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Old Betsy Would Be Proud

Ham reception again is likely to be packed

iStockphoto/ray roper
Amateur radio operators and assorted other door-prize hounds will line up once again to get into the Amateur Radio Operators Reception.

The two-hour event starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening of the NAB Show, in Ballroom B of the Las Vegas Hilton.

It’s sponsored by Heil Sound, Broadcast Supply Worldwide and Turner Engineering.

Photo by Jim Peck

Photo by Jim Peck
No doubt the ghost of Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, co-founder of the American Radio Relay League, will be there, hoping someone pulls his name out of the door prize bowl (though he won’t have Old Betsy with him; the rotary spark-gap transmitter remains safely on display at ARRL headquarters).

(Did you know that Hiram has his own Facebook page? And you can see Old Betsy here. She still works.)