of us have heard about the neighborhood collections for tires, glass,
newspaper, cans, and cloth in order to help support the war effort.
Probably not many have also heard about the Signal Corps' call for milliammeters!
November 1942 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.
That's right, the huge, rapid build-up of electrical and electronic
equipment for radios, vehicles, and factory equipment. Many meters were
needed for monitoring status and making process adjustments. America
had an amply supply of meters in the hands of Amateur radio operators;
all that was required was to separate the Hams from their meters. Fortunately,
an appeal to patriotism was sufficient motivation back then. Numerous
ads were placed by companies and special interest groups like the ARRL
encouraging milliammeter owners to part with their cherished instruments.
Here, from the November 1942 edition of QST, is a printed plea
from the ARRL, and a couple examples of companies looking to collect
milliammeters. At the bottom are two ads, one from Raytheon, and one
from Hatry & Young, with pleas for meters.
One must wonder
whether such cooperation from the public would be met with the same
level of enthusiasm today. Back then, the government was not already
saddling its productive citizens with excessive taxation, so there was
some room left in the hearts of most people to sacrifice a bit for the
good of their neighbors. Now, statistically I'm subsidizing the of half
the people in the country who pay no income taxes at all, the people
receiving 99 weeks of unemployment checks, laptop computers for everybody's
kid in school, and public employees getting paid rates 50% or more higher
than the equivalent average private sector employees. Sorry, but that's
the way it is.
See all available
vintage QST articles.
Your Milliammeters Desperately Needed!
The Signal Corps is in acute need of thousands of milliammeters. They
are most urgently required in connection with the production of other
radio gear. Lack of them is retarding the manufacture of important military
apparatus. The situation is realty critical.
Amateurs have thousands
of milliammeters and the Signal Corps wants to buy them, but regulations
would require formal contracts with every selling armature and would
delay the procedure beyond endurance. ARRL has leaped into this situation
at the request of the Signal Corps and, to speed things up, will purchase
and pay for meters in their behalf and turn them over as fast as they
can be collected.
This is a clarion call. fellows. Send in your
milliammeters to ARRL! On behalf of the Army we will pay $3 for every
d.c. milliammeter of up to 500 ma. full scale which is sent in to us,
of whatever make, the amateur list price of which exceeds $3 and which
is accepted by t he Signal Corps. Meters not accepted will be returned.
Only milliammeters and only d.c. May be either (1) in good working-
condition or (2) burned out but otherwise OK - movement, glass, scale,
pointer must be OK. The crying need is for low values, preferably 0-1
ma., 0-5 and 0-10, but we'll take everything up to 0-500. Don't hold
out your Weston 301s; this is for Uncle Sam and everyone of these meters
wilt do a most important job, the details of which we can't tell you.
Three dollars for a burnt-out dog may be big money but it isn't much
for a 301; everybody admits it. It's just a token payment, not representing
value returned. We must count on your patriotism, your appreciation
of the criticalness of the need, your acceptance of a flat average price
of $3 for all your milliammeters, good and bad, which are accepted.
Reimbursement by ARRL.
This is a case or dire necessity. Much
depends upon this drive. Remember, too, that a favor to the Signal Corps
now is a favor to hamdom later. Your meter will help cement a friendship
that will last a generation. Besides, it's your country. The hell with
the holes in the panels; you can get more milliammeters when you need
them. Come on with them., you fellows! At once! Pack carefully in shock
absorbing material, mark package "Meters," be sure to show your name
and your own complete mail address clearly, prepay charges, ship any
way you like, to:
American Radio Relay League
West Hartford, Conn.
Pleas for Meters, by Raytheon
and Hatry & Young