W. J. Halligan

Newspaper Reporter and the State of Radio

923-1924, Part 6

The Nitty-Gritty of amateur radio, 1923-1924—Bill Halligan

Interacts with amateurs via his columns

 

By Robert E. Grinder, K7AK

7735 N. Irohnwood Dr.

Paradise Valley, AZ

atreg@asu.edu

 

 

Outline

   Prefatory remarks

A.     Little personals: Bill Halligan dialogues in Radio Waves

            (three or more references)

B.     Little personals: Bill Halligan’s chatter in Radio Waves (one

            or two references)

C.     Bill Halligan’s references to himself (1UL) and OWs

            (girl friends and wives)

 

 

 Prefatory remarks

            Five of the Seven Parts and sixteen Installments of, W. J. Halligan, Newspaper Reporter and the State of Radio, 1923-24, have been published in Electric Radio. Each of the five Parts included vignettes that Bill Halligan had written as a radio reporter for the Boston Telegram—four years before he moved to Chicago and ten years before he founded the Hallicrafters Company. The first four Parts also included Epilogues, subdivided by topics, which I produced in order to clarify and elucidate issues raised in the vignettes.

            Part 1 (ER #170, July, 2003, Installment 1) offered an outline of the entire project, a biographical sketch of Bill Halligan, a review of tensions among radio spectrum users, cerca 1923-1924, and a description of the publishing agenda of the Boston Telegram. Part 2 (ER #171--#173) included vignettes inspired by oncoming developments in the radio culture. Part 3 (ER #174--#176) dealt with vignettes associated with broadcast programming and technological advances in the broadcast industry. Part 4 (ER #177—#180) encompassed vignettes centered on the aspirations and tribulations of broadcast listeners (BCLs). Part 5 (ER #181--#185) presented vignettes that described the state of amateur radio and the work of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in 1923—24.

            We have learned from Bill Halligan’s comprehensive columns how broadcast-industry moguls, BCLs, and amateurs coped in 1923-24 with the novelty of radio. We saw that he elevated his responsibilities as a journalist, beyond merely reporting incidences, to work tirelessly to draw isolated, individual readers into an aggregate of similar interests. Thereby, he shared, clarified, and alleviated, respectively, exhilarations, confounding complexities, and disappointments among his readers.

The forthcoming vignettes of Part 6 deal principally with Bill Halligan’s verbal interactions with amateurs located in the greater Boston environs. Bill Halligan referenced almost one-hundred-fifty different amateurs in his columns. A few amateurs were addressed as many as 20 to 30 times, and about half of them, only once or twice.  The presentation is thus divided into three sections. Section A is comprised of amateurs with whom he discoursed relatively intensely. Section B includes vignettes that represent relatively casual chatter with amateurs with whom he was less well acquainted. The vignettes are nested chronologically within alphabetized call letters in the Section A; they are presented by alphabetized call letters in Section B. Section C is composed of vignettes in which he either referenced himself or OWs (girl friends and wives).

Bill Halligan obtained data from personal contacts via a huge network of colleagues, friends, and acquaintances, and in the instance of amateurs, he also monitored their activity around 200 meters into the wee hours every night. The format of his columns established a ready-made bulletin board. He peppered amateurs in his readership area with anecdotal impressions, which were often phrased in one-sentence bulletins. His manner was conversational; his approach was interspersed with questions. As a consequence, his columns became in part a forum for not only apprising greater Boston amateurs about events transpiring uniquely in their world, but also an opportunity for him to instruct them about how matters should unfold.

Given Halligan’s penchant for frankness, dialogues and chatter ranged from accolades and congratulations to chastisements and indignation. He named his interactive prose, “Little Personals.” Not everyone appreciated the “Little Personals”, however. Indeed, a few readers complained: “they do not interest the majority.” Halligan, nonetheless, was wholly undeterred. Somewhat defensively, he “bet” that the “kickers” would cease to be kickers if they tried to write one of his columns.

Section C includes anecdotal references that Bill Halligan made to himself and OWs (girl friends and wives). He never used the first-person pronoun “I” to denote himself. He preferred such self-references as the third-person pronoun “he,” or a surrogate noun like his call-letters, 1UL. He preferred, too, at times, the collective or editorial pronoun, “we”; and when he was the object of an action, he usually chose the pronoun, “us,” i.e., “`1ZD gave the tube to us.”

Bill Halligan married in 1923; shortly thereafter, he became a radio reporter for the Boston Telegram, and moved to 14 Auburn Avenue, Somerville, a venerable suburb adjacent to Cambridge and Boston. The house in which he lived is still standing and is currently occupied.  William J. Halligan, Jr., was born there in January, 1924. Although he abandoned a West Point career to get married, he reports that the attitude of his “OW”, Katy, toward amateur radio was largely detached until he worked someone in Cleveland, and “she came right over to our side of the fence.” His advocacy of amateur radio, however, seemed to exceed in intensity his positive sentiments regarding matrimony. Thus his comments about OWs implied that he assumed generally that girl friends and wives not only were disinterested in amateur-radio activities, but also that they hampered the aspirations of their husbands to key up their transmitters, e.g., “wonder when his OW will let him come on the air again,” “the OW surely must have done a job on this usually active fan”, and  “the moral to be drawn from the above is for all key pounders to marry lady hams”.

Bill Halligan was an extrovert of surpassing social skills, which he honed in part, by dodging self-aggrandizing assertions and avoiding condescending aspersions. Although he indulged occasionally in self-effacements, he could be rankled when he felt wronged. For example, on one occasion he dressed down “George”, who possessed a high-power station and who evinced annoyance when Halligan apparently interfered, perhaps justifiably, while he was making a DX contact. Halligan retorted that George was wrong, and he avowed that he happened to have eight more years experience in “the game” than George, “and had probably forgotten more than George will ever know.”

Bill Halligan never dealt in his prose with technical details associated with amateur equipment. However, he conversed comfortably with amateurs regarding various aspects of their stations, e.g., 5 to 250 watt transmitters,  straight AC on a CW set (ACCW),  spark coil ICW or vacuum-tube ICW,  chemical rectifiers, 500-cycle spark transmitters,  rectified AC,  motor generators and dynamotors,  radio-phone modulation, cage aerials, commercially available tubes like the UV-200, UV-201 and UV-202, Armstrong, Meissner, Hartley, and Colpitts circuits,  regenerative and Reinartz receiver designs, etc.

Amateurs in 1923-24 worked within a relatively limited lexicon of theoretical concepts, a sparse body of construction techniques, and a thin realm of operating practices when they interacted with one another. Bill Halligan’s vignettes indicate that some amateurs thrived at the cutting edge of new technology as they explored new, state-of-the-art apparatus, and others lagged behind, being either satisfied with time-tested gear or void of financial resources with which to move on. Nevertheless, a great deal of homogeneity prevailed within the amateur community in 1923-24. Virtually every amateur transmitter was designed primarily to send signals by Morse code. Most amateurs built their own apparatus, and the entire cohort was fairly familiar with the types of equipment that everyone was using. Activities, which were reflective generally of interest levels, centered on chasing DX, handling traffic, and “rag-chewing.” Status was apportioned among members of the amateur community based on standards of both station excellence (financial resources)  and proficiency (personal skills) in sending and receiving the Morse code.

            The 1924 Government Callbook indicates that Bill Halligan  was licensed to operate a 10 watt transmitter. Most of the time during which he was writing for the Boston Telegram, he operated a single tube, five watt ACCW transmitter, which caused to him to generate no-end of QRM to a flock of neighboring amateurs. He could afford to purchase next to nothing in way of amateur equipment, so friends eventually gave him chemical rectifiers and a couple of five-watt tubes to help him resolve inference problems and boost his power input up to ten watts. The basis of his receiving apparatus was a one-tube (probably a UV-200), Reinartz receiver that he built in 1922 with taps on the coils that permitted him to copy signals from 600 meters to 100 meters.  His aerial configuration is unknown, but doubtless it was inferior, given the congested neighborhood in which he lived. His obviously inadequate amateur station frustrated him immensely. He was thrilled, for example, when he learned from a report in QST that he had been heard in Seattle, but for the most part he deplored the fate that confined him to working amateurs mainly around Boston.

Part 6 reveals that Bill Halligan advised his peers in the amateur community with candor and composure. There are no expressions of compunction, except maybe in passing self-deprecations. Why did amateurs appreciate his commendations and take notice of his disparagements? How was it that such a young reporter had the audacity to reprimand men who were many years his senior, who possessed professional standing far exceeding that of his lowly entry-level job, and who had accumulated financial resources way beyond his means for acquiring high-power transmitters capable of transcontinental and transatlantic contacts?

As noted above, station excellence and operating skills were among the cardinal attributes of status in the amateur community during 1923-24. Bill Halligan was at the bottom of the status hierarchy in respect to criteria marking station quality, but he was among the very elite at the top of the hierarchy based on operating skills. Consider the results of a contest held on Saturday evening, May 17 th, 1924, during a First District meeting at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Several hundred amateurs and BCLs enjoyed the annual banquet and get-together. The occasion was “all dolled up” with distinguished guests, including “a considerable gang” from ARRL headquarters.

“The evening’s program was opened with a code speed contest conducted by ‘Ted’ McElroy, champion code man of the First, and was won at a speed of 39 w.p.m. by ‘Billy’ Halligan, 1UL, ARRL D. P. M. [District Publicity Manager] for New England, who carried away a beautiful silver cup” (QST, July, 1924, 7, p. 36). Kenneth B. Warner, Fred Schnell, and Irv Vermilya were in attendance. Did they participate in the contest, too? Whatever, the contest certified that Bill Halligan was one of the more proficient CW operators in New England. No wonder, then, that amateurs in Boston resonated with his print bulletins, appreciated his praises, and heeded his admonitions.                

 

 

A. Little Personals: Bill Halligan’s Dialogues in Radio Waves (three or more

   references)

 

1-AF, Harvard Wireless Club

 

1-AF is now running on regular schedule. His CW sure is FB this year. [10/15/23]

 

Long call from 1-AF of Somerville. The station he was calling who pounded in so loud was listed at Bath, Me, “DX, oh Boy,” said 1-AF, as he heard the other fellow come back, “What’s your QRA, OM?” inquired 1-AF, just to check up. “Somerville,” replied the other guy, and AF’s high hopes took a  flop. [10/16/23]

 

The Harvard Wireless club, using the call letters, 1-AF, is the latest Greater Boston station to communicate directly with European stations. Early the other morning operators of the Harvard club exchanged messages with amateur radio stations in England. No difficulty was experienced by operators on either side of the Atlantic any at any time during the communication. Amateur radio men, members of the American Radio Relay league are certainly making history. [2/21/24]

 

1-AJA, George J. Etter

 

Despite the fact that 1-AJA is unable to erect a really good antenna, he appears to be getting out in great style. He’s been heard working various second, third, and eighth district stations. [9/8/23]

 

1-AJA is certainly pounding very QSA since he installed his 50 watter. [9/13/23]

 

1-AJA, who does fine work with straight AC on his CW set, says he can’t raise his next door neighbor when he rectifies it. But that  is not the reason why we haven’t invested some money in one of the many varieties of  rectifiers now on the market. [9/27/23]

 

We weren’t at all surprised to see 1-CRW among the calls heard in England, for we knew he received numerous cards and letters, but what do you think of 1-AJA, being heard 100 or more miles off the English coast? Thought you weren’t getting out, OM. FB, anyway. [11/3/23]

 

George Etter (1-AJA) of Dorchester, reports exceptional results with his new 20 watt German tube. He has received a card from 7-YL, Spokane, Washington, checking receipt of his signals at fair audibility. [12/23/23]

 

At the meeting last night of the Commonwealth Radio association, Scenic Temple building, Berkeley and Dover sts, George Etter, 1-AJA, of Dorchester, shared the plaudits of members with the “radio raffle.”  George’s recent accomplishment of holding steady communication with PCII, a Dutch amateur station, has put him well in the lead of local radio amateurs in DX radio communication. He uses 100 watts rectified AC and a short wavelength something near 150 meters. For receiving he is using the 9-ZN tuner described in “QST” the official American Radio Relay league organ. [2/16/24]

 

Interest in the study of code is steadily increasing in the Union Radio club of the Y.M.C.U., Boylston st. Inspired by the accounts of licenses amateurs like George Etter, 1-AJA, of Adams st., Dorchester, who are in nightly communication with European stations, members of the Union club have turned to the study of the code with renewed vigor with the object of obtaining amateur licenses and erecting transmitting stations so they can enjoy similar DX. [2/18/24]

 

George Etter, Adams st. Dorchester, is one of the few radio fans in this section who is experiencing the real thrills of radio. Almost any night now George can sit at his apparatus, hear and actually communicate with stations in England, France, and Holland. In the case of the last two, communication must necessarily be carried on in the international abbreviations, or “Q” signals. This, as Vernal Fuller, 1-KH, has observed, is sufficient reason why radio men of all countries should learn a language common to all. [2/19/24]

 

George Etter, 1-AJA, of Adams st., Dorchester, is not far behind Heap [1-BDT] in the trans-oceanic radio work. George has worked something like ten British and Dutch stations, his latest being 2-KF, located in London. George recently received a card from Leon Deloy, French 8-AB, whose station is located in Nice, France, who says he has heard 1-AJA scores of times and has called without success. Believing his receiver was a fault, George immediately constructed one after the Grebe 13 hook-up which he says is a great improvement over the 9-ZN which he was formerly using. [2/29/24]

 

The beveridge antenna seems to be all the go. Many fellows shun it, or rather pass it by as something beyond their field of accomplishment. But according to Sheldon Heap, 1-BDT, 1-XAR, of Atlantic, and George Etter, 1-AJA, of Dorchester, there’s really nothing to it.

