Ham Radio: Back to The Origins

What is a ham radio? Why is it so popular? How many people are involved? Where did DX originated from? How did it all start? Amateur radio still has so many questions to answer. It unites millions of devoted operators across the globe featuring countless contacts they make every day. Hams do not just entertain each other. They help people and emergency services in case of disasters and other crucial situations. They widen the knowledge of novice operators who are interested in the topic.  They actually make the borders disappear. What was launched as a vital type of communication has eventually grown into a global hobby representing a new lifestyle to the world.

When Did It All Start?

The invention of the radio appeared to be a defining point in the development of amateur radio. Typical DX radio stations are equal to traditional ones. They originally had the same components. A few things have changed from that time. Ham stations are actually the same as they used to be decades ago with only some slight differences and a set of new options.

DX fans and enthusiasts are sure that Heinrich Hertz was actually the ham radio pioneer and the first operator in the history. He made a name for himself in the niche after several successful experiments later repeated by Guglielmo Marconi. He decided that those experiments could grow into something huge. The Italian started varying distances when using DX radio stations.

It all resulted in long-distance contacts letting Marconi hit the headlines as the first ham to establish an overwater contact. The interest towards radio started growing rapidly. The press came up with regular overviews and descriptions of the process. It gave a boost to establishing some of the legendary and iconic magazines devoted to amateur radio. Some of them are still available today.

The First Ever DX Radio Station

According to available information the first ever ham radio station was introduced in 1898. It was presented as an experimental radio gear at Woolwich Arsenal. The pilot equipment was established by Meade Dennis. It could boast all necessary components and features that are met in modern radio stations. Such a great debut was followed by the introduction of some advances and modifications letting Marconi create the first ever international contact in 1901. That was a revolutionary transatlantic transmitting that shaped the ham radio in general.



Robert graduated from Brandman University, where he got his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Born in Massachusetts, Robert’s family moved to Kentucky in 2005 where he spent his college life and worked as an insurance agent for four years. Now is the founder and team leader of the website.