it goes like this: The word "HAM" as applied to 1908 was the station call
of the first amateur wireless stations operated by some amateurs of the
Harvard Radio Club. They were ALBERT S. HYMAN, BOB ALMY, and POOGIE MURRAY.
At first they called their station "HYMAN-ALMY-MURRAY".
out such a long name in code soon became tiresome, and called for a revision.
They changed it to "HYALMU", using the first two letters of each of their
names. Early in 1910 some confusion resulted between signals from the amateur
wireless station "HYALMU" and a Mexican ship named "HYALMO". They decided
to use only the first letter of each name, and the station call became
the early pioneer days of unregulated radio, amateur operators picked their
own frequency and call letters. Then, as now; some amateurs had better
signals than most commercial stations.
resulting interference came to the attention of congressional committees
in Washington and Congress gave much time to proposed legislation designed
to critically limit amateur radio activity.
1911, Albert Hyman chose the controversial WIRELESS REGULATION BILL as
the topic for his thesis at Harvard. His instructor insisted that a copy
be sent to Senator David I. Walsh, a member
of the committee hearing the bill. The Senator was so impressed with
the thesis that he asked Hyman to appear before the committee.
Hyman took the stand and described how the little station was built, and
almost cried when he told the crowded committee room that if the bill went
through, they would have to close down the station because they could not
afford the licence fees, and all the other requirements which the bill
imposed on amateur stations.
debate began on the WIRELESS REGULATION BILL and the little station "HAM"
the symbol for all the little amateur stations in the country crying to
be saved from the menace and greed of the big commercial stations who didn't
want them around. The bill finally got to the floor of Congress and every
speaker talked about the
"...poor little station HAM".
That's how it all started!
will find the whole story in the Congressional Record, nationwide publicity
associated station "HAM" with amateur radio operators.
that day to this, and probably to the end of radio, an amateur is a "HAM"