Single Sideband Association
Serving Amateur Radio since 1960
into the voice of the Association,
kHz at 2300Z
World War II began in September 1939 as a European war, just as World War I had. Suddenly 121 of the 250 countries on the DXCC list were off the air. At that point, the US was pursuing a course of neutrality, so American hams were allowed to remain on the air. The ARRL soon issued its own code of neutrality, which resulted in the federal government's appreciative support of Amateur Radio.
Canada, along with Britain and most of the British Commonwealth, immediately shut down ham radio, however. This created an odd situation: The US (and the ARRL), following their policies of neutrality, had to treat Canada as a belligerent; no mention of Canadian Amateur Radio appeared in QST until May 1941, when QST began publishing the column "The Month in Canada." It is noteworthy that, of the 3380 Canadian hams then licensed, half were in uniform by 1941, some 900 as officers.
In those early war years, before the US entered the fray, some interesting things happened. The state of the radio art had reached the point that long-haul DX could be worked even with modest, low-cost stations. The Byrd Antarctic expeditions put KC4USA, KC4USB, and KC4USC on the air. Experimenters began to tinker with wideband FM at the upper end of 5 meters (58.5 to 60 MHz). The FCC revamped its amateur exams, eliminating essay questions (and the requirement that applicants draw schematic diagrams) and replacing them with a multiple-choice test. Exams could then be graded immediately at the examination point, sparing the applicant weeks of anxiety.
At the 1940 meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors, George Bailey, W1KH, was elected League president.
In June 1940, World War II hit American hams harder, when the federal government prohibited US hams from contacting hams outside the country. The FCC also prohibited all mobile and portable operation below 56 MHz, with the notable exception of Field Day! At the League's request, this policy was soon modified to allow Amateur Radio Emergency Corps drills during daylight hours on weekends, and to allow true emergency communication at any time.
To be continued next week.
Business: RadioShack Announces 1100 Store Closings
Once a staple of electronics retailing and a ready source of small parts for ham radio homebrewers and electronics enthusiasts, RadioShack has fallen on tough times. In the wake of a substantial drop in holiday sales and a big fourth-quarter loss, the Fort Worth, Texas-based retailer has announced that it is closing 1100 of its outlets, leaving it with some 4000 stores, including more than 900 dealer franchises. RadioShack's stock has fallen by nearly 28 percent on the news.
Reported weak customer traffic at electronics retailers in general over the holiday season was reflected in a 19 percent drop in sales at RadioShack. Now market analysts have begun sounding the death knell for RadioShack, with some comparing the retailer's numbers to those of Circuit City before it went under in 2008.
RadioShack once offered entry-level short-wave receivers, Citizens Band gear, and a wide array of discrete components -- including transistors, resistors, and capacitors. For a time, RadioShack marketed a fairly popular 2 meter hand-held transceiver, as well as two different models of 10 meter single-band transceivers. It failed, however, in its effort to market a dualband VHF/UHF hand-held radio. Over the years, RadioShack has offered fewer discrete components in its brick-and-mortar stores, moving that stock and other products to its online outlet, as it shifted its marketing focus to cell phones, consumer electronics, and various battery-operated gadgets. -- Thanks to Reuters, Yahoo! Finance
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
Georgia Cracker Radio Club Newsletters from the past Provided by WA4IQU and ND4XE
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