Naval Communication Reserve, the Army Amateur Network (not military and often used by the Red Cross), and the Amateur Emergency of the American Radar Relay League (AARL),were the main networks as WWII brewed toward the USA. The messages were relayed and transmitted free of charge.
In Los Angeles, CA, the Major Diasater Emergency Council, a behind-the-scenes orgaization, prepared early to take over the handling of relief and and public safety. The operators wore a special uniform and each had special instructions as to their duties.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC), trained intelligent men who were needed to man the new long-range surveillance and direction-finding radio interceptor stations that were being built as part of the national defense program. [This was transpiring in 1939, long before Japan bombed Pearl Harbor]
A very short (1:28) video on the secret wireless war from the UK.
In time of war, thousands…
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