Amateur Radio has existed for over 100 years, developing together with early radio technology and early commercial radio communications.
The American Radio Relay League (now also known as the National Association for Amateur Radio) was formed in 1914 and has developed into the principal organization representing the hobby. Its main publication, QST, was first published in 1915 and has continued monthly, with a few interruptions, up to the current day.
The entire editorial content (but not advertising) of historical QST issues is available on-line to ARRL members. QST issues before 1923 are in the public domain, and some of those have been placed on-line for public viewing:
- Wikimedia Commons (QST Magazine) has media files for the original issues through April, 1916, and full issues from May, 1916, through April, 1920.
- WikiSource (QST) has full issues from the first one, Dec., 1915, through April, 1916.
It Seemed to Them...
I have worked on extracting some of the editorial threads that were important for the early development of ARRL and Amateur Radio technology and practice. See "It seemed to them..."
- Check Wikipedia's Amateur Radio History.