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Franklin M. Doolittle's first license was issued in 1920 (general amateur licenses were not listed in the monthly government bulletins); his play-by-play of the Yale/Princeton game was over 1GAI on November 12, 1921.

This chart shows Doolittle was not alone in exploring the Connecticut airwaves in the days before the concept of mass appeal programs had crystallized.

A note on call letters. Special land stations fell under three categories: experimental (call letter "X"), technical and training schools (call letter "Y"), and special amateur stations (call letter "Z").

The numeral "1" indicated the station was in the First Radio Inspection District.

 
  CONNECTICUT RADIO PIONEERS
(compiled from monthly Radio Service Bulletins, Bureau of Navigation, U.S. Department of Commerce)
 
  Bulletin # Date Page Calls Town Licensee  
  2 Feb. 1915 3 1ZC Hartford Harry E. Chapman
(special land station)
 
  3 March 1915 3 1ZZ Farmington David Lyon Moore
(special land station)
 
  " " 3 1ZM Hartford Hiram Percy Maxim
(special land station)
 
  5 May 1915 4 1ZT Hartford Clarence D. Tuska
(special land station)
 
  32 Dec. 1, 1919 5 1ZC New Haven A.C. Gilbert Co.
(special land station)
 
  - Feb. 13, 1920 - 1GAI New Haven Franklin M. Doolittle (general amateur station)  
  35 March 1, 1920 2 WLC New London International Radio Telegraph Co.
(commercial land station)
 
  37 May 1, 1920 4 1ZC New Haven A.C. Gilbert Co.
(special land station)
 
  39 July 1, 1920 5 1XN Middletown Walter G. Cady
(special land station)
 
  42 Oct. 1, 1920 4 1XV Hartford C.D. Tuska Co.
(special land station)
 
  " " 5 1XT South Manchester John L. Reinartz
(special land station)
 
  " " 8 1XN Middletown Wesleyan University
(special land station)
 
  43 Nov. 1, 1920 4 1XH New Haven Yale University
(special land station)
 
  50 June 1, 1921 2 WRY not specified owner of vessel: Harvard-Yale Syndicate
(commercial ship station)
 
  " " 3 1XAA Noroton Heights Percival E. Fansler
(special land station)
 
  52 Aug. 1, 1921 3 1XAC Middletown Wesleyan University
(special land station)
 
  53 Sept. 1, 1921 2 WQB Hartford C.D. Tuska Co.
(commercial land station)
 
  54 Oct. 1, 1921 2 WCJ New Haven A.C. Gilbert Co.
(commercial land station)
 
  59 March 1, 1922 2-3 WST New London Independent Wireless Telegraph Co.
(commercial land station)
 
  " " 4 1XB Greenwich Milton Cronkite
(special land station)
 
  61 May 1, 1922 3 WAAQ Greenwich New England Motor Sales
22 West Putnam Ave.
(commercial land station)
 
  62 June 1, 1922 22 WCJ New Haven A.C. Gilbert Co.
493 Blatchley Ave.
 
  " " 3 WDAK Hartford The Courant
(commercial land station)
 
  63 July 1, 1922 3 WGAH New Haven New Haven Electric Co.
296 Elm St.
 
  " " 4 1XT Waterbury Bristol Co.
(special land station)
 
  65 Sept. 1, 1922 3-4 WKAX Bridgeport William A. MacFarlane  
  69 Jan. 2, 1923 3 WPAJ New Haven Doolittle Radio Corp.  
 

Read more about A.C. Gilbert:

A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village, Salem, OR
Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden, CT
Gilbert American Flyer Trains
The Great Idea Finder
A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society
Photographs from the Gilbert Family Collection

 
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