take wireless communications for granted. Just as people my age thought
pocket-size transistor radios that ran on 9V batteries were always available,
today's kids give no thought to whether there was a time when everyone
did not carry a cellphone around. FM radio, if listened to at all nowadays,
is likely either via an Internet connection or via an embedded FM radio
IC in his/her phone, with ear bud wires acting as an antenna. It is
obviously no big deal, since it always was so.
April 1932 QST
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 (if any) are hereby acknowledged.
In the early part
of the last century most people did not own any sort of radio - even
a commercial AM broadcast receiver. Having something as mysterious as
a shortwave 'rig' was an indication of technical prowess since many
operators built their own equipment from kits or schematics. Participation
in amateur worldwide was huge at the time, which is amazing given the
amount of work required to set up even a relatively simple CW (Morse
code) setup. The American Amateur Radio League (ARRL) published extensive
lists of reported contacts (QSLs in Ham-ese) every couple months. Purely
for illustrative purposes, I have posted all 15 pages of very tiny print
as submitted by operators for the April 1932 edition of QST.
The effort required to assimilate and type in all the names, locations,
call signs, etc., was enormous, especially since the information arrived
in an envelope via postal mail - no e-mail or phone calls. No doubt
a lot of errors crept in, but who would ever know?!If you had a father
or grandfather (or occasionally mother or grandmother) who dabbled in
the wireless craft, why not scan the pages to see if you can find him
(or sometimes her)?
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