      For the benefit of those who know not what the Beveridge is it might be said it is giving all the appearances of being the one thing plus a good receiver which brings radio as near the ideal as is possible. For 200 meter work it consists of a 650-foot length of wire as nearly on a straight line as possible. The free end has a resistance of 250 ohms in series with the ground.

      The antenna should be about seven feet from the ground, but 1-AJA has his run along a fence which is less than five feet high. George uses cotton covered bell wire which is simply tacked along the fence. This type of antenna is, of course, directional, but it covers a range 15 degrees either side of the free end. For distance work this would mean a considerable range in one direction. We should be glad to hear from fans who have experience with the Beveridge for broadcast work. [3/4/24]

 

1-AKB, Peter T. Cucuvallas

 

1-AKB of Lynn is doing exceptionally good work with his 50-watt phone set. [5/12/23]

 

1-AKB again crowns himself with glory. This time he won first prize for efficient apparatus in a radio magazine. [8/16/23]

 

1-AKB creates quite some stir on phone. Heard him working DX the other night. His modulation is perfect. [9/11/23]

 

1-AKB, of Lynn, is getting ready to leave for New York, where he will enter a position as radio expert in one of the larger radio houses. The gang is bound to miss such an active man as AKB. Incidentally, the American Radio Relay League news department will be shy one good man. [10/27/23]

 

The air seems rather bare since our good friend 1-AKB left us. We may hear him from New York. Who can tell? [11/20/23]

 

1-AKB was heard using phone recently. Gang wants to know if you’re back for good or whether you’re merely visiting. [11/27/23]

 

Pete Cucuvallas, 1-AKB, of Lynn, is back on the air again. Last we heard of Pete, he was in New York in the radio business. [5/5/24]

 

1-ANA, Roland B. Bourne

 

1-ANA is doing fine work with his ACCW set. He’s one of very few operators in New England who can still work WNP. [5/12/23]

 

1-ANA was heard calling WNP, but no luck. He succeeded in getting Canadian 2-CQ and other DX. His CW sigs are very QSA and his tone is FB. [9/5/23]

 

1-ANA, Bourne of Chatham, one of the leading amateurs of the country, has been announced as winner of the Grebe transmitter offered as a prize to the amateur who copied the greatest [total of station miles] of European “hams” during the recent American Radio Relay league trans-Atlantic tests. We extend our heartiest congratulations to 1-ANA, and at the same time modestly remark that we knew the First district always was and by the same token will be in the lead in amateur radio. [2/26/24]

 

Six Massachusetts amateurs scored in the recent trans-Atlantic tests held under the auspices of the American Radio Relay league, one of them, R. B. Bourne, 1-ANA, of Chatham, winning the grand prize of the entire contest.

      The tests, so far as the American amateur were concerned, consisted of listening for signals from amateur radio stations in Europe over a 20-day period from Dec 20 to Jan. 10. Mileages to stations heard were then totaled and prizes awarded.

      The grand prize won by Bourne, which consisted of a 100-watt Grebe transmitter, was given for the greatest total of station miles. Other Massachusetts amateurs among the prize winners were Sheldon S. Heap, 1-BDT, of Atlantic, who won first prize for the greatest French mileage for any single night; Levi G. Cushing, 1-BCF, of  So. Duxbury, first prize for the greatest total French mileage for any single night: Levi G. Cushing, 1-BCF, of South Duxbury, first prize for the greatest total French mileage: Robert H. Sproul, 1-GG, South Hamilton and Richard S. Briggs, 1-BVL, Dorchester, third and fourth prizes, respectively, for greatest British mileage for any single night; Boardman H. Chace, 1-BDU, Winthrop, a member of the Commonwealth Radio association, third prize for the greatest total British mileage. [3/5/24]

 

1-ARL, Albion McCarthy, jr.

 

1-ARL has a fine note to his CW set. He comes in fine and is easy to copy. [10/15/23]

 

1-ARL has blown his tube. He says 1-QA  scared it to death. We’re sorry, OM. Know what it is to be tubeless. Guess 1-QA must have scared ours, too. [10/23/23]

 

1-ARL expects to be off the air for some little time. Reason being that he blew his brand new VT-2. Tough luck. [10/27/23]

 

Brookline High Radio club has been reorganized and 1-ARL has been appointed chief operator. A new call has been applied for and the station should be heard on the air before very long. [11/12/23]

 

1-ARU, Richmond H. Blake

 

1-ARU, using 20 watts, is doing good DX, but even then he isn’t satisfied. HIS QRA is not yet in the callbook, and for the benefit of those who have heard him he is Richard K. Blake, 102 Hawlett St., Roslindale. Is it necessary to add that he would appreciate an occasional card? [10/1/23]

 

Through some oversight we neglected to mention the fact that 1-ARU was heard in Lancashire, England. ARU is using only 20 watts of CW. Incidentally it should be quite an S tube boost, since ARU uses that type of rectifier exclusively. Should be pleased to hear what other DX you’ve done. [11/6/23]

 

1-ARU suffered several calamities with his S tubes. So he’s now going to try chemical rectifiers to work in conjunction with his 20 watt CW set. [11/12/23]

 

This statement may be doubted, but 1-ARU’s signals seemed louder to us in New York than they did in Somerville the other night. [11/28/23]

 

 1-ASP, Ernest E. Brown

 

1-ASP certainly is FB on his ICW. What DX have you done, ASP? [9/11/23]

 

1-ASP, of spark coil ICW fame, is being heard on his five watt ICW set once again. His signals are fine and his tone FB. [9/28/23]

 

1-ASP is pounding in like mad lately. Increased power, or what, OM? [11/3/23]

 

1-AYD, Charles B. McKeen

 

1-AYD is QSA lately. What DX have you done, OM? [10/31/23]

 

Boy, won’t the gang go in for receiving now that 1-AYD has heard WNP. But they won’t stay with just receiving. How about that 1-CPI? [11/6/23]

 

1-BJE known too as 1-AYD is another who has heard WNP. He uses a spark coil ICW for transmitter. Though he hasn’t done any DX to date, he hopes to be hitting them out soon. [11/12/23]

 

1-AZN, A. Frank Maguire

 

Who said spark coil ICW was no good? Listen, you hams with the high-power spark and CW sets, to the record of 1-AZN of Cambridge. With his spark coil ICW equipment 1-AZN has worked 2-MR, way down in New Jersey. Further than that he’s always reported QSA at distances up to 50 miles. [8/14/23]

 

Ever met Horace Croucher, second operator at 1-AZN? Regular live wire. [8/14/23]

 

“Sure,” said 1-AZN one day, “I’m going to get going on 10 watts very shortly.” And as he turned to go, he felt the cold muzzle of the electric light company’s pet revolver pressed against his s. plesxus, and he heard a voice behind the gun exclaim: “Pay us $95 or we won’t put juice in your house.” AZN’s face fell, his hopes fell—he even fell himself. Following a period of extensive swooning, Frank recovered sufficiently to remark: “On second throught I guess I’ll stick to the old ICW.” [9/8/23]

 

1-AZN was very QSA the other night. Give him a call, but guess he didn’t hear us. AZN is treasurer of the Commonwealth Radio Association, and consequently a good man to be friendly with. HI [9/12/23]

 

1-AZN continues to do fine work with his ICW. [9/15/23]

 

To 1-AZN , treasurer of the Commonwealth [Radio] association, goes the laurels as premier radio set constructor. AZN has built sets for so many persons that he has lost count. All he knows is that he is contracted to keep sets in about every city from here to Springfield in repair. Mrs. AZN doesn’t like it a bit, however. [10/2/23]

 

Sunday morning 1-AZN CQ’d for a few moments, then listened in. 1-ALI, Portland, ME, came right back, but AZN’s tuner didn’t bring him in. 1-BQM, Whitman, Mass., was another station which answered AZN’s CQ. Not such bad DX for spark coil CW, radiating 4 amperes. [10/3/23]

 

Haven’t heard from 1-AZN in a long while. [10/19/23]

 

1-AZN is QSAer than ever before, with that new coil. Where he was bringing in the 8’s and 2’s before, he should now reach out, perhaps, to a 9. [10/26/23]

 

Wanted—ideas on power transmission—1-AZN.

      1-AZN following his stunt of working 8-BOY on spark coil ICW, has been seized more than ever with the idea that he’d like to further increase the power of his transmitter. Purchase of additional storage batteries and the wiring up of his house are both out of the question at this time, he says. [11/9/23]

 

1-AZN is sure some tickled since he received that card from 8-BOY, but who wouldn’t be under the circumstances? AZN is still using that same spark coil ICW set. [11/15/23]

 

All set for the T-A tests which begin Dec. 22? 1-AZN and one or two others are going to fix up a stage of radio and one of audio for receiving signals from the other side. Bet they succeed. [11/27/23]

 

Station 1-AZN, Cambridge, owned and operated by Frank Maguire, treasurer of the CRA, is back on the air again, this time with five watts. “Mac” is anxious to receive reports from those who hear his signals. He has had exceptional success with spark coil ICW, and knowing of his skill and ability with radio apparatus we believe he will meet greater success with his new set. [1/3/24]

 

Frank Maguire of Cambridge is using one of the new German 20-watt tubes at his station, 1-AZN. First crack out of the box he succeeded in working a Canadian station in Toronto. Not such bad work. Frank expects to improve even on that. [1/9/24]

 

Several local amateurs report hearing a station of the Pacific coast answering Frank Maguire (1-AZN) of Cambridge. This is remarkable work, since none of the local stations, so far as known, has worked sixth district stations recently. [1/25/24]

 

Frank Maguire, 1-AZN, of Cambridge, treasurer of the Commonwealth Radio association and until today one of the most depressed amateurs in this vicinity is once again wearing that beautiful smile which has won him friends all up and down the line. To those active in amateur radio and who know Mac’s story, the reason for this is apparent. Where more than a week ago the source of power for his transmitter was denied him, his present rise from the depths would indicated a new source of power. Which would move Vernal Fuller, 1-KH, of Medford Hillside, to remark—“More power to him.”  [2/2/24]

 

Frank Maguire, treasure of the Commonwealth Radio association and owner of station 1-AZN, Cambridge, is again doing his usually excellent DX. [2/12/24]

 

Frank Maguire, 1-AZN, of Cambridge, eager to work something more than fourth and ninth distrct stations, has changed from the 1-DH to the Hartley circuit in his transmitter. He finds that the Hartley is more flexible than the DH, but to date he has not done any exceptional DX with it. Although he had great success with his Reinartz receiving tuner, Frank is following the example of other local radio amateurs and has begun to work on a new 9-ZN tuner, such as was described in The December issue of “QST,” the official organ of the American Radio Relay league. Frank is also going to build another 9-ZN receiver for 1-UL. 2/14/24]

 

1-BAM, Ralph H. Hutchins

 

1-BAM, although an old-timer in the radio game, has just installed radio phone transmitter. Modulation, strength of signals and wave are all FB. [5/19/23]

 

1-BAM is all enthused over a card he received from a ninth district station the other day. According to the card, BAM’s signals were heard in the ninth district, very QSA, between 6 and 7:30 p..m., about a month ago, which would come pretty near being daylight transmission. Great work, 1-BAM. [10/18/23]

 

1-BAM appears to be getting out in great shape lately. [1/10/23]

 

1-BAM continues to do good DX. [10/31/23]

 

1-BDT, Sheldon S. Heap

 

1-BDT should be going full blast by this time. [11/15/23]

 

What is believed to be a world record in amateur radio communication was made early yesterday morning when Sheldon S. Heap, 1-BDT, 1-XAR, living at Atlantic st, Atlantic, exchanged messages with ACD, an amateur radio telegraphy station located in Rome, Italy.

