April 1945 QST
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
QST, published December 1915 - present (visit ARRL
for info). All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
Most Ham radio operators know that
Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an order during World War II
that effectively suspended the hobby of amateur radio for the duration of the war.
Many guys sold or donated equipment to the military and/or civil defense organizations
out of a sense of patriotism. The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) gave a symbolic
tip of the hat to them in this advertisement that I scanned from the back cover
of my copy of the April 1945 QST magazine. Of course RCA pitched the ruggedness
of its vacuum tubes in the process. By this edition's printing, there was a general
sense that the war was nearing an end and eager Hams would not have to wait much
longer to re-engage in their beloved hobby. Indeed, the next month Germany surrendered
and four months after that Japan surrendered. WWII was over at long last.
Radio Corporation of America (RCA) Advertisement
Radio Corporation of America (RCA)
Posted November 14, 2012