Happy 140th birthday Hiram Percy Maxim

Today is the 140th birthday of Hiram Percy Maxim founder to the ARRL, Amateur Radio Relay League. I’ve been doing research on him for my Makezine post and I am surprised to find that technology today isn’t that different from when he was around. Hacks were called kinks. And people were using the radio instead of the computer. Almost everyone knew Morse code from the war. They would used ham radio to keep in touch and had little phrases to talk on ham radio. Instead of LOL they would say HIHI. Instead of TTYL they would say 73. I was even surprised to learn at Hamvention that the YL’s (ham ladies) used to have their own electronic jewelry booth. Not too different from what I do today. It is interesting that things don’t really change too much.