      Using his 150 watts of purest CW on a wavelength of 110 meters, Heap accomplished his transmission which is regarded as the most unique in amateur radio history. To date Heape has worked 17 foreign stations, five of them in France, four in Holland, and eight in England. The March-April issue of Radio Relays will have a more complete description of the apparatus used by Heap and further details of his results. [2/29/24

 

The beverage antenna seems to be all the go. Many fellows shun it, or rather pass it by as something beyond their field of accomplishment. But according to Sheldon Heap, 1-BDT, 1-XAR, of Atlantic, and George Etter, 1-AJA, of Dorchester, there’s really nothing to it. . . . (see 1-AJA) [3/4/24]

 

Six Massachusetts amateurs scored in the recent trans-Atlantic tests held under the auspices of the American Radio Relay league . . . among the prize winners were Sheldon S. Heap, 1-BDT, of Atlantic, who won first prize for the greatest French mileage for any single night; . . .  (see 1-ANA) [3/5/24]

 

 

 

 

1-BDU, Boardman H. Chase

 

When are you on the air, 1-BDU? You seem to collect all the dope, but we never seem to be able to get any on you. Hi. [11/3/23]

 

Members of the American Radio league throughout the country are eagerly awaiting announcement of the prize winners in the recent trans-Atlantic listening tests. Nearly 40 European amateur stations are reportef to have been heard. Among the amateurs in this vicinity who scored the most points in the contest are Boardman Chase (1-BDU), of Winthrop, and Irving Vermilya (1-ZE), of Mattapoiset. Vermilya reports that several times during the tests he heard French 8-AB while using only an indoor antenna. This reception was done on a Grebe. [1/16/24]

 

Wonder where Boardman Chase, 1-BDU, has been recently? Everyone missed his column last week. How about it 1-BDU? [4/28/24]

 

1-BHO, Leo Marchetti

 

1-BHO is playing in tough luck. Here he is radiating 1.9 amps with his new 10 watt set, and he can’t seem to get around the house. Using the same set and single wire antenna, he worked 9-BHO. But since he erected his new cage aerial he hasn’t done a thing. Since he has an accurately calibrated wave meter, he knows he sharp on 200. [5/30/23]

 

From 1-BHO: “1-BNS was calling CQ the other night on his humming phone. Gave him a call but I guess the tubes on his receiver were turned off, as the only tumble I got was off the chair. His CQ must have meant calling it quits.” [5/30/23]

 

1-BHO is the latest advocate of the single wire antenna. He had been using a cage, but he couldn’t seem to do any particularly good work. Then he attended a meeting of the Commonwealth Radio association, where he heard 1-CPI and one or two others tell of the fine work they were doing with a single wire, and he followed suit. He appears to be getting out in fine shape since he made the change. [10/2/23]

 

1-BHO seems to be pounding in very QSA of late. That is, of course, when he’s on.

[10/12/23]

 

Where are you these days, 1-BHO? Sorry our little chat was interrupted the other night, but thanks to 1-CG we are now able to resume it. How about some waves, for a starter? [10/15/23]

 

1-BHO is once again having his difficulties. He started out with a cage antenna, and being unable to do work with that resorted to a single wire. Then, he got out in great shape, working 2’s, 3’s, and 8,s. After all this good work, he built himself a new counterpoise. And now he’s in radio darkness again. [10/16/23]

 

Extra. 1-BHO was heard by 6-BUH. This, according to a list of calls heard in a Pacific coast radio magazine. Station  6-BUH is located in Salt Lake city, Utah. The Medford amateur has written to 6-BUH to verify the reception. 1-BHO is using 10 watts of rectified CW. [10/18/23]

 

Well, 1-BNT you won’t be annoyed much longer with that ACCW, for 1-BHO has kindly willed us his chemical rectifiers. AC isn’t any good anyway. How about it, OM? [10/27/23]

 

1-BHO has taken over I-KA’s generator. Hope you do as good work as KA, OM

        Aren’t those letter of 1-KA’s great stuff though. [10/30/23]

 

1-BHO was heard by 1-CG. Though his signals were QRZ and his hand was like a foot, a close application of patience and operating skill plus countless repeats did the trick. Still another attempt will be made in near future to transmit signals over this same distance. Watch for announcements. [10/30/23]

 

1-BHO worked 3-HH right off the bat after he got his set working. 10/31/23]

 

Leo Marchettl (1-BHO) of Medford is still having difficulty with his transmitter. He expects, however, to be working the key sometime this week. [12/14/23]

 

They always come back, someone said. Frank Maguire, 1-AZN, of Cambridge, and Leo Marchetti, 1-BHO, of Medford are both back on the air after periods of enforced silence. [2/4/24]

 

Leo Marchetti, 1-BHO, of Medford, has met with such great success with his transmitter lately that he is well qualified to give advice. Leo says that the reason some of the amateurs hereabout are not doing well with their sets is because they will not let well enough alone. He suggests that once the transmitter is tuned and a fair amount of radiation is being obtained, the set should left “as is.” 1-BHO has been doing consistent DX work with 20 watts. Ninth district stations are worked with the ease of those in the first district. [2/5/24]

 

Leo Marchetti,  1-BHO, of Medford, is one of those fellows who will say it was a poor night for DX, after he has worked a dozen or more stations most of them out in the Mississippi valley. [2/12/24].  

 

Haven’t had an opportunity to try out the new 1-BGF, which 1-BHO and 1-AJA so kindly assembled for us, but from its appearance it is FB, and we hope for real DX. [3/6/24]

 

 

 We can say one thing about Leo Marchetti, 1-BHO, and that is that he’s thorough. Not content with some of the parts on a tuner which he recently constructed for a friend, Leo drove over to the friend’s house the other day, armed with full soldering equipment and straightened out the parts with which he was dissatisfied. Need it be remarked that the set now works like a charm. [3/25/24]

 

1-BNT, Walter S. Blake

 

1-BNT of Somerville is going to put in a higher power transmitter. BNT was heard working 9-ZN, Chicago, the other night, which is considered an exceptional piece of work at this time of the year. He’s still using four 5-watt jugs. [5/12/23]

 

Where’s 1-BNT these days—or nights. [5/19/23]

 

Apropos of our discussion of yesterday on 1-BNT’s long distance records to Saugus and other outlying points, that gentleman informs us that he’s reported as having been heard in Cuba. And he says it isn’t Cuba, Mass. either. So there you have it. [5/23/23]

 

Who said 1-BNT is dead? He was heard transmitting. In fact, working another Somerville stand-by, 1-CRE, just the other night. [5/30/23]

 

The days are getting longer. The temperature is beginning to show promise of rising. The far-famed flora of New England is blooming more than ever. But, through it all, 1-BNT continues to do especially fine DX work with his trusty 15-watt set. [6/2/23]

 

1-BNT is an electrical experimenter from wayback, if what we hear about him is true. It isn’t quite the thing to gloat over another’s misfortune, especially when that misfortune includes the loss of several valuable tubes. But here’s the story. BNT tried to light up four five-watt tubes with 110 volts. The room lighted brightly for a few seconds, according to those who were present, after which the tubes were no more Reminiscing over the event, BNT says he as going to get a 50-watt set, anyway. [8/1/23]

 

What happened to 1-BNT? Last we heard of  him he blew a flock of five watt tubes. Someone suggest a depleted exchequer after a particular trying summer. How about it, BNT? [9/6/23]

 

Not a peep out of 1-BNT. The OW surely must have done a job on this usually active fan. [9/8/23]

 

We don’t blame you, 1-BNT, but it’s the best we can do for the present. If we can grab off enough time during the next week to throw a boxful of jar rectifiers together, we’ll most certainly do it. Must say though, that we felt honored to have one of your station’s even give us a “reck.” [10/15/23]

 

1-BNT, using 20 watts, worked 3-HH at dusk the other evening. 3-HH said the Somerville boy’s signals were QSA, FB, BNT [10/16/23]

 

1-BNT and 1-KA were paid official visits by Radio Supervisor Charles C. Kolster. As a result of the visit their wave lengths were lowered several meters. [10/18/23]

 

All aboard for the trans-Pacific tests. Every morning now stations can be heard trying to get their signals across to Hawaii. Among the local hams who have received code words are 1-BNT and 1-CIT.  A free for all test will be held Sunday morning about 3 o’clock. [10/18/23]

 

1-BNT and 1-CPI have entered in friendly competition against one another. A certain sum will be paid to the operator working the most districts; another berry or so will go for the greatest number of stations worked, and still something else again for the countries. Since BNT is using 20 watts and CPI 15, a system of compensation has been agreed upon, but the thing is so complicated that we haven’t been able to figure it out. [10/19/23]

 

Well, 1-BNT you won’t be annoyed much longer with that ACCW, for 1-BHO has kindly willed us his chemical rectifiers. AC isn’t any good anyway. How about it, OM? [10/27/23]

 

Heard 1-BNT working 4-IW through pretty heavy interference. What say you to that, 1-CPI? [10/27/23]

 

1-CPI is, he says, one jump ahead of 1-BNT in their race for DX. [10/27/23]

 

Walter Blake, 1-BNT, of Somerville, will soon be back on the air, his 20 watt transmitter completely remodeled. [2/4/24]

 

1-BVH, Laurence Fessenden

 

1-BVH is back again, chasing messages in the same pre-summer manner. He’s doing fine DX with 10 watts. Hope we can do as well when we set up the brace of five watt jugs next week. [8/16/23]

 

1-BVH is spending lots of time lately trying to master the elusive bug key. Like beginning anything else, the first experience with the vibroplex is rawther [sic] painful. Which coincides with the observations of sundry fans. [9/8/23]

 

1-BVH is now attending college. This will keep him off the air somewhat, as he says the home work is too tough to permit the standing of many 24-hour watches. One local ham offers sly comment to the following effect: “Tough luck, OM, Guess the girls will miss you as much as the rest of us.” [9/29/23]

 

1-BVH is back again. He says the reason he has been off so long is “measles, mumps, and college.” [11/19/23]

 

 

1-BWF, Oscar F. Jacobson

 

1-BWF comes in very; QSA. He’s one of the DX stations we have worked. He’s located in Neponset, by the way. [9/14/23]

 

1-BWF has received four cards from England. [11/6/23]

 

1-BWF has a pretty nice note on CW. [11/9/23]

 

1-BWF, using 10 watts and radiating 1.6 amps, has received five cards from across. FB, OM. We thought you were using much more power than that. [11/12/23]

 

1-CAV, Laurence E. Ticehurst

 

1-CAV appears to have increased his power. Either that, or he getting more out of the power he had been using. What DX , OM? [10/19/23]

 

1-CAV is going right regularly, it seems. What DX are you doing OM? [10/27/23]

 

1-CAV is coming along in great shape. Where once most of his communication was confined to work with 1-COM, who apparently lives a few streets away, he’s working ‘em all over the lot now. In addition he seems to have improved remarkably in speed. Either this or there is a different opr. at the key. [10/31/23]

 

1-CDI, Ethan A. Murphy

 

Here’s a piece of operating that 1-CDI may be justly proud of. Using two 201’s and radiating .5 of an amp., he worked 3-AJP in Philadelphia, his signals being reported very QSA. Further than that he’s got a rather neat fist. [9/8/23]

 

My what a flatterer 1-CDI is. He must place great trust in our poor five-watt transmitter for he gave us a message the other night for Nova Scotia. Looks as though we’ll have to take the next boat for that place in order to deliver the message for the said transmitter, to date, hasn’t reached much further than Watertown. [9/12/23]

 

1-CDI has promised to be a regular contributor to this here column. We’ll need you, OM. [9/14/23]

 

What’s happened to 1-CDI? Here we’ve been waiting for nearly a month for some waves from you, OM, and not a wave have we seen. Is it true that you have slipped from the lofty estate of CW-HAMS to the lower level of concrete mixers? [10/19/23]

 

1-CG, W. F. Woodworth

 

Day by day, in every way we run across another disciple of Paragon Paul. 1-CG bought a Paragon about six years ago. Being a regular amateur, he tried every new hookup that’s been introduced. But he’s always returned to the old stand-by, and is firm in the opinion that nothing can touch it. [5/23/23]

 

Just as we were about to send 1-CG a new batch of stones to crush on his machine, the said CG comes forth with the information that he’s about to adopt CW for keeps. It appears that he tried CW before, but couldn’t get decent results.

