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How to Send an Amateur Radio Virtual Greeting Card

Sending a card is easy with W4MNR's Greeting Card generator. Just follow the instructions at each step along the way. The W4MNR web site stores your card in a secure directory so only you and the recipient will know how to find the card. As always, we never sell your email address to anyone.

After you have completed the card, we let you preview it before sending it. If you do not like your card, you may edit it and then send it, or just cancel the request. The recipient will receive an e-mail message advising where to find the card.

STEP #1: PICK A PICTURE
Please select a picture from the list below using the little Radio Button selector. You may only pick one picture per card. If you want to see a full size image of a picture, just click on it. You might want to do that before filling in any information on this page, just so you do not risk losing your work after returning from viewing the image.

The Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW Station
Hiram Percy Maxim's desire to purchase an Audion tube. Unable to send a message to Springfield, Massachusetts, from Hartford, Connecticut--a distance of 30 miles--despite his 1 kW output, Maxim resorted to relaying the request via a ham in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, about halfway between. That experience prompted Maxim to conclude that a national Amateur Radio organization could coordinate the relaying of messages, and thus greatly improve the distances hams could cover. The name for the new organization reflected this purpose--the American Radio Relay League
Aerial of Hiram Percy Maxim at his home in Hartford, Conn
Two aerials are arranged, one for sending on 200 meter wave length for distances less than ten miles, and one for sending on 495 meter wave length for distances in excess of ten miles. Five plates of the condenser are used for the 200-meter wavelength and ten plates added to this five for the 425-meter wavelength. The outdoor equipment consists of a 60-ft. mast at one end and a 50-ft. mast at the other, 100 ft. apart. The spreaders are 18 ft. long and have 11 wire of stranded copper between them. The ground connection is carefully soldered and connected to ground at three places. This station can work points in southern New Jersey, northern Massachusets and can receive Colon, Panama and ships at sea, when two or three days out of New York. The station holds a special license for the purpose of relay work in the American Radio Relay League. The call letters are lZM.

From an article in The Radiogram, Vol. 1, No. 2 - June 1915
Radio Station of Hiram Percy Maxim, Hartford, Conn
The receiving station outfit consists of a large loose coupler by means of which I can get very accurate tuning, an Audion Detector and variable condenser. The two sets of phones are usually connected in. The Transmitting sets consists of a 1 K. W. specially made transformer, glass plate condenser, oscillation transformer, H. P. General Electric Company motor running specially built quenched rotary spark-gap.

W4MNR Line -- HIRAM PERCY MAXIM, Hartford, Conn
Antique Microphone Collection
Microphones from a by-gone era located at the Antique Wireless Association Electronic Communications Museum ~ Bloomfield, NY ~.
Hiram Percy Maxim's Original Key
This photo shows the original telegraph key used by Hiram Percy Maxim from 1913 - 1921.
The American Radio Relay League Logo
What more can we add to that..............
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
ARES is a public service organization coordinated by the American Radio Relay League. It consists of licensed Amateur Radio Operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment to provide emergency communications for public service events as needed.

ARES groups are dedicated to serving the communities where they live, working hand in hand with the American Red Cross, local and state governments, and other nonprofit, community-service organizations.

Antique Radio Tubes Collection
This picture reveals over 200 manufacturers of the type 201A tube. This collection is located at the Antique Wireless Association Electronic Communications Museum ~ Bloomfield, NY ~.

STEP #2: NAME AND E-MAIL INFORMATION
In the boxes below, please enter both your's and the recipient's name and e-mail addresses.

PLEASE BE CERTAIN OF RECIPIENT'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
Your Name (Call Sign Optional):
Your E-Mail Address:
Recipient's Name:
Recipient's E-Mail Address:

STEP #3: SELECT YOUR TEXT AND BACKGROUND COLORS
Using the two selector pulldowns below, please select your text and background colors. The script will not check to see if you have both colors set the same, so if you want your recipient to be able to read the card, please select two different colors!

TEXT COLOR BACKGROUND

STEP #4: ENTER YOUR TITLE & MESSAGE
In the box below, please enter your message. Please feel free to use HTML to express yourself!

Card Title
Your Message

STEP #5: SIGN YOUR CARD
Please fill in below, how you would like to sign your card. Examples would be:
Examples
  • Sincerely yours, Ed
  • 73, Fred
  • 88, Bob

STEP #6: PROCEED TO PREVIEW OR START OVER
You are now ready to preview your card! To do so, just click on the PREVIEW button below. If you want to clear the form and start all over, select START-OVER. Your card will not be sent until you press the SEND-CARD button on the preview screen.



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