April 1946 QST
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
QST, published December 1915 - present (visit ARRL
for info). All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
At first I thought maybe this was intended
to be an April Fools joke, being that it appeared in an April issue of QST magazine,
but it is probably just a coincidence. One of the two topics refers to a "door knob
for UHF," which in reality was a glass-encased vacuum tube that was shaped a lot
like one of the old glass door knobs. The author penned a humorous take-off. On
second thought, maybe this is a Fool's edition now that I have read the second item.
All kidding aside, "Strays" concludes with a poem dedicated to those who became
"Silent Keys" as a result of World War II.
Here are a few other electronics-themed poems:
A Radioman's Nightmare,
The Day Before Christmas,
Sonnet of a Ham,
Ode to a New Rig,
More "Tower" to You, Requiem,
What Is It?,
Having heard and read much about the famous "door
knob" for u.h.f., we decided to try it. We removed the knob from our door and substituted
it for the HY75 in our pet oscillator. Vast improvements were immediately noted,
among which were:
1) Remarkable lack of spurious radiations such as sidebands, parasitics,
2) Stability under modulation.
3) Constant power output and stability over the entire tuning range.
4) No overheating of the doorknob even under heavy load.
5) Circuit constants not critical for normal operation - therefore likely
to give same results even for beginners.
Before you try it, however, make sure your power supply can take it, as the power
consumption is rather excessive. The theory of operation is beyond the scope of
this paper. Suffice it to say that by Judicious use of relativity theory, calculus
of variations, and advanced buggering we became convinced that this apparatus was
the most sensible way of going insane since the invention of the regenerative receiver.
- Victor Mayper, Jr.
- Fred Kann
Connecting-wires in radio receivers are eliminated
by a method announced recently. Bare metal sprayed into channels in a plastic chassis
is the basis for the method which, it is said, speeds production, reduces operating
costs, permits lower prices and improves performance of radio receivers. The process
has been used in other countries, particularly Germany, where in wartime the spray
method was used in the fabrication of radio coils.
How sweetly sleep the Silent Keys!
How proudly wear the Golden Star,
Who gave their lives beyond the seas
In the red hell of war.
They heard the challenge to the right
By which all free men seek to live;
They knew the cost to win the fight,
The price that they should give.
Yet went they forth from hill and plain,
From friendly cities of their birth,
To bring goodwill and peace again
To all the ravished earth.
And now they sleep in foreign fields
Beneath the crosses and the stars;
With memory's tears alone the yields,
And Silent Keys and Stars.
O soldiers, sailors, home again,
Prevent these endless wars
Where right survives by blood and pain,
By Silent Keys and Stars,
- Lt. Comdr. Robert D. Bass, W4CQG-W3JSI
Posted January 26, 2023
(updated from original post on 4/19/2016)