April 1933 QST
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
QST, published December 1915 - present. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
Moral standards seem to rigidly obey the
second law of thermodynamics, which states that entropy (disorder) increases in a
closed system. Most people would say society is more rude and corrupt today than in days
gone by - count me among them. However, believing so does not obviate or excuse acts
of deviance in the past. Indeed, even esteemed organizations like the American Radio
Relay League (ARRL) seems to have been guilty of promoting dishonest acts. To wit, consider
this offer appearing in the "Strayed" column of the April 1933 issue of QST
magazine, "For Sale: QSL Cards of any country. Win your WAC without delay. Name your
spot. We'll send the card." It also describes a scheme for ripping off electronics supplies
Quiescent Autonomous Magnification Superintendence
Or the Quintessence of Horseradish
By Egbert Algernon Wales, B.V.D., F.O.B., C.O.D., G2GIN
In furtherance of the complication of the simpler things in life, it is with the greatest
of animosity that we offer the following momentous disclosure of the marvel of the age,
unfortunately brought to us by our Albion correspondent, who chiseled it from the inventor
at 1 cent on the dollar. - Moratorium Editor.
Contemporaneous technological development in the dissemination of edifying entertainment
by propagation of electromagnetic disturbances of predetermined periodicity in the cosmical
medium necessitates application of decidedly rigorous technique in the superintendence
of the magnification prior to conversion in the detection device. To this end has been
developed autonomous means whereby rectified components are ingeniously utilized alternatively,
as it were, to superintend the magnification of introductory circuits of the receiver
by utilization of the transconductance characteristic of the valves, or to reduce the
magnification essentially to nonexistence in the absence of suitable electromagnetic
impulses. It is obvious that quiescent autonomous magnification superintendence is indicated.
Editor's Note. - What he means is, we gotta have quiet a.v.c.
Illustrating the Natty Appearance of the new Model X Hyper-Sensitive
Nothing could give us greater pleasure than to announce the arrival of a new tube
or something novel like that, but all we've got this month is a pair of cans. Made especially
for the purpose of filling that need for an extra set of cans in the ham shack, they
are particularly recommended for the use of those visitors who, after listening to your
modest recital of your DX accomplishments, express polite but uninterested admiration
and then begin a tale about all the DX broadcast stations they've heard. At this critical
point the visitor should be requested to listen in a bit, on which you grasp one can
firmly in each hand and with a rapid scissors-like motion clamp the visitor's ears firmly
between the two. This is guaranteed to cause an immediate change of subject.
Notwithstanding the fact that these cans fill a long-felt want, we predict that their
popularity will be limited. Why? Oh, the manufacturer refuses to give more than 50% discount
from the list price. Imagine a ham buying from a cheap skate like that!
Standard Shift Transmission
Anybody that reports is just a nasty old tattle tale.
For Sale: QSL Cards of any country. Win your WAC without delay. Name your spot. We'll
send the card. We have no limits to super-DX. Some of the best stations use our cards
to high-hat their friends. Box 88, Whoopee, Wisconsin.
Prize Thought: More Hams should visit more radio stores. Then, while one bunch keeps
the owner's attention engaged, the others could walk off with more merchandise.
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