       The moral to be drawn from the above might be “crush and to crushed” or something of the sort. Take 1-AWU, for example. Judging from his breath (comparatively speaking) and a few other things, he’s pretty well supplied with the old felspar. To attempt a parody on a one-time song, “If the BCL’s don’t get him, the inspectors must.” [5/24/23]

 

1-CG has completed his 20-watt CW set. He is using a motor generator, and we must say his signals are very strong. We would be tickled to death to see our friend Wylie Woodworth at the next meeting of the Commonwealth Radio association. [5/25/23]

 

Wonder what’s happened to our old friend and townie, 1-CG? Last we heard from him he was changing his location and also changing over from stone-crusher to CW. [8/16/23]

 

The new QRA of Wylie Woodworth, 1-CG, is 64 Lexington st., Charlestown. He solicits cards, even as you and I. [10/10/23]

 

1-CG has great difficulty in getting his Paragon receiver to perk on the amateur wave lengths. He, consequently, is gathering together the necessary parts for a Reinhartz. We’re sure he’ll get the desired results from this tuner. [10/13/23]

 

1-CG has taken unto himself a massive motor generator, capable of generating 1200 volts of the purest DC. Maybe he won’t do some DX with that baby. He has been using a MG, which threw out about 350 volts. Despite this voltage he has been doing remarkable work with both his phone and CW. [1015/23]

 

Great is the joy which reigns at the home of 1-CG since those two cards came in from the sixth district. One of the prizes was from 6-AOR; the other from 6-RR. So far 1-CG is using only 350 volts on the plate, 350 volts from a DC generator, using 1-DH circuit. But wait till he sets up that other generator, the one which pushes out something like 1200 volts! [10/20/23]

 

1-CG is certainly getting out since he made some repairs on his motor generator. His big-generator is also the business. Maybe he won’t get cards, letters and probably a few Ku Klux notes when he gets those two 50 watt tubes that he’s talking about. [10/27/23]

 

1-QA is experimenting with a magnetic modulator, formerly the property of 1-CG. Hope you have better luck than CG, OM. He didn’t seem to have any luck at all. [10/27/23]

 

1-CG is considering 100-watt equipment, using S tubes for rectification instead of DC generators as at present. Judging by the strength of CG’s signals we have no doubt that he is able to do DX, but he himself is a bit discouraged because he hasn’t actually worked any of the higher numbered districts. Why don’t you try the early morning act advocated by 1-CPI, 1-BNT and others who are doing good distance work on comparatively low power? [11/22/23]

 

Wylie Woodworth, (1-CG) of Charlestown, is having great luck with the 20 watt German tubes. Send us a record of your best DX, OM. [1/3/24]

 

We are getting increasingly better DX weather and every amateur and BCL in the vicinity is profiting by it—with the possible exception of Wylie Woodworth (1-CG) of Charlestown. As every radio fan knows, the best time to send or receive over great distances is in the early morning hours. But no power on earth could induce Wylie to separate himself from his downy couch much before dawn. [1/9/24]

 

Wylie Woodworth, 1-CG, of Charlestown, will soon break out on the air with a 50 watt tube teamed up with one of Tobe’s 20 watters. This, at least, is what he expects to do. [1-28-24]

 

Will these miracles never cease? Here we’ve been bemoaning our inability to get out and we hear from Wylie Woodworth, 1-CG, of Charlestown, to the effect that he worked 6-ARB, in California, using 50 watts on a W.E. tube. Next we hear of the remarkable work George Lang, 1-KA, of Somerville, is doing—working any number of  West coast stations almost any night in the week. And to think some of us can’t get out of the first district. [4/26/24]

 

1-CIT, Richard Tousey

 

1-CIT is now working with an outside loop antenna. He says its fine business. As we understand it, it’s something on the order of direction finding loop, with an inside control. [5/22/23]

 

1-CIT who was once very much heard on spark in these parts, is having considerable difficulty with his now 50 watt CW set. Stick to it OM. Ur bound to hit it right soon. [5/24/23]

 

1-CIT stands ready to relay them to Tuskaloosa and points West. The new 50-watter is working FB. Bring on your traffic! [6/2/23]

 

All aboard for the trans-Pacific tests. Every morning now stations can be heard trying to get their signals across to Hawaii. Among the local hams who have received code words are 1-BNT and 1-CIT.  A free for all test will be held Sunday morning about 3 o’clock. [10/18/23]

 

1-CIT quite modestly says that he has worked a couple of 9’s. CIT uses 50 watts CW.

[11/12/23]

 

 

1-COC, Ervin L. Crandell

 

1-COC of Allston is on again with a 5-watter and is doing remarkable work. He works Maine regularly in daylight, using ACCW. Wonder what he’ll be able to do when he begins using straight CW? [7/30/23]

 

1-COC is now using a 500 volt generator. It has not only cleared out his CW note, but his modulation on phone is almost perfect. He has worked 2-GK, 2-BRC, 3-AWF, and all reported him very QBA, FB, OM. [9/5/23]

 

1-COC was heard the other night working the second district on phone. [9/8/23]

 

1-COC has established a schedule with 2-CJR for 5 p.m. [10/30/23]

 

1-AVF says 1-COC should watch (or is it wash) his fist when he signs off. [11/9/23]

 

1-COC, aided and abetted by 1-BBG, has just erected a new stick. Hope he has good luck. [11/12/23]

 

1-COH/1-OG, Bertram F. Pierce

 

B.F. Pierce, a former Navy operator, who worked the key on NGR durng the war, is now sitting in at 1-COH. He signs BF. [10/2/23]

 

1-COH  is doing about the finest work an any 5 watter in this vicinity. He, like many other hams, requests that those hearing his signals drop a card. His QRA is the

 call book, which means that we haven’t ours handy. [10/2/23]

 

Gosh, isn’t 1-COH pounding in these days. When we last talked with COH he said he was using five watt. Have you increased your power since that time, OM? Or have you added some to your counterpoise? Let’s have the dope. [10/11/23]

 

1-COH, that was, is now 1-OG. Outside of that he’s pounding in to beat the band. And in addition he’s as sharp as a razor. [10/13/23]

 

1-OG, formerly 1-COH, although now using 10 watts, doesn’t seem to be having much luck to date. We expected that when OG announced the added five watts, we’d soon see his wall all covered with post-cards. But he assures us that such is not the case. He would be glad to receive a few cards, he says. [10/26/23]

 

1-OG is getting six tenths. Haven’t heard what DX you fellers have done. How about it?

[11/2/23]

 

1-OG’s rectifier sounds great. Hope he succeeds in doing some real DX. [11/19/23]

 

 

1-CPI, Waldo J. Kelley

 

They say that all honest men are safely ensconced in the arms of Morpheus at 2 a.m. We are, at least. But the same cannot be said for 1-CPI. Any number of hams have told us that the said Mister Kelley may be heard any morning at that hour working at eight or, perchance, a six. [5/24/23]

 

1-CPI is performing miracles with his 10-watt CW set. He’s received bales of cards from the many hams who’ve heard him. And more that that, he one of our leading “Brass Pounders.” (A Brass Pounder, by the way, is a ham who handles 300 or more MSGS during any one month.) CPI’s phone has been heard in Pennsylvania and New York. Imagine that on 10 watts. [6/1/23]

 

The Watertown Radio club is working with Canadian 1-DD, with a view to establishing a direct line of radio communication between Boston and Halifax. 1-CPI and 1-DD (Can.) are in almost constant communication, and it is hoped that when the gang returns to the air in full force in the fall everything will be fixed. [6/1/23]

 

This fellow—Kelley, 1-CPI, persists in breaking records and incidentally, breaking into print. His latest little stunt is a talk by phone with 2-CBG, way down in New Jersey. And he’s still using that same 10 watt set. Let’s see someone crash through with something better than that, if they can.

     One of our biggest papers saw fit to comment editorially on this same fellow Kelley and some of his recent achievements. [7/10/23]

 

1-CPI has regular message schedules with 1-CDN, of Rhode Island and 3-CDK, of New Jersey. He says the messages aren’t coming in fast enough yet. His telephone number is Newton North 3879-M. [7/25/23]

 

2-BVC of Oyster Bay, N.Y., is another ham who’s been pounding in like a local station. Hams and BCL’s hearing his phone signals lately couldn’t believe that he was really some distance away. It’s a fact, thought, that he summers at Oyster Bay and winters at Miami, Fla. His call, when at the latter place is 4-HN. Heard him chewing the fat with 1-CPI the other night. He said at the time that he had heard CPI on several different occasions last winter at his Miami station. Which occasions another record for Waldo Kelley using, as we have previously pointed out, only 10 watts of CW. [7/30/23]

 

That three weeks rest seems to have done 1-CPI’s trusty transmitting lots of good. He’s reaching out better than ever before, and his note is the prettiest in G. B. [9/5/23]

 

1-CPI, whom all of us know, has ceased being idle and disorderly and has gone to work. He has opened an electrical supply shop in Cambridge. Best of luck, OM. [9/6/23]

 

Eureka, it worked. After our old friend 1-CPI had toiled patiently until after 2. a. m., not to mention his long walk from Somerville to Watertown, it really perked. [9/11/23]

 

Speaking of phone, we heard 1-CPI working a station in Elizabeth, N. J., without a bit of difficulty. [9/11/23]

 

Haven’t heard friend 1-CPI for two or three days. [9/13/23]

 

1-CPI has torn down his set for the time being. This explains why we haven’t heard him on the air for the past few nights. He’s going to give the set a complete overhauling and put in some permanent wiring, after which he’s going to add another five watts. If his DX increases proportionately, he’ll work the rest of the way around the world without much difficulty. We suspect that “Kel” has his weather eye out for WNP, and the winter TA tests. [9/14/23]

 

1-CPI says he isn’t having such good luck with his new 15 watter as he had with the old 10 watt set. [10/10/23]

 

1-CPI and 1-BNT have been doing great daylight work, with CPI probably in the lead. Several 3’s, 2’s, and 8’s have been worked by Kel when the sun was shining brightest. 1-CPI  is using 15 watts of the purest CW we’ve heard. His wave is so sharp that a fellow living next door would be liable to go by him unless he exercised the greatest care in tuning. [10/16/23]

 

Radio conditions have been very poor, just as “Whit” says. That applies to transmitting as well as receiving. Some of our most consistent DX workers, among them 1-CPI, 1-BNT, 1-CIT, 1-CRE, 1-CRW and 1-BWJ, have had considerable difficulty in getting outside the first district. But conditions like the present do not last for long, for which all radio fans are glad. [10/18/23]

 

1-CPI is running a radio column in a Watertown paper, which is a regular knockout. FB,OM. Only wish half of these hams were as energetic. [10/19/23]

 

Heard 1-BNT working 4-IW through pretty heavy interference. What say you to that, 1-CPI? [10/27/23]

 

1-CPI is, he says, one jump ahead of 1-BNT in their race for DX. [10/27/23]

 

Boy, won’t the gang go in for receiving now that 1-AYD has heard WNP. But they won’t stay with just receiving. How about that 1-CPI? [11/6/23]

 

Waldo Kelley (1-CPI), of Watertown, is proving himself one of the most active members of the American Radio Relay league in this vicinity. No task is too trivial or too difficult for “Kel” to tackle if it means helping some newcomer to radio out of a difficulty. Just now he is conducting a question and answer column in his town paper, which has proved of especial benefit to many beginners as well as to some of the more experienced radio men. [1/3/24]

 

Waldo Kelley of Watertown, owner and operator of station, 1-CPI, is no longer the sleepless wonder, according to some of his intimates. It’s almost an impossibility now, they say to awaken Kel much before 7 a.m. to do his turn on the all-night watch. [1/9/24]

 

Returning again to 1-CPI, Kel has been doing remarkable work with his transmitter, having worked scores of stations in all districts but the 5th, 6th, and 7th. He hopes soon to bring these districts to his door. In one night he easily worked nine 9th district stations, a feat which is considered most unusual in view of the poor DX weather. He gives as one of the reasons for his success the fact that his receiver is working FB. Of course the big item is the fact that he is using two of Tobe’s 20 watt tubes. [1/18/24]

 

Ever on his toes so far as radio is concerned, Waldo J. Kelley, 1-CPI, of Watertown, was the first radio amateur and in fact the first person in this vicinity to hear that the Shenandoah had broken loose from her moorings at Lakehurst, N. J.  He picked up a broadcast from 1-XAQ, operated by S. Kruse, at Hartford, Conn., technical editor of QST, the official organ of the American Radio Relay league, Kruse, in turn, had received the message from amateurs. [1/18/24]

 

Wonder who will be the next amateur in Greater Boston to communicate with one of the foreign stations. We suspect that 1-CPI, Waldo Kelly, of Watertown, will soon be in the running. [2/16/24]

 

1-CPN, Paul Morse

 

1-CPN of Worcester is reported down this way as coming in more than loud at all times of the day. [6/2/23]

 

Wonder what particular grievance the Worcester hams have against 1-CPN. [7/25/23]

 

1-CPN, the old standby, hasn’t been heard on the air lately. Wonder where he is these days? [7/27/23]

 

1-CPN is stepping out and doing some fine DX on a single wire. He worked 7-SC once or twice. [11/20/23]

 

1-CRE, Edwards H. Diggins

 

1-CRE hasn’t been on the key so much of late. He’s working the phone quite a bit, however. Quite in keeping with the antenna number of “QST,” 1-CRE made a number of changes on his “ant” and the results have been entirely satisfactory. He’s now using an adaptation of the cage type, which was described in detail, in “QST.” (“QST” is the official organ of the American Radio Relay League.) [5/22/23]

 

1-CRE was working his phone the other night. First time we’ve heard him in nearly a month. Where have you been keeping yourself, OM? [9/12/23]

 

They can say what they please about 1-CRE, but he’s certainly doing fine DX. Only wish we could work half as far. [10/12/23]

 

1-CRE blew his plate transformer. Sorry, OM. [11/12/23]

 

1-CRE, of Somerville, is young, which probably accounts for the fact that he seems not to understand or care for the usually courtesies of the air. Other station in Somerville occasionally work a DX station, and in so doing would appreciate the cooperation of 1-CRE, especially after making him a special request. [2/12/24]

 

1-CRW, Jeffrey-Nichols Motor Co.

