People applying for Society of Wireless Pioneers membership were asked to fill out a form specifying how long they had been in commercial radio, what ship or land stations they had served at, etc. In many cases they added handwritten or typewritten pages about their experiences (equipment used, SOS calls, etc.) These fascinating details help fill out the history as well as the genealogy of the wireless era.
William Breniman 1-P – The founder of the Society of Wireless Pioneers
Richard Johnstone 2-SGP – The first President of the Society of Wireless Pioneers
Henry Dickow 3-SGP – Legendary San Francisco pioneer who chronicled early wireless history
Frank Geisel 5-P – SoWP President whose career included more than 40 years at KPH
George Hubbard 41-SGP – Worked for Federal in Palo Alto, survived Pearl Harbor, shipwreck, and more
Arthur Johnson 44-P – Worked for Federal, survived USS Manley collision in WWI, served at USN Transatlantic Radio in Washington and more
Ray Newby 49-SGP – Assisted broadcast pioneer “Doc” Herrold, owned and operated Lyric Theater in San Jose, and more
Don deNeuf 117-P – SoWP President, well-known ham radio operator, writer, and fixture at Press Wireless
Leslie Grogan 118-SGP – Served on 46 ships, including the SS Lurline in early December, 1941 where he heard the Japanese fleet approaching Pearl Harbor (more on this later)
Karl Baarslag 175-P – Author of the book “SOS to the Rescue” and Lt. Cmdr. in Naval Intelligence
Arthur Enderlin 183-P – Captain Arthur Enderlin, USN, on duty at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941, later Head of Communications for the NSA, and SoWP member
John Waters 221-SGP – Captain John E. Waters, his Certificate of Skill, and his early brush with death
Oliver Wyckoff 401-SGP – This DeForest Pioneer took up wireless telegraphy before the Audion was invented (1906)!
EJ Quinby 402-SGP – Author of the book “Ida was a Tramp”, his first ship, the SS New Jersey, sank in 1914. Did that stop him?
Clifton Watson 403-SGP – Cofounder of shipboard wireless manufacturer Hallock & Watson, in wireless since early times
Arthur Van Dyck 405-SGP – On the ether waves since 1906, his application contains a copy of a letter from FDR!
Paul Means 408-V – Has an account of a fire aboard the SS President Lincoln in 1934, and one of how he “drove an operator out of KFS”!
Charles Lindh 676-SGP – The Pioneer in our July 2018 Featured section
Irwin Cohen 1017-PA – WWII merchant marine service and a long and distinguished career
Marlo Abernathy 1610-P – Radioman, photographer and source of many historical SoWP photos
RHG Mathews 1847-SGP – Co-founder of Chicago Radio Labs (later Zenith Radio) from his days of retirement in Mexico
Henry Poy 2351-SGP – First Chinese-American radio operator in the US Navy, Henry J. Poy
Hans Buehler 3028-M – Hans was a maritime radio operator who became a SK in July 2018