73 Magazine

Being new to amateur radio, I’m discovering all kinds of cool new-to-me things.

This past week I’ve seen a lot of people mention the death of Wayne Green/W2NSD, who I gathered was a pretty prominent personality in the ham radio world. Along with that were references to 73 Magazine, which he published for over 40 years. A post on the EMRFD Yahoo! group brought me to the complete collection of 73 Magazine on the Internet Archive.

73 Magazine (also known as 73 Amateur Radio Today) (OCLC 22239204) was a United States-based amateur radio magazine that was published from 1960 to 2003. It was known for its strong emphasis on technical articles and for the lengthy editorials in each issue by its founder and publisher, Wayne Green. The magazine title, 73, means “best regards” in amateur radio lingo. Green, a former editor of CQ Amateur Radio magazine, published the first issue of 73 in October 1960.

Naturally, being a sucker for the old and vintage, such a huge magazine archive is like finding treasure. A bit of searching brought me to a Perl script someone had written to suck the PDFs of all the issues out of IA, so I let it run to chew up some bandwidth.

Looking forward to browsing through the archive. Should be pretty cool to read through.

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