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KCUR Interview: US Amateur Radio during The Great War


Battleships of the Hochseeflotte, 1917. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

(Source: KCUR via the Southgate ARC)

When America declared war on Germany in 1917, most radio stations came under government control, reserved for war efforts. On this edition of Up To Date,  we learn why HAM radio operators were prevented from broadcasting during The Great War.


  • Jonathan Casey is the Edward Jones Research Center Manager at the National World War I Museum.
  • Herb Fiddick is the amateur radio voice of the National World War I Museum.

This weekend, the National WWI Museum will host special event station WW1USA. The station will be manned by amateur radio operators for 31 consecutive hours, beginning Saturday, December 12 at 10 a.m. through Sunday at 5 p.m. The event is free. For more information go to theworldwar.org.

Click here to listen to the interview on KCUR.

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