carrier wave.


The most important thing was for someone to combine the three elements in an effective way. A number of individuals such as: Reginald Fessenden, Lee de Forest, and Charles Herrold, had tried making various attempts and broadcasting but nothing seemed to make a lasting impression.

Interest from the Public

The main issue was, the public had little interest and there was a lack of effort to try and gain the publics attention.

Early transmissions of speech and music were primarily directed to radio amateurs. There was no announcement on how to listen in, nor were there regular operating schedules, or readily available receivers for the general public.

Radio sets were marketed to commerc…

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