 

1-CRW has resumed all night watches. 1-COC. an active Commonwealth Radio Association member, takes a turn at the key at CRW on these all night séances. [5/19/23]

 

1-CRW is in the race for the daylight trans-cons and later on for WNP. He’s going to increase his power from 50 to 150 watts. Then he’s going to swing his antenna in WNP’s direction, and let her go. Best of luck, OM. [5/29/23]

 

1-CRW recently kept an all night watch, starting at 11:30 and ending at 7:30 the next morning. 1-COC was second operator. Using one 50 watt bottle, Hartley circuit, 1500 volts on the plate, straight CW, the following stations were worked: 8-TC, 8-CCJ, 3-BRF, and 3-BMJ. On fone 2-CSX, 2-BIR, 2-CUZ, 2-BNV, and 9-ZT. QRN was particularly bad throughout the night. 1-CRW radiates 4 ½ amps on CW and 2 ½ on phone. [9/5/23]

 

1-CRW, who is using 50 watts now, is putting an additional 100 watts, which, according to ohms law, makes 150 watts altogether. We have a fairly well founded suspicion that CRW is determined to do solid work with WNP, not to mention the French fellow named DeLoy and one or two others not in the United States. [9/27/23]

 

Gosh, don’t we envy 1-CRW. He’s sporting some beautiful cards from 6-CHC and 7-IT. This makes every district for CRW, and on 50 watts. When he gets that other 100 in, wonder what kind of work he’ll do. [10/2/23]

 

“Sorri OM, but won’t be able to work you until 1-CRW gets through.” Such utterances indicated that he said 1-CRW makes considerable noise when he opens up. [10/10/23]

 

1-CST, Edward Ellis

 

Hrd 1-CST for the first time the other nite. What influence have you over 1-SI, OM?

[10/27/23]

 

We had a most enjoyable key conversation with Eddie Ellis, 1-CST, of Winthrop recently. We look forward to many more of these, for Eddie is chock full of ideas for the advancement of the amateur, and so are we, even if Eddie doesn’t think so. [4/28/24]

 

To Eddie Ellis, 1-CST, Winthrop—Not improving, Eddie, it has always been good.

[5/3/24]

 

To Eddie Ellis, 1-CST, Winthrop: Here’s a chance to show your stuff. Get in touch with Frank Maguire, University 3936-R; obtain some convention tickets from him and circulate them among your 50 friends. If they’re all good hams like yourself they’ll be sure to appreciate the fact that all of  Hartford, from K. B. Warner down will be at the convention, in addition to many others who are bound to excite interest in the most blasé fan. [5/12/24]

 

1-CSX, Raymond O. Mortensen

 

1-CSX, following the example of 1-CPI, has taken a few wires out of his antenna, and finds that he is able to reach out better than every before. [9/28/23]

 

1-CSX and 1-UL are each mourning the loss of a 5 watt tube. This leaves CSX with 15 watts and UL with zero. Knowledge of the demise of the last mentioned should bring joy to the hearts of 1-CIT, 1-BNT, 1-KA, 1-CRE, 1-AF and one or two other hams located in Somerville. [10/10/23]

 

Say, 1-CSX, where are those wild waves? Anything at all, OM. [10/11/23]

 

1-CSX is not getting out so well since he went down to 172 meters. [10/30/23]

 

1-CSX, the older, is now attending a convention at Richmond, VA. Hope he doesn’t get smoked up, down there. [11/13/23]

 

Welcome to 1-CSX. Glad to hear you on again. [11/27/23]

 

Ray Mortenson (1-CSX) of Malden, has solved the problem of “more volts” for his new German 20-watt tube. Using only his 200-watt transformer he has bridged the chemical rectifiers in such a manner as to eliminate the center tap of the transformer and thus draw 1500 volts from the transformer. [12/23/23]

 

Ray Mortenson, 1-CSX, of Melrose has almost doubled his range since he added another German 20 watter to his transmitter. Where he was able to work 3’s, 8’s, and an occasional 9, he now is able to drag in the 4’s and 5’s and has high hopes of landing a 6 or 7 before many more moons. [1/21/24]

 

1-DY, A. V. Johnson

 

Understand that DY went away and got married. Can anyone verify the rumor? If so wonder when his OW will let him come on the air again? [7/13/23]

 

“Say, OM, I hear 1-DY back on the air on spark again. Aerials are getting so common around here that clothes lines are going out of style.” [10/11/23]

 

1-DY insists that he is going to get CW. When, OM? [10/31/23]

 

1-KA, George W. Lang

 

From BCL: “Heard 1-KA working 1-WW the other night on phone. His modulation is perfect and signals very QSA in Brockton. If your 20 watt set works as well as your 10 watter, you need have no kick, 1-KA. [5/30/23]

 

1-BNT and 1-KA were paid official visits by Radio Supervisor Charles C. Kolster. As a result of the visit their wave lengths were lowered several meters. [10/18/23]

 

1-KA is getting better results every day. 10/31/23]

 

1-KA [says] that he worked 7-KS in Astoria, Ore., about 5 a.m., Nov. 3. That beats anything we’ve heard of around this way in some time. This, of course, with all due respect to 1-CRW, 1-ARU, 1-AJA and other hams who were heard across the Atlantic. 1-KA is using 50 watts. CW, not as some people seem to think, ICW. [11/12/23]

 

George Lang (1-KA), of Somerville, announces another DX record. His latest feat of communication is to talk by radio telephone with another amateur station in Detroit, Michigan. Visitors at the radio show will remember Lang’s transmitter, which was on exhibition at the booth of the Commonwealth Radio Association. [1/15/24]

 

1-KH, Vernal E. Fuller

 

1-KH where hast thou been of late? Ye radio colyum misseth the fire of thine pen. [10/10/23]

 

We thank you 1-KH. We’re grateful to you, 1-CG. [10/12/23]

 

Those letters—those powerful paragraphs, what would we do if 1-KH’s typewriter went on the Fritz? Ans.—We’d pass out of the picture. [10/30/23]

 

Some recent long distance transmission tests at Station 1-KH resulted in failure, we learn. If the waves traveled a few miles further they would have reached their destination. HI. [12/1/23]

 

Vernal Fuller, 1-KH, of Medford, is another fan who is planning the construction of a 1-BGF tuner, one of those described in the article on low-noise receivers in February QST. It seems to be the consensus of opinion hereabouts that the 1-BGF is superior to all others. [3/3/24]

 

We are glad to hear our old friend and associate, Vernal Fuller, of Medford Hillside, on the air once again, using his call letters, 1-KH. We somehow anticipate that, though he is now using spark coil ICW, he will be bruising the ether with something more imposing before the fall. Not, of course, that we depreciate the capabilities of his present transmission system, but we’ve concluded that a little power helps at times. [4/26/24]

 

Try as we will, we have been unable to hear Vernal Fuller, 1-KH, of Medford, with his spark coil ICW. We’ll have to get the Wouff-Hong after that set. [4/28/24]

 

1-MQ, Michael A. J. Sannella

 

1-MQ, located in East Boston, is working his 15-watt CW phone set up at his summer home in Saugus. His phone signals, by the way, are very QSA. Mike says that the spark days have gone forever so far as he’s concerned. Which causes 1-QA to be convulsed in merriment. [5/25/23]

 

1-MQ getting out FB these days. [10/30/23]

 

1-MQ has returned to East Boston again and is now using 15 watts straight CW. His phone is FB. [11/8/23]

 

1-MQ’s phone is FB on 10 watts. ACCW is also QSA. [11/20/23]

 

1-QA, Henry A. Barnacle

 

Who says the spark coil is disappearing? Not 1-QA, at any rate. Worked him the other night. He had the nerve to ask QRK, and he’s only five miles away. At that time he was coming like the much mooted ton of bricks. [5/23/23]

 

Concerning 1-QA’s spark coil. Just as we said, he doesn’t intend to cease using it. But the latest report has it that he’s going to use it in connection with his proposed ICW set. [5/24/23]

 

1-QA of East Boston gets a note from his spark coil ICW that sounds almost exactly like WNP. It’s great stuff, OM. [7/25/23]

 

1-QA is no laggard when it comes to getting out with spark coil ICW. He has received cards from all parts of New England. Although we haven’t verified it, we understand that he worked a second district station. [8/14/23]

 

We’re still waiting for 1-QA to kick in with sundry waves for this column. [9/12/23]

 

1-CDI  has promised to be a regular contributor to this here column. We’ll need you, OM.

      1-QA promised the same thing some time back. We heard from him once. But only once. [9/14/23]

 

Wonder what’s happened to 1-QA? [9/17/23]

 

Thanks, QA. We’ll intercede with St. Peter in your behalf., if you think that will be sufficient reward. Haven’t had an opportunity to test the tube, but will report as soon as we do. [9/27/23]

 

Where’s 1-QA these days? Sorry we couldn’t see you last meeting, OM, but it was a case of business stepping in ahead of pleasure. [10/11/23]

 

That bootleg tube works OK, 1-QA, but it doesn’t begin to compare with the Cunningham, or a repaired UV-200. [10/11/23]

 

Hope we didn’t disappoint you the other night, 1-QA.[10/15/23]

 

We know that Wylie’s call is 1-CG, 1-QA, and that’s the way we wrote it. But you never can tell what the boys downstairs will do to a thing like that. [10/15/23]

 

Guess you did get the best tube in the joint, 1-QA, Hi. [10/15/23]

 

1-ARL has blown his tube. He says 1-QA  scared it to death. We’re sorry, OM. Know what it is to be tubeless. Guess 1-QA must have scared ours, too. [10/23/23]

 

1-QA is experimenting with a magnetic modulator, formerly the property of 1-CG. Hope you have better luck than CG, OM. He didn’t seem to have any luck at all. [10/27/23]

 

1-QA says 1-OG and 1-UL are like Mike and Ike—they sound alike. But he hasn’t been listening since Sunday—since 1-BHO willed us his chemical rectifier. [10/31/23]

 

1-QA says he wishes some of the hams in East Boston would wake up and get a set going. [11/2/23]

 

1-QA says he’s glad to know 1-DY. We’d be gladder if he speed up on that CW and then infect 1-SI similarly. [11/2/23]

 

1-QA, our East Boston correspondent, now has a secretary. The old boy can sit back and dictate instead of wasting ink and patience writing. He’s a lucky boy, hey hams? [11/7/23]

 

1-QA works DX. Big headlines. Absolutely was heard working 1-MQ the other night. We’re positive there was no mistake. [11/7/23]

 

Another Reinartz  rooter. We dealt with 1-CG last time, if our memory is accurate. And now 1-BHO. The last mentioned threw as an old reliable together and now he wouldn’t part with it for all the receivers in the world, . . . yet the Reinartz lost the debate. But that was only because of 1-QA’s oratory. His stirring well-placed comment, his scathing, vitriolic invective, all had their effect. [11/14/23]

 

1-QA, East Boston correspondent for “Waves,” is scheduled to come through with a number of good ones tonight. [11/16/23]

 

1-QA has been able to work 1-CG consistently. Since he put in that Reinartz QA hasn’t been able to reach him. Speaks pretty well for the Reinartz, doesn’t it. [11/20/23]

 

1-QA put a few things over on us, but we’ll watch his copy next time. [11/22/23]

 

Jawn threatens to swipe 1-QA from us. Let him try and do it. How about that 1-QA?

