Hooked on DIY?

HAMMING IT UP: Amateur radio operators find themselves hooked on do-it-yourself technology

On Jan. 6, 1838, the message, “A patient waiter is no loser,” went out across a telegraph line set up in Morristown, N.J. It was the first successful attempt to send a telegram, and it traveled an unheard of distance — two miles.

Six years later, another telegram was sent, this time from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, setting in motion an industry that has been the precursor of cell phones and the Internet.

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