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Burgess Battery Advertisement
August 1934 QST Article

August 1934 QST

August 1934 QST Cover - RF CafeTable of Contents

These articles are scanned and OCRed from old editions of the ARRL's QST magazine. Here is a list of the QST articles I have already posted. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

This could be a modern day photo of an American DHS or an Israeli IDF agent displaying a body bomb found on an attempted suicide bomber after thwarting an attack, but it's not. In actuality, it is a 1934 Burgess battery advertisement that appeared in QST magazine with the intent of demonstrating to Hams the kinds of research the company was doing. This design was called a 'ribbon battery,' and it could conveniently be wired in a flexible manner with almost any number of series and parallel connections to accommodate required voltage and current combinations, including taps for multiple voltages needed for vacuum tube radios. The packs could be "wrapped about one's body for portable receiver use." Hmmmm, maybe that's what made me think of the body bomb.

Burgess Advertisement

Ribbon Type Battery

A New Burgess Product

Believing that Radio Amateurs are interested in new developments, it is our plan to tell QST Readers about some of the ideas, methods and products evolved by Burgess engineers.

Burgess Advertisement, August 1934 QST - RF Cafe

For example - Mr. W. B. Schulte is showing here a new ribbon or flexible type of dry battery designed for, and especially useful in laboratory, experimental and testing work. It has these characteristics: - (1) Flexible; it may be rolled into a compact cylinder, folded into two or three layers, or laid out flat. It may be hung on the wall, against a receiver cabinet, or even wrapped about one's body for portable receiver use. (2) A potential of 114 volts with taps every 6 volts. (3) Weight, 6.2 lbs. (4) Cost approximately 2¢ a volt .• To any radio amateur who may be interested in this, a detailed description will be forwarded upon request. The Ribbon Battery is a laboratory product, and offered for laboratory rather than general commercial use. Burgess Battery Company, Freeport, Illinois, U. S. A.

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Posted June 10, 2016