[11/28/23]

 

1-QA, Henry Barnacle, of East Boston, is said to be still busy drawing out his circuit for amateur radio men he met at the recent show. [12/19/23]

 

Though unable, because of illness to attend the last meeting of the CRA, we learn that Henry Barnacle, 1-QA, contributed a most inspiring bit of histrionics to the general babel. We always have admired QA, both as an operator and as an orator, but we fear in this instance he is misguided. Time alone will tell, and in the meanwhile we hope QA works Europe with his spark coil ICW. [3/25/24]

 

Recently we expressed hope that Henry Barnacle, 1-QA, of Saratoga st., East Boston, would succeed in “working” Europe with his spark coil ICW. Today we learn that signals from 1-QA have many times been picked up in Memphis, Tenn., and Illinois, not to mention other parts of the country. This is most unusual for such a small amount of power, but QA has the proof in the form of a card received from 9-BUK, who reported this remarkable feat. [3/28/24]

 

 1-RA,  John H. Beedle

 

1-RA is another adherent of spark coil ICW. He says it’s the only thing and he ought to know, for he’s worked almost 300 miles with his set. [8/16/23]

 

1-RA appears to be doing fine work with his ICW set. Heard that he worked a second district station the other night. [9/17/23]

 

Now comes 1-RA with spark coil ICW and says that he has worked several 8’s, one of whom is 8-NB. That fellow does better DX every day. [10/16/23]

 

1-RA is doing good work on phone. He uses spark coil ICW for code transmission, and for voice he places a microphone in the key circuit. [10/18/23]

 

Will the wonders performed by 1-RA never cease? Latest dope has it that he worked 3-WY. He’s still using the same spark coil ICW set. [10/30/23]

 

1-RA sure is getting out on that phone set of his. QA wants to know how ur making out with that [?] inch coil. [11/8/23]

 

 

 

 

 

1-SI,  John F. Ege

 

Horrors! 1-SI, the Greater Boston terror, announces he will continue to use his 500-cycle spark set this winter. I-QA, our East Boston correspondent, says he heard 1-SI testing for a whole hour the other day. Hams, we’re in for a lively season. [10/15/23]

 

“Talk of a bedlam.”  NAD, WBF (on spark) and 1-SI were on all at the same time the other day. We couldn’t help but wonder how we ever did a bit of work in the old days, with all that noise. But now that we’re educated to something better, the sample of the now antique modes of radio transmission given us when the three named got on at about the same time, seemed like so much avoidable noise. [10/16/23]

 

Now we know what Hugo meant when he asked “What’s to become of the, etc.” He was merely wondering how long the suffering hams and BCL’s of greater Boston are going to put up with that awful noise known as 1-SI, and then what way they had in mind of getting rid of him. [10/18/23]

 

Hrd 1-CST for the first time the other nite. What influence have you over 1-SI, OM?

[10/27/23]

 

Trick receivers may come and wave traps may go, but 1-CPI and countless other suffering hams and BCL’s within a radius of 25 miles of Boston have asked, “where is there a receiver that will tune out 1-SI?” [10/31/23]

 

1-SI’s colossal nerve is once again coming to the surface. He told 1-CCX the other night that if the hams and BCL’s in these parts want him to use CW they’ll have to chip in for a CW set and then he’ll give it a try. From which we are to assume that if such a donated set didn’t suit his whims he’d go back to spark. Oh, yes, we forgot to mention that he hopes this free CW set will be a 600 watter. But then, there appear to be some that think he’s not a bad fellow. [11/6/23]

 

Ham writes in to say 1-SI knocks the diaphragms out of his phones. Won’t some kind and generous ham buy him a CW? [11/7/23]

 

1-SI claims to have heard WNP. Must have a good receiver. But, his transmitter is not so good—at least from our point of view. [11/12/23]

 

Someone sent 1-SI a sarcastic card the other day, which greatly enraged the owner of the widely known noise-maker. They say, those who have met 1-SI in person, that he’s not a bad sort. It’s probable he is deeply attached to spark. We know a feeling something akin to that. There are others, too, who feel just as warmly toward the spark transmitter as 1-SI does. But, for the most part, they’ve gone over to CW, if only out of regard for the hundreds of hams and the thousands of BCL’s whose receiving sets are temporarily paralyzed when one of the spark enthusiasts, whether it be the navy yard or 1-SI starts up.

[11/23/23]

 

Can it be that the impossible has happened, or have our ears been playing pranks on us? 1-SI ON CW! Can you picture that? It’s a fact, though. Several others have heard him.

       But the end hasn’t come yet. NAD IS ALSO USING CW! So many fellows have heard these two miracles that we’re positive it’s not all a dream. But doesn’t it sound like one?

       Two such shocking bits of information as above are enough for one day. Don’t, however, push us, for we’re liable to wake up and find that they’re not true. [12/1/23]

 

1-SI, who needs no introduction to the radio fans hereabouts, plans to attend the Friday night meeting of the Commonwealth Radio association, it was learned today. [12/27/23]

 

1-SK, Gustave A. F. Werner

 

1-SK, the Lynn Fire Department, has been doing great long distance work lately. His sigs are vy QSA locally in daylight. [7/24/23]

 

1-SK, the Lynn Fire Department, appears to be having some trouble in getting their wave down. [7/27/23]

 

We referred to 1-SK as the Lynn fire department. We have since learned that Lynn is a bigger city than that, and 1-SK is not the only member of department. [8/16/23]

 

1-SK continues to get out without much trouble. [10/27/23]

 

1-TV, Marshall H. Fay

 

1-TV, of Winchester, gets through over QSA both day and night. [9/11/23]

 

Where is 1-TV these days? [11/2/23]

 

1-TV is stepping out and doing some DX all by himself. Heard him and 8-XE talking around 4 p.m. Monday. FB, OM. [11/20/23]

 

1-UI, Edward J. Curtis

 

When “Eddie” Flewelling introduced his circuit he was immediately acclaimed by the radio multitude as a “wiz.” The same fate awaits “Eddie” Curtis, known to the radio fraternity as 1-UI. “Eddie” Curtis has knowledge of more than one interesting radio stunt. Any number of his friends would like to know what’s in back of that panel he’s now working on. With only a loop and a single tube, in a test of single hour, “Eddie” heard signals from every part of the country except the west coast. He has no doubt, nor have we, that he’ll get west coast signals on this same set when he puts it to another test. [8/14/23]

 

Wonder whose scalp 1-UI is after? [8/16/23]

 

1-UI is experimenting with ICW. If his new transmitter works anything like the receiver he has already perfected he’ll surely be hailed as a “wiz.” He hasn’t told anybody about that phantom circuit, and a great many are anxious to learn what makes it perk. [9/6/23]

 

1-VV, John G. Barrett, jr.

 

John Barrett, 1-VV of South Boston is to be particularly commended for his great work in organizing the A.R.R.L. publicity department in Massachusetts. Barrrett, despite the boiling summer suns, which usually succeed in luring the wily ham to the beach or the country, has organized a highly efficient staff of American Radio Relay League members who will work with him in his effort to bring about a more perfect understanding between the ham and the BCL. [5/12/23]

 

We fall right in line with 1-VV in urging the hams and BCL’s to organize in clubs. There’s nothing like a club for the advancement of the game.

      The suggestion of 1-VV’s to the effect that more BCL’s learn the code is a fine one. In fact everything he’s said thus far has been pretty good. [5/31/23]

 

Since 1-VV hasn’t told much of what he’s doing, his fellow hams feel called upon to say that the said VV is getting out in great shape with his 250-watter. Wonder how big a crowd of BCL’s will take advantage of VV’s invitation tonight? [6/1/23]

 

1-VV has begun work on his new antenna. His old ant, although beautiful in design wasn’t doing as good work as he hoped it would. So he as purchased a new mast, which will boost it to twice it present height.  We’ll bet he gets out then. [10/19/23]

 

1-ALH is going to pound the key at 1-VV. Same for 1-QA. [10/23/23]

 

You fellows have probably missed 1-VV from the air. But just as in a brand of breakfast food, there’s a reason. He has been changing his antenna system all over, and he promises to be on the air again soon chasing DX. [10/31/23]

 

Now you sound something like the real thing, 1-VV. What DX have you done since you changed things over? [11/3/23]

 

1-VV is going to rectify his CW soon. [11/6/23]

 

Had a most interesting talk with 1-VV, and am pretty well satisfied that VV’s back in radio to stay. You fans who watched the formation of the Commonwealth Radio association and sundry other things which VV had a hand in, will readily appreciate just what that means. [11/8/23]

 

1-VV is sure booming in. He spent more money on his counterpoise than we did on our entire set. [11/15/23]

 

DX is coming along wonderful as 1-VV’s 1500 miles have been obtained in two nights working. [11/20/23]

 

Don’t know how much there is in it, but hear that 1-VV is going to get a CR-13. Guess they’re FB. If you get one, OM, let’s know what luck you have. [11/27/23]

 

Congratulations, 1-VV, on the cards you’ve been receiving lately. It might interest the rest of the gang to know that 1-VV, president of the CRA, received a card from the Pacific coast reporting receipt of his signals. [11/28/23]

 

And the cards continue to pour merrily into Station 1-VV from all districts of the United States and Canada. Bet he gets cards from Europe by the first mail steamer. [12/1/23]

 

John Barrett, owner of station 1-VV, South Boston, has received another letter from England stating that his signals have been picked up. Barrett today verified the reception. [12/14/23]

 

Station 1-VV, owned by John G. Barrett, Jr., president of the Commonwealth Radio association, has been heard in Porto Rico, according to advices received by Barrett today. [12/28/23]

 

1-YB, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N. H.

 

1-YB, Dartmouth College, is said to be radiating 19 amperes on 500 watts. [12/14/23]

 

Signals from 1-YB, Dartmouth College, are coming in louder than ever. But then, the Dartmouth station is using 500 watts and is radiating 19 amperes. [12/20/23]

 

Roger Carleton, former chief operator at Dartmouth College, 1-YB, expects to be on the air soon using the call 1-RC. During the war Roger distinguished himself as an operator at the trans-Atlantic station at Belmar, N.J. [4/11/24]

 

 

B.  Little Personals: Bill Halligan’s chatter in Radio Waves [one or two comments]

 

 

1-AAR is doing great DX on his ICW. Stations at great distances have reported his signals very QSA. He also uses his fone with fine results. And last, but by far not the least, he is a member of Boston’s only live radio organization, the Commonwealth Radio Association. [10/20/23]

 

1-ACH of Wellesley is back again. This time he’s using ICW. As one ham said, his note is “very pleasing to the ear.” [7/27/23]

 

1-ACR of Quincy is now using a UV-201A tube on his phone set. His CQ’s one night were audible 40 ft. from the phones, using a single stage of amplification. [9/5/23]

 

1-ADN, after vainly trying to do some DX with a bank of five-watters and another 50-watter, has decided to give it up as a bad job and return to his old 20 watt set. Says he can get out a lot better with the 20 watt set than with the other arrangement. [7/27/23]

 

1-AGK, using 5 watts, plate voltage of 220 volts furnished by a dynamotor. He was heard working a Connecticut station in broad daylight, a distance of more than 200 miles. Hope our results are even half as good, but we somehow fear that they won’t be. [9/8/23]

 

1-AGK, who has been using a generator run by a 12 volt storage battery, has just had AC installed in his house. His signals before were particularly QSA, but wait until he opens ujp on his new 50 watter. [9/27/23]

 

1-AGI reports he is logging all districts now on his new Paragon receiver. [1/18/24]

 

1-AHI has changed his location. As soon as things are settled he will have 10 watts ACCW. [11/7/23]

 

1-AHI of Cliftondale, using spark coil ICW, has received a card from 5-ALI in Houston, Tex. Let’s see someone trump that. [11/12/23]

 

1-AHN of Wollaston sure does get out with his phone set. Heard him working an eighth dist. station in broad daylight. FB, OM. What are you using? [9/5/23]

 

Using only five watts of CW, Harry Larson (1-ALA) of Roslindale, has succeeded in pushing signals from his transmitter through to the Pacific coast. Larson is in receipt of a card from station 6-ALK in California verifying receipt of his signals. Larson uses the 1-DH circuit, with one 5-watt tube and a 200 watt transformer. [12/23/23]

 

 Ernest Hood (1-ALW) of Cambridge, who, though unable to raise any first district stations, has received several cards from stations at a great distance from Boston, one of which is from Florida. Hood is now experimenting with a 100-watt transmitter, with a view, probably, to working some of the trans-Atlantic stations. [12/23/23]

 

1-AMW appears to be doing good work on five watts. [9/12/23]

 

