Most Ham radio operators know that
Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an
order during World War II that effectively suspended the hobby of amateur radio for the duration of the
war. Many guys sold or donated equipment to the military and/or civil defense organizations out of a sense of patriotism.
The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) gave a symbolic tip of the hat to them in this advertisement that I scanned from the back cover of my copy of
the April 1945 QST magazine. Of course RCA pitched the ruggedness of its vacuum tubes in the process. By
this edition's printing, there was a general sense that the war was nearing an end and eager Hams would not have to wait
much longer to re-engage in their beloved hobby. Indeed, the next month Germany surrendered and four months after
that Japan surrendered. WWII was over at long last.
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. As time permits, I will
be glad to scan articles for you. All copyrights (if any) are hereby acknowledged.
See all available
vintage QST articles.
Radio Corporation of America (RCA) Advertisement