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Historic Preservation Fund

Preserving Amateur Radio History

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Take a trip to the ARRL attic…a place where cabinets of rare documents, boxes of precious photographs and radio artifacts have been gathered over the years.  While they can evoke memories and teach us details of our Amateur Radio history, and while we would like to ensure that we will be able to share them with future generations of radio amateurs, the natural effects of aging are putting them at risk.  

At ARRL there are main pieces of a 1909 radio station that capture the technology of a bygone era.  There are more than 100 file cabinets of documents, including a nearly complete set of logbooks from W1AW, that chronicle ARRL and Amateur Radio history but that are fragile and require special handling.  There are boxes of photographs and negatives reflecting every aspect of ARRL history that need better protection before they are lost forever.

The ARRL recognizes its important role as steward of this historically and scientifically valuable collection.  With generous financial support from the YASME Foundation, ARRL is taking important steps to catalog each document and photograph and scan the most fragile photographs and negatives. The YASME Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to conduct scientific and educational projects related to Amateur Radio, and whose generous contributions to the ARRL Historic Preservation Fund continue the spirit of Jim Maxwell, W6CF, who spearheaded efforts to preserve Amateur Radio history.   

ARRL needs your contribution to continue the preservation process and ensure that no piece of Amateur Radio’s magical and storied history is lost. Join us to keep the ARRL Historic Preservation process moving forward.

Questions about the Historic Preservation Fund? Contact the Development office at 860-594-0291.

ARRL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization holding tax identification # 06-6000004.  Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.



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