Radio Amateur News, July, 1919, page 18:
C L U B D O I N G S
MEETING OF N. E. AMATEUR WIRELESS ASSOCIATION
The first post-bellum meeting of the New England Amateur Wireless Association was held at the Everett High School recently with an attendance of about seventy-five, Mr. G. R. Entwistle presiding.
A very interesting talk was given by Mr. Arthur Batcheller, the New England Radio Inspector.
All amateur sending licenses, both "operator" and "station," have been automatically cancelled, and when stations are licensed again, new call letters will be assigned. This step is necessary to avoid confusion.
In order to secure a first grade amateur license one must be able to both send and receive not less than ten words a minute, and must also pass a technical examination.
An amendment to the radio laws has been proposed whereby second grade licenses will be issued only after the applicant has filed a sworn statement in regard to the details and physical dimensions of his apparatus (i.e. the length in feet of aerial, ground leads, etc., and input of transformer or coil, whether a short wave condenser is used, etc.).
The radio inspectors will visit the principal cities at certain periods notifying holders of these licenses two or three weeks beforehand. These men will be expected to appear and take an examination for a first grade license. Those who do not appear nor advise the inspector of their inability to do so, will be regarded as no longer interested and their licenses will be cancelled.
The law regarding interference will be as strictly enforced among amateur stations as it now is among commercial stations.
All in all the future of amateur radio looks bright indeed. Mr. Batcheller expects to have five thousand licensed amateurs in New England before long.
The fact that out of twenty-five hundred licensed amateurs in New England the majority enlisted, speaks strongly in favor of continuing amateur radio, for these men were enabled to take up their duties without special training, thereby saving the Government a vast amount of time, which was at such a premium in those strenuous days when every second counted, and the whole war depended upon our ability to safeguard our merchant fleet to send supplies and men to France, to smash the Prussian machine and save ourselves from the fate of Belgium.
A committee was appointed to secure permanent quarters for the club.
Until further notice a meeting will be held once every two weeks.
In order to complete the records the club would like to hear from former members now in service.
Address all communications to the secretary, Mr. P. W. Pratt, 100 Harvard Street, Everett, Mass.