Single Sideband Association
Serving Amateur Radio since 1960
into the voice of the Association,
kHz at 2300Z
DX Engineering has acquired
the assets of Cycle 24 Antenna Products, a web-based retailer of
Amateur Radio antennas and antenna components. "Cycle 24 is a great
fit with DX Engineering," said Tim Duffy, K3LR, DX Engineering's
chief marketing officer. "We welcome all of Cycle 24's customers
to the DX Engineering family." He noted that several Cycle 24-developed
products now will be available through DX Engineering. -- Thanks
to Tim Duffy, K3LR
America's "Roaring 20s" had passed and, with them, a period of roaring growth in radio technology. But a large problem had fallen on America, one that began on October 29, 1929 -- "Black Tuesday," the day the stock market crash triggered our Great Depression.
Like everyone else, hams had to tighten their belts during the 1930s. Typical ham didn't have enough disposable income to take advantage of the best advances in technology, so they learned to improvise. Amateur Radio continued to grow, both in numbers and accomplishments. Here are some Amateur Radio and ARRL tidbits from the 1930s:
January 1930 QST announced that phone operation on 20 meters had been authorized.
By the early 1930s most hams were using crystal-controlled transmitters, but most hams had only a small number of crystals. The usual procedure was to call long CQs and then tune up and down the band looking for long calls in reply.
The first ARRL "International" Field Day was held in 1933. By 1938 more than 1000 stations were participating. The event had become as popular as the ARRL DX Contest and the Sweepstakes.
The Communications Act of 1934 created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which replaced the Federal Radio Commission. Within a few years, the FCC was monitoring ham stations, to be certain everyone was following the rules and regulations. QST warned its readers to be sure their transmitters were operating within the ham bands, because the FCC could measure frequency with an accuracy of 10 cycles per second!
By 1936 there were 46,000 radio amateurs in the US; by 1939 the number had risen to 51,000.
The ARRL announced the start of the DXCC program in 1937. In 1938, W3CRA qualified for the first DXCC certificate -- quite a feat!
League Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, died suddenly on February 17, 1936, at age 66. After Maxim's death, the FCC issued the call sign W1AW to ARRL. The Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, in Newington, Connecticut, was dedicated on September 2, 1938, in his honor. The ceremony was broadcast nationwide by radio.
In May 1936, Eugene Woodruff, W8CMP, was elected by the ARRL Board of Directors as the League's second President. Woodruff was the head of the Departments of Electrical Railways and Radio at Pennsylvania State College.
But then, another World War
was upon us. We'll look at hams and the war years next week.
Hurricane Conferences Set for April and May
The 28th annual Governor's
Hurricane Conference (GHC) will be held May 11-16, 2014 at the Rosen
Centre Hotel and Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
This conference will feature an Amateur Radio and ARES component. This
year's theme is "Rethink risk."
"Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication" is
World Amateur Radio Day 2014 Theme
As the IARU's history recounts,
in the early 1920s it was generally assumed that the lower the frequency
and the longer the wavelength, the better, and "very large antennas
and very high power were the rule." Amateur Radio experimenters
were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum, far from being
a wasteland, could support worldwide propagation. As the rush to shorter
wavelengths ensued, however, Amateur Radio, which had proved the value
of this spectrum in the first place, "were in grave danger of being
pushed aside," the IARU's history notes
Several IARU member-societies and associated clubs are expected to field special event stations to mark the occasion. Read more. -- Thanks to Geoff Atkinson, VK3TL, IARU R3 Director, IARU website, ARRL Letter
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