Technology and the Radio Hobby Mature, 1927–1929
Here, we can see the maturation of the hobby culture of radio in the late 1920s. The radio hobby developed a stable profile after the ebbing of “radio fever” and broadened in response to changes in technology. The chapter looks first at the lasting influence of the First World War on the discourse around radio, and pays particular attention to conflict over the words used to describe the new media and hobby. The chapter further shows how “ham radio” developed into a distinct practice and describes the parallel worlds of middle-class and working-class hobby organizations. It looks at the importance of radio in bringing the outside world into the living room via shortwave, and the role of women in the radio hobby.