1-AMW sure is getting out on his 10 watt ACCW. We submit, however, that his tone might be improved. [9/28/23]

 

Call letters 1-AOP have been assigned to Theodore Parker of 23 East st, Fitchburg. Parker is using 5 watts, and like many another ham, is anxious to receive cards. [2-6-24]

 

1-AOV of Newton, whom we learn is a prospective member of the CRA, is about to install a 500-watt CW transmitter. FB. [12/3/23]

 

1-AQG of South Boston will be off the air for some time because of his job evenings. He says his heart is with us. [11/20/23]

 

The BCL’s haven’t a kick in the world compared to what 1-AQM has to put up with. That worthy is getting QRM from vacuum cleaners, trolley cars and X-ray machines, not to mention sewing machine motors. Ford magnetos and one or two other things. It’s a tough life. [7/25/23]

 

1-AQY is on all day long and appears to be handling a lot of traffic. He’s the boy to give all messages to that are addressed to the vicinity of Plymouth. [7/24/23]

 

Canadian 1-AR has been coming in so loud lately that some of the hams get him confused with local 1-AR, of Belmont. Local 1-AR has closed up shop for the summer. He assures us that he’ll be back with a bang in a month or so. [7/28/23]

 

Call letters 1-ARS have been issued to C.B. Graham of 18 Ashland pl., Melrose Highlands. Mr. Graham is using spark coil ICW with which to conduct his experiments in radio communication, but he expects soon to join the ranks of the higher power transmitters. Originally Mr. Graham’s interest in radio was the same as that of any BCL. He joined the Commonwealth Radio association, learned the code, obtained some ‘straight dope” from CRA members and now is able to carry on communication with other amateur experimenters in his locality. [1/10/24]

 

1-ASA will be off the air for about three weeks. That worthy is changing his location, and it will take him most of that time to put up a new antenna and get things in running order again. We hear that the new place comes nearer to the “ideal,” so far as putting up an antenna system is concerned. [5/22/23]

 

1-ASI has come through with a fine record for DX. His signals have been heard in Washington State and Cuba, and he has talked with Mexico City. [1/18/23]

 

1-ASF hopes to be at his new location before many more moons. Many of the boys have been inquiring as to the Doctor’s whereabouts. [6/2/23]

 

1-AVF says that he is going to start up soon. [11/9/23]

 

1-AXX is on the job every night without a break. Always appears to be handling a bunch of messages, none of which appear to be of the rubber stamp variety. Which is indeed commendable in these days of struggle for membership in the BPL. [7/28/23]

 

1-AXX expects to open up some time soon on 50 watts CW. Just at present he’s using spark coil ICW. [9/8/23]

 

Where are 1-AYI, 1-AAR, and 1-CRY these days—and nights? [10/31/23]

 

 One of the boys tried counting the different waves of 1-BAF’s transmitter the other night. He says he got as high as seven and, as his education is such that he can’t count any higher than 10, he let it go at that. The waves run from 180 to 260 meters, according to this observer. [10/4/23]

 

1-BBB is FB on his brand new 5-watt spark coil CW. Have you heard him? [5/25/23]

 

1-BBB, what’s the matter with the CW? 1-BBB needs practice on his B’s. Get busy OM. [11/20/23]

 

1-BBH is coming in fine on both phone and CW. He appears to be handling beaucoup traffic. [7/27/23]

 

1-BBH of Lowell is using 5 watts rectified ACCW. He would appreciate a card from anyone hearing him. [11/23/23]

 

Who offered to take 1-BDO in hand and help him select a good CW outfit? And who was it that had a suggestion as to the disposition of 1-BDO’s spark. [10/4/23]

 

Wish 1-BDO would go back to CW again. The squeals of that spark coil do not sound like music to our ears. [11/20/23]

 

1-BEC is getting out in great shape. [11/9/23]

 

1-BEC is tickling our eardrums with ACCW. [11/20/23]

 

1-BEL is FB on his 20 watt CW set. He seems to be working the 2’s and 3’s in fine shape. [10/15/23]

 

1-BEL, using one 50-watt tube, is doing good DX. Trouble is, though, his tone is rotten, say some who have heard him going out. [10/23/23]

 

1-BHT of Winthrop has just opened up a new 10- watt CW set. A number of hams report his signals as very QSA and the tone is FB. [9/27/23]

 

Wonder where 1-BJE, of the old spark days is keeping himself? Wonder if he’s working CW under a new call? [7/30/23]

 

1-BLX is coming in louder than ever before. This fact is true for both his CW and phone sets. [7/28/23]

 

1-BLX and 1-ABC seem to come on every night right after the silent period is over. Anyone might be able to predict that the number will be increased as soon as the weather becomes cooler. [9/8/23]

 

1-BNC of Somerville is back on the ozone after a short absence. [7/27/23]

 

1-BNS is doing pretty well with his five-watt bottle. [6/2/23]

 

1-BNX is getting out FB. [10/31/23]

 

1-BOM worked 2-BY through all sorts of QRM without any apparent difficulty. But we hear that’s not unusual for BOM. [11/3/23]

 

1-BQM is once again back on the air—and with his older boiler factory. He’s making just as much noise as he ever did. [7/24/23]

 

1-BVL hasn’t been heard in England yet. (Hi.) [11/12/23]

 

1-CCO hasn’t deserted the ranks, yet at least. He was heard sending during the day on his spark coil ICW. [10/27/23]

 

Where, or where is Ralph Manthorne, 1-CCO, of South Boston of late? We knew Ralph had sallied into the field of journalism, but we hadn’t expected his disappearance to follow the sally. How about it, Ralph? [5/3/24]

 

1-CCV is on the air again, using 5 watts straight CW. [10/27/23] 

 

 1-CCX of Revere is back on the air again after a month’s vacation. He is now using 20 watts CW and is coming in like a ton of lead. [5/24/23]

 

1-CDA has at last equipped himself with the old CW. We guessed that he would, sooner or later. [5/19/23]

 

1-CDA is casting an eagle eye about the radio lot in the hope of picking up some CW apparatus at a little less than highway prices. Can’t someone help him? The squeak box he now uses sounds terribly overworked at times. [9/8/23]

 

1-CEV is back on the air again with spark coil CW. [10/15/23]

 

1-CHX is back on the air with his 1-KW spark. It’s QSA, but oh, so broad. [10/15/23]

 

1-CJR is another who’s doing very fine work with 10 watts CW. [6/1/23]

 

1-CNS is being heard quite often these days—and nights. First he uses spark coil CW. Next time you’ll hear him on ACCW and finally on straight CW. [7/24/23]

 

1-COL of York Beach, ME, is working many of the Massachusetts stations. He comes in exceptionally loud considering his distance. [7/24/23]

 

1-CPD is another Worcester station that pounds in down this way. There seems to be a bunch of stations up that way, all of them QSA. [7/24/23]

 

1-CPF has resumed his duties on the air again. This time he is using a 60-jar rectifier on his 20 watt CW set. The rectification seems to have improved decidedly. {9/29/23]

 

1-CPF is back again with 20 watts CW. [10/27/23]

 

Local operators report 1-CPO very QSA of late. The story is that CPO works all night and then sleeps all day. [5/12/23]

 

1-CPO is still holding down Vermont pretty well. [7/27/23]

 

Many of the hams are remarking at the strength of signals of  1-CRI. The station is in Rhode Island, but would almost think it was in the back yard, it comes in so loud. [7/25/23]

 

Several new stations have come up in our midst, notably 1-CS of Saugus and 1-BLQ of Marlboro. They’re doing fine work already. [7/24/23]

 

1-CSW of Rhode Island is coming through great. [11/9/23]

 

1-CTL, using only five watts, has little trouble working 4’s and 9’s. Which, as everyone knows, is FB. He announces the passing of another bottle into the great beyond. He says his tube graveyard contains many dead ones. Which may be a partial explanation of why he has done such good DX. [11/15/23]

 

1-DL appears to be on the air more often lately. [5/19/23]

 

1-ER is pounding in great these days. Says he is doing good DX work. [11/23/23]

 

1-EZ down in Rockland is back on the air again. He is now using rectified AC and is coming in better than ever. [11/15/23]

 

1-GG appears to be doing fine work with his CW. Which generator are you using, OM? [11/16/23]

 

1-GS worked a couple of eights through heavy local QRM the other night. [10/27/23]

 

1-GU seems to have disappeared. Someone suggested that he must be operating on one of the boats. 10/27/23]

 

Wallace Battison, of Stoneham, expects to come on the air with his new 50 watt transmitter by Saturday or Sunday. He will use his old call, 1-HE. The 50 watt set, Wally wishes it is known, will be used only for “local” work, just in the United States and Canada. For longer distances he has still another set in which he plans to use two 250 watt tubes. [12/27/23]

 

 

First thing Wally Battison did when he opened his station 1-HE at Stoneham, was to call British 2-KW. This the 50 watter which he intends to used for strictly “local” work. Leo Marchetti, 1-BHO, of Medford, who visited 1-HE, declares it to be the neatest appearing set he has ever seen. [1/2/24]

 

1-IM is back on the air after being in the hospital some weeks as the result of an appendicitis operation. [1/18/24]

 

1-KID—spark coil—calling a CW—“Pse, pse qsl, pse.”

     CW, answering—“1-KID (ten times) de 1-MUT (ditto) r r r r pse qrx min om qrm hr fm spk coil.” [11/13/23]

 

 1-KX continues  to do high grade DX work, having worked Toronto, Can., Michigan and a Kentucky station all within one hour. [5/19/23]

 

Who is this mysterious 1-NR? [10/23/23]

 

1-NR has advanced from spark coil ICW to AC ICW, using 5 watts. His chopper sure is FB. [10/26/23]

 

1-PP of Swampscott is now using 5 watts CW. Hope he does some good DX. [10/15/23]

 

1-QM, a brand new ham, located at  Nahant, opened up with a fine spark coil ICW. [11/20/23]

 

Someone who heard 1-RI on the air recently thought that our radio supervisor was tuning up his transmitters. But such is not the case, we learn. Simply measuring the wave of one of the gang. [11/2/23]

 

 

1-RR of Plymouth is now using 50 watts of CW, employing the Hartley circuit, radiating 3 amps. Other data on 1-RR. He uses a 60 jar electrolytic rectifier, putting 1000 volts on the plate. The antenna is a four wire “T” 55 ft. long, 35 ft. high. His counterpoise is of the fan type. Best DX so far is Wilmette, Ill. 1-RR would appreciate a card from hams hearing his CW signals. [9/5/23]

 

1-RR, a new member of the CRA, but an old hand at the radio game, has come up from Plymouth, the famed landing place, to join a Boston radio firm. Another, and probably a better report from 1-RR is that he has received four cards within the past week, two from England and two from California. Another thing is that he recently worked Nova Scotia in daylight. [11/19/23]

 

All the hams in these parts report 1-RV as coming in very QSA. RV is using a new 100-watt CW set. [6/2/23]

 

1-SN in Beverly is doing fine work with his 20 watts of CW. [6/2/23]

 

1-UF is looking about for a good 50-watt tube. He says he will be satisfied if he can locate a single 20-watter, though. [5/4/24]

 

1-VG is back on the air again. His CW set seems to have improved considerably over the summer. [10/15/23]

 

1-WM, according to our informant, is now located in Oakdale, this state.

Since 1-WM changed his location he seems to have passed completely out of the picture. What seems to be the main difficulty, OM? [11/9/23]

 

What do you think of WBF’s new CW set? Not so worse. And not so broad, either. [8/16/23]

 

1-WW has gone to school in New Hampshire and will probably not be heard on the air all this year. [11/12/23]

 

We learn with regret that 1-XM is planning to close down for the summer. There are any number of fellows who wish the spark transmitters would do likewise. The only difference is that they wouldn’t want them to confine their action to the summer alone. [5/22/23]

 

Wonder who XIU is. We’ve heard his pure DC CW note several times now, but always his signals are QSA. We’ve heard that he is a convert, having once been a BCL, but being now a real dyed-in-the-wool ham. If what we’ve heard is true, welcome XIU!

