Amateur Radio has been around since the late 19th
century, and experimenters were trying to achieve
longer and longer distances using spark transmitters,
and later keying a radio frequency on and off with a
Guglielmo Marconi sowed the seeds for Amateur Radio
in the early 1900's
The amateur call sign was introduced in 1910, originally
only three letters were used. In 1913 a directory of
around 700 licensed (by the Post Office) call signs was
produced, the first call book.
A group calling themselves "The London Wireless Club"
was formed in 1913, which later became the "Radio
Society Of Great Britain". All this before the BBC came
Today their are millions of licensed amateurs in all
countries of the world, all with a common interest, to
make an even longer distance communication, making
the hobby both competitive, and satisfying, whether it
be Morse, Sideband, Frequency modulation, Amateur
Television, microwave, data communication, and satellite.