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Electronics Poetry - "Ravin"
September 1942 QST Poem

September 1942 QST

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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.

Here is yet another example of humorous poetry written by Hams from back in the 1940s... November 1942, to be exact.

Ravin

(With apologies to Edgar Allan Poe)

By Meyer Dolinko

 

ONCE upon a midday dreary, while I pondered weak and weary

In the class laboratory, idly tracing some old set;

As I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping

As of something gently rapping - rapping in my superhet.

Ah - I sharply recollect it came so fast I'd ne'er expect it,

But I quickly did detect it - and began to trouble shoot.

Here are a few other electronics-themed poems:

 • "Power Supply," by Eileen Corridan

 • "Ravin," by Meyer Dolinko

 • "Pre-Radio," by Simpson Sasserath

 • "A Radioman's Nightmare," by Editor, QST

 • "Unpopular Electronics," by Saunder Harris

 • "More 'Tower' to You," by David Moore

Took my faithful long-nosed plier, poked into my amplifier,

Deftly pulled upon a wire - one, or two - or four.

Then I spent ten minutes praying, heard myself quite softly saying,

"Quoth the speaker: 'Nevermore!'"

Stunned and filled with indignation, I withdrew in consternation

As the mystic oscillation kept on drumming in my ears.

"Stray capacitance!" I muttered, but the word was hardly uttered

When the speaker coughed and stuttered ­ adding greatly to my fears.

"Either this, or else distortion!" So I quickly seized a portion

Of my set, and threw all caution out the door ­

With a swiftly mounting fever and the patience of a beaver

Swore I'd fix that damned receiver. Quoth the speaker: "Nevermore!"

Now I looked up rather smartly, thought I had the answer, partly,

For it was my shunt-feed Hartley that was troubling me - I guessed.

 

 

Posted March 24, 2011