1996 - 2016
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RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The Internet was still largely an unknown entity at the time and not much was available in the form of WYSIWYG ...
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June 1940 QSTARRL's QST magazine. Here is a list of the QST articles I have already posted. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Membership in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is currently $49.00 per year, and includes a subscription to its flagship publication, QST. According to this postcard insert that I found in a June 1940 issue of QST, membership then was a whopping $2.50, and it also included the magazine subscription. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' online Inflation Calculator, $2.50 in 1940 bought you what $43.04 buys in 2016. You can't get much more consistent in holding costs to a consistent standard over a span of 76 years! Working it backwards, the $49.00 membership fee in 2016 is the equivalent of $2.85 in 1940. The comparative difference is a increase of a tad under 14%, but that pales in consideration of the additional service provided nowadays.
BTW, postage for mailing a postcard in 1940 was a mere 2¢, and today is 34¢. In inflationary terms, 2¢ in 1940 bought the same as 34¢ in 2016 - an exact equivalent! The U.S. Postal Service earns an 'attaboy' for that one.
Posted August 9, 2016