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Hallicrafters Advertisement -  Operation Overlord aka D-Day
July 1944 QST

July 1944 QST

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With today being the 78th anniversary (June 6, 1944) of the D-Day invasion of Normandy (Operation Overlord) and other beachheads on the coast of France, I thought posting this advertisement from the July 1944 edition of QST magazine would be apropos. This issue of the magazine probably arrived in ARRL member's mailboxes within a couple weeks of the miraculously successful invasion of Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, and Sword Beach. When you consider that in those days - and also not so long ago for that matter - the lead time for going to the printing presses was measured in months, the fact that this ad made the final cut for the next month's issue (July) is noteworthy. Accordingly, I duly make note. See also "Hams in Combat" in the April 1945 issue QST.

Back in the 1980s, there was a big push for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment to be used in military equipment in order to save money. It was the era of $600 hammers and $7000 coffee makers manufactured by defense contractors. The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) was created to address concerns. Anyway, donations of equipment and components from private citizens and companies during World War II were an early form of COTS. Before that, even, most armament - from ammo and pistols to rifles and cannons - at the beginning of the Revolutionary War were provided by private persons and landowners - contrary to contemporary claims that the 2nd Amendment did not include "weapons of war or cannons."

Hallicrafters Advertisement

Hallicrafters Advertisement, July 1944 QST - RF CafeThe Army's SCR−299's went ashore with the wave of Allied assault troops that split the 2nd front wide open. These mobile radio units rolled up on the beachhead early in the battle to serve as a vitally important front line communications weapons to coordinate and direct the striking power of the land, sea, and air forces.

In truck or duck, the Hallicrafters-built SCR−299's go anywhere and are sturdy enough to withstand front line action. Highly dependable and powerful, they "get the message through."

Hallicrafters Radio

The Hallicrafters Co., Manufacturers of Radio and Electronic Equipment, Chicago 16, U.S.A.

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Posted June 6, 2022
(updated from original post on 5/6/2013)

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