Preserving the history of Amateur Radio,
Forest Fire Lookout Towers and Fire Line Radio Communications
ASSOCIATION CALL SIGN:W7XAQ
(Former U.S. Forest Service Radio
Laboratory Call sign)
Spud Hill Fire, Gifford Pinchot N.F., WA 1937
Mountain Lookout, CO, 1941
/ Thelma Duke, Chase Mountain Lookout, OR
"The unique contribution made
by the Forest Service to the field of electronic communications began in 1928 when a
professional forester near Missoula, Mont., demonstrated his homemade wireless
transmitter-receiver to the Chief Forester and members of his staff. The demonstation led
to establishment of the Forest Service Radio Laboratory in Portland, Ore. For the next 20
years, a small, dedicated, and talented coterie, with no more than amateur radio
backgrounds, designed highly effective portable radio sets for use of personnel on the
National Forests firelines." From
Preface: FS-369 RADIO FOR THE FIRELINE: A History of
Electronic Communication in the Forest Service, 1905-1975
AGENCY AND ORGANIZATION CONTACTS (Click on Emblem)
purpose of the Amateur Radio Forest Fire Lookout Tower Association is to:
1) Promote public
awareness of amateur radio and forest fire lookout towers.
2) Preserve the history
and heritage of the relationship between amateur radio, fire lookout towers,
and fire line radio communications development.
3) Foster fellowship and
camaraderie between amateur radio operators, fire lookout tower enthusiasts, the general
other specialized groups, whose objectives are compatible and can be complimented by the
4) Assist in preservation
and rehabilitation of the historical heritage of forest fire lookout towers.
5) Promote special event
amateur radio operations from fire lookout tower locations.
6) Participate in public
service and safety communications.
7) To provide
opportunities for recreation and social interaction for members, their families, and
is open to any licensed Amateur Radio Operator that has an interest in fire lookout towers
and Fire Line Radio
development. An Associate Membership is open to any fire lookout tower enthusiast that
also has an
interest in Amateur Radio.
To become a member of the
Association, Please sign up for the Association Yahoo group at the following web address: