1931 W7BRS


My grandfather Hershel Wandling W7BRS (SK) was a ham radio operator. W7BRS was his call (he also held W7CCZ for portable station work).

He got the call W7BRS in 1931.

I didn't know until 2008 that W7BRS was his callsign. When I learned this, I changed my call to W7BRS.

Hershel built radios as a teenager with John Grubel ex-W7RT (SK) when they lived in Alaska. Grubel was active in 6m also. Grubel Photo Credits, Rick Tannehill - W7RT.

The Grubels and Wandling's' moved back to Seattle about the same time in the 20s.

Hershel was also a member of the Franklin High School ARC (Seattle) in the 20s, and the American Legion Amateur Radio Club in the 30s.

I've found some documentation about his licenses and activity:

His Radio License application he filed when he was 17 years old:

Front of Application
Back of Application

Test results

Test Results for W7BRS

Certificate for License, before the FCC was formed:

Front of Certificate
Back of Certificate


Blank W7BRS QSL Card

His Portable License

W7CCZ License

Copies of The American Legion Emergency Radio Net Roster, November 27, 1940. Director and Key Net Control: W7CKJ

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