April 1946 Radio-Craft
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
At the end of World War II,
much of the basic technology developed under the cover of secrecy was made available
to the public for the purpose of stimulating research and development for commercial
purposes. As with selling surplus material to the American public at significant
discounts, the plan was to reward citizens for a five-year-long sacrifice in the
effort to beat back the advances of Communism, Socialism, Marxism, and the other
oppressive forms of "isms" around the world. History shows that the effort resulted
in a major post-war era of prosperity and a general feeling of well-being by the
country. This Sperry Gyroscope Company advertisement appeared in a 1946 issue of
Radio-Craft magazine, promoting its development of gyroscopically stabilized
marine radar. Other magazines of the era and into the 1970s frequently reported
on commercial marine radars.
Look Ahead to/with Radar by Sperry
• This year, Sperry Gyroscope Company
introduces its new Radar equipment for marine use.
Sperry Radar has been conceived to function better in this Fundamental service:
To enable ships to operate on schedule regardless of visibility ... through thick
fog, heavy rain, dense smoke, darkness.
As an aid to navigation it picks up channel markers and buoys; assists in making
landfalls with assurance; spots icebergs, floating derelicts and other hazards projecting
above surface. It also permits vessels to enter harbors and proceed with all due
safety and caution 'through fog. Another important feature: Sperry Radar provides
a Gyro-Compass-controlled image and can be operated by bridge personnel without
extensive technical background.
In design and construction, Sperry Radar reflects this company's many years of
experience in precision manufacture of marine equipment-as well as its outstanding
achievements in the field of electronics. In simplicity and dependability, this
new Radar exemplifies again Sperry's ability to build superior products for merchant
Sperry Radar Features:
• Designed to meet all Class A specifications of the U. S. Coast Guard.
• Maximum range 30 miles - minimum, 100 yards.
• 10-inch picture on a 12-inch screen.
• Images presented in true or relative relationship at option of operator.
• Gives accurate ranges read from indicator instead of estimated from scope.
• Backed by world-wide service.
Sperry Gyroscope Company, Inc.
Great Neck, N.Y.
Division of hte Sperry Corporation
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