The Wireless Age, October, 1915, page 19:
A National Association Promised
Leading Scientists in the Field of Radio Communication Purpose to Combine Efforts for the Development of the Art
CAREFUL investigation into the conditions surrounding the remarkable growth in numbers and importance of amateur wireless workers is to result in the creation of a great national association, if the plans of the most prominent men in the field of radio communication are carried through as promised.
Details of this important undertaking have not yet been fully disclosed, but it is understood that the famous inventor, Marconi, is to head the organization, and among the array of American experts on the executive staff will be Professors Goldsmith and Kennelly. Instruction in the latest developments of the art will be furnished regularly to all members, and, under the present plans, all American amateurs of good standing will be eligible to membership. Existing clubs and associations may later be taken in on a co-operative basis and special discounts on purchases of club material arranged for through national headquarters.
The association will have for its primary purpose the promotion of experiment under capable direction. It will offer a medium for interchange of ideas and experiences and act in an advisory capacity in the conduct of tests that will enable new workers to progress to more interesting fields. Every encouragement will be held out to novices desirous of devoting a lifetime to the end of definite scientific achievement and as progress warrants it, members will be recommended for admission to prominent engineering societies.
With the support of the leading scientists in America, the association is assured of success and will fill a long felt want in the development of experimental work in a new but vastly important field. It has been recognized for some time that only through co-ordination of effort between clubs and individuals will the differences between conflicting commercial and experimental interests be adjusted. Through the acquisition of a national voice the new association will be in a position to state clearly and authoritatively the sentiments of the amateurs as a whole, without disturbing the identity of existing clubs and associations of limited spheres of activity. It is understood that every effort will be made to promote the welfare of these smaller bodies and special facilities for their individual development will be made available by the national council.
A formal announcement of the formation of the organization is promised in time for the November issue of THE WIRELESS AGE, and from the character of the preliminary details already disclosed this magazine feels it imperative that every established amateur call the attention of friends new in the field to the importance of the coming announcement. For the first time in wireless--or any other art or science, for that matter--the humble seeker for truth will be given the opportunity of absorbing at first hand the teachings and counsel of the world's greatest scientists and receive full recognition of whatever attainments qualify him for consideration in the world of scientific research.