[8/1/23]

 

1-XZ of Worcester is pounding out in fine shape. [11/20/23]

 

Miscellany—no call-letter attributions

 

This department will present a handsomely engraved pair of insulated ear muffs (made by the E. I. Co.) to the ham or BCL who can identify the following: “This is blaa-blaa-blaa-blaah signing off. If you hear me, please call Somerville 572-W.” [5/23/23]

 

A ship operator about 100 miles southeast of Ceylon (in the Indian Ocean) heard an amateur radio station in Texas. This represents a distance approximately equal to half the circumference of the world, or 11,000 miles in round numbers. The station was 5-IM, owned and operated by A.W. Rouse of Galveston. Other stations of reception reported, but not confirmed are 6-KA, Thomas E. Nikirk, Los Angeles, Calif.: 6-ZZ, H. L. Goodring, Douglas, Ariz.; 8-AND, C. P. Goetz, Cincinnati, Ohio; and 4-EB, E. W. Cochran, Palmetto, Ga. [5/29/23]

 

Paul Ryan, of Mather st., Dorchester, has announced his early return to the air. The rush of business during the last few months has prevented his active participation in the greatest of indoor sports, but in a week or so his labors will be lessened and he will be able to get into the swim. [5/29/23]

 

“I will not change from spark to CW until 1930, said a much-talked of ham the other day. And he seems to mean what he says, if his past performance is any indication. We hear him a lot and everywhere on the tuner. [6/4/23]

 

A number of new calls are being heard in this vicinity, which seems to be a sure sign that the BCLs are rapidly turning ham. [9/9/23]

 

Frank J. Page, formerly 1-SP, 1-AFE, of 63 W. Eagle st., East Boston, promises to be on the air in the near future with 10 watts CW, with which he hopes to do considerable DX work. He plans, at present, to do most of his work after midnight. Page is a former naval radio operator, having served on the ill-fated U.S.S. Tenadores. Local amateurs will be glad to hear him again on the air. [3/7/24]

 

 

C. Bill Halligan’s References to Himself (1UL) and OWs (girl friends and wives)       

 

 

In answer to the question as to who is the hardest hit by the 7:30—10:30 silent period, we submit the ham whose fortune (?) it is to be married. Columns of news space have been devoted to that newest of social developments, the “radio divorce.” But no one knows better than the married ham how much discord a radio set can cause in a household.

     The amateur who is bound by matrimonial ties might also be described as a person torn between conflicting emotions. He loves to decorate the ether with various and sundry dits and dahs. But the only time he has to do this is after 10:30 P.M.

     Now this is a witching hour to the benedict. In other words, married folk are inclined to regard this as late. And besides, friend wife is almost certain to enter a protest if Mr. Ham dares to stay up until 11, or thereabouts. Friction occasionally results, you know.

     We suppose that the moral to be drawn from the above is for all key pounders to marry lady hams. [6/4/23]

 

 Understand that DY went away and got married. Can anyone verify the rumor? If so wonder when his OW will let him come on the air again? [7/13/23]

 

1-BVH is back again, chasing messages in the same pre-summer manner. He’s doing fine DX with 10 watts. Hope we can do as well when we set up the brace of five watt jugs next week. [8/16/23]

 

Not a peep out of 1-BNT. The OW surely must have done a job on this usually active fan. [9/8/23]

 

1-UL would like to hear from 1-AAW. UL believes he exchanged calls with AAW, but it may be another of his wild hallucinations. [9/11/23]

 

1-BES has been fairly pounding in these last few nights. Tried to work him, but ND. Probably after we’ve another amp radiation we’ll have better luck. [9/12/23]

 

My what a flatterer 1-CDI is. He must place great trust in our poor five-watt transmitter for he gave us a message the other night for Nova Scotia. Looks as though we’ll have to take the next boat for that place in order to deliver the message for the said transmitter, to date, hasn’t reached much further than Watertown. [9/12/23]

 

Ever hear a flock of 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, and 8’s pounding in as though they were next door and get that exultant feeling that you’re about to do some real DX, and when you press the old key and see the meter flop way over that feeling mounts higher than ever and when you call one of the QSA stations, they never appear to hear you? [9-15-23]

 

1-AJA, who does fine work with straight AC on his CW set, says he can’t raise his next door neighbor when he rectifies it. But that is not the reason why we haven’t invested some money in one of the many varieties of rectifiers now on the market. [9/27/23].

 

It must be great to own a high power transmitter, like some fellows we know. Then and only then can one feel genuinely annoyed when some feeble five-watter attempts to establish communication with one. :”Why, he’s only 10 miles away,” one can well think. “Why doesn’t he stand by for five or six hours while I work Kalamazoo. It is odd that they don’t realize my importance.” But George of the high power transmitter was wrong for once, for the owner of one of those feeble transmitters happened to have about eight years more experience in the game than George, and had probably forgotten more than George will ever know. [10/9/23]

 

1-CSX and 1-UL are each mourning the loss of a 5 watt tube. This leaves CSX with 15 watts and UL with zero. Knowledge of the demise of the last mentioned should bring joy to the hearts of 1-CIT, 1-BNT, 1-KA, 1-CRE, 1-AF and one or two other hams located in Somerville. [10/10/23]

 

Remember that conversation we had the other night, Leo? Remember how you warned us to reduce our power in peril of blowing out our only tube? Well, it happened, The tube is blown. We know not the extent of your omniscience, or something like that, but the thing looked like a frame-up, and we’re accordingly preparing to bring suit for the loan of that other tube, mention of which you made in the aforesaid conversation. [10/11/23]

 

They can say what they please about 1-CRE, but he’s certainly doing fine DX. Only wish we could work half as far. [10/12/23]

1-BZQ, formerly of Waltham, now of Arlington, is married. Not a single stab has he made at his key since the performance of the matrimonial. When he was anticipating the fatal leap, he was heard to declare that marriage or no marriage, he would continue to disturb the ether in much the same manner as he did in his bachelor days, But he hasn’t, so there you are. [10/13/23]

 

Wouldn’t recommend the Reinartz for BCL work, at least, the one we’ve been using. We see no reason why spiderweb coils adapted to this work could not be wound. A few members of the Commonwealth Radio Association are conducting experiments in this direction and we expect to hear from them before long. [10/13/23]

 

Although 1-UL has no card to back up his statement, he claims he was heard by a ninth district station and would have worked him had it not been for 1-SI who came on the air just as the other fellow was signing. [10-18-23]

 

Wish air conditions would improve so we down this way could hear WNP. Haven’t heard any of the nearby hams trying to work the Artic exploration ship lately. [10/19/23]

 

1-ARL has blown his tube. He says 1-QA  scared it to death. We’re sorry, OM. Know what it is to be tubeless. Guess 1-QA must have scared ours, too. [10/23/23]

 

Well, 1-BNT you won’t be annoyed much longer with that ACCW, for 1-BHO has kindly willed us his chemical rectifiers. AC isn’t any good anyway. How about it, OM? [10/27/23]

 

Malicious meddlers, that’s what we call two hams who, thoroughly satisfied with the way their own sets work, visit another ham’s station and proceed to short circuit his transformer and overheat the filament of his only tube. Note the look of guilt of 1-CG and 1-BHO. [10/30/23]

 

We should organize a brigade of angels in this CRA [Commonwealth Radio Association]. 1-BHO has always been one. And now comes 1-CRY with a 202 at a reasonable price. As a result of these two heavenly visits we will now have 10 watts, and, no doubt to the joy of 1-BNT, it will be rectified. [10/30/23]

 

1-PF is a nice feller to know. We say this knowing full well that we’re going to purchase some stuff soon, and we’re more than likely to go to 1-PF. [10/31/23]

 

1-QA says 1-OG and 1-UL are like Mike and Ike—they sound alike. But he hasn’t been listening since Sunday—since 1-BHO willed us his chemical rectifier. [10/31/23]

 

We worked DX at last. 8-PD in Cleveland and 3-ADV in Philadelphia. Not at all bad for 5 watts rectified CW. Oh, yes, we admit it ourselves. [11/7/23]

 

At first our OW couldn’t see “that radio” for a million dollars. That, we imagine was because we couldn’t work any further than Charlestown or Cambridge. But then when we took in Cleveland and another DX station she came right over to our side of the fence. That, hams, is just the way the BCLs are bound to look upon code transmission sooner or later.

    Meanwhile, though, the mere telling of distance worked makes little or no impression, even on hams who understand what is all means,. But when a fellow looks at a neat 10 or 20 watt tube transmitter taking up so little space and accomplishing such great distance work in its characteristically quiet manner, he can’t help but be impressed. Try it some time, and see. [11/7/23]

 

Still we get communications from some of the gang about the little personals we run. 1-QA and a score of other fellows have told us that they think they’re FB. But there are one or two others who say that they do not interest the majority. Let someone who thinks that the column run as at present is OK, write in telling the rest of the boys just why. Wish some of the kickers tried the stunt just once. Then, we bet they’d cease to be kickers. [11/9/23]

 

Someone has been sending us “waves” without signing. Whoever the author is, we thank him. [11/9/23]

 

1-VV is sure booming in. He spent more money on his counterpoise than we did on our entire set. [11/15/23]

 

1-QA, innocent lad that he is, writes in to ask what all this talk about OWs means. [11/15/23]

 

`1-UL would like to hear from someone up this way who has a schedule with 2-BIR, Nutley, N.J. [11/27/23]

 

Listened in on the receiver of a friend in New Rochelle and the first thing I heard was 1-ARU calling CQ and coming in like two tons. One of those moments when your fingers itch to grasp a key, but ND since Joe Friend is a BCL. [11/27/23]

 

Who is in communication with 2-UA? 1-UL has a msg going New Rochelle way. [11/28/23]

 

And the cards continue to pour merrily into Station 1-VV from all districts of the United States and Canada. Bet he gets cards from Europe by the first mail steamer.

    And why shouldn’t 1-VV get results with such operators as 1-QA, 1-OG, 1-UL, Horace Croucher and Tommy Durant? [12/1/23]

 

Of course we read with pride the report of 7-ADP, Seattle, Washington, contained in the latest “QST” in which, he says he heard 1-UL. Said 1-UL wishes it to be known that he was using a 5-watt tube will less than 500 volts on the plate during the time this reception was reported. He says it’s all very fine, if true. [1/2/24]

 

Frank Maguire, 1-AZN, of Cambridge, eager to work something more than fourth and ninth distrct stations, has changed from the 1-DH to the Hartley circuit in his transmitter. He finds that the Hartley is more flexible than the DH, but to date he has not done any exceptional DX with it. Although he had great success with his Reinartz receiving tuner, Frank is following the example of other local radio amateurs and has begun to work on a new 9-ZN tuner, such as was described in The December issue of “QST,” the official organ of the American Radio Relay league. Frank is also going to build another 9-ZN receiver for 1-UL. [2/14/24]

 

1-UL reports a new broadcasting station, KID. Says he hears his sign all over the house without any trouble. Music (?) from this station also sent out under the call, WOW. First night the station opened up at exactly midnight; second night at 4 a. m. [2/16/24]

 

Haven’t had an opportunity to try out the new 1-BGF, which 1-BHO and 1-AJA so kindly assembled for us, but from its appearance it is FB, and we hope for real DX. [3/6/24]

 

Thanks FJP, for your appreciation of this column. We sure mean to continue it and will experience no trouble if you and other hams and BCLs keep us informed of your activities. 73’s. [3/7/24]

 

“Whit” is now a full-fledged member of the American Radio Relay league and further than that has been duly initiated into the Royal Order of Wouff Hong. Which is more than we can say. [3/24/24]

 

We gleefully acknowledge receipt of a card from 1-CST in which we are taken to task by that most enthusiastic gentleman. In whatever 1-CST stands for, we should like to have it known we are with him and not “agin” him, as he seems to believe. No one appreciates more than we the importance of the amateur. We can cite no less an authority than Reginald A. Fessenden, world renowned inventor, who says that credit for the remarkable strides radio has taken within the past few years belongs to no one but the amateur and Prof. Fessenden comes pretty near knowing whereof he speaks, for he was with radio from the very beginning, in fact he was largely responsible for most of the real things in radio. Now, Mr. 1-CST, are we cleared, or aren’t we? We shall be pleased to hear from you some more. [4/11/24]

 

Will these miracles never cease? Here we’ve been bemoaning our inability to get out and we hear from Wylie Woodworth, 1-CG, of Charlestown, to the effect that he worked 6-ARB, in California, using 50 watts on a W.E. tube. Next we hear of the remarkable work George Lang, 1-KA, of Somerville, is doing—working any number of  West coast stations almost any night in the week. And to think some of us can’t get out of the first district. [4/26/24]

 

We had a most enjoyable key conversation with Eddie Ellis, 1-CST, of Winthrop recently. We look forward to many more of these, for Eddie is chock full of ideas for the advancement of the amateur, and so are we, even if Eddie doesn’t think so. [4/28/24]

 

Try as we will, we have been unable to hear Vernal Fuller, 1-KH, of Medford, with his spark coil ICW. We’ll have to get the Wouff-Hong after that set. [4/28/24]

 

Seems as though everybody and his brother saw references in H.W. Croucher’s weekly writings of 1-UL’s second operator. Not stretching it at all, but he can “dah-dah” with the best of them. [4/28/24]