July 1944 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.
today being the 78th anniversary (June 6, 1944) of the D-Day invasion of Normandy
and other beachheads
on the coast of France, I thought posting this advertisement from the July 1944
edition of QST magazine would be apropos. This issue of the magazine probably arrived in
ARRL member's mailboxes within a couple weeks of the miraculously successful invasion
of Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, and Sword Beach. When you consider
that in those days - and also not so long ago for that matter - the lead time for
going to the printing presses was measured in months, the fact that this ad made
the final cut for the next month's issue (July) is noteworthy. Accordingly, I duly
make note. See also "Hams in Combat"
in the April 1945 issue QST.
Back in the 1980s, there was a big push for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)
equipment to be used in military equipment in order to save money. It was the
era of $600 hammers and $7000 coffee makers manufactured by defense contractors.
Project On Government Oversight (POGO) was created to address concerns.
Anyway, donations of equipment and components from private citizens and
companies during World War II were an early form of COTS. Before that, even,
most armament - from ammo and pistols to rifles and cannons - at the beginning
of the Revolutionary War were provided by private persons and landowners -
contrary to contemporary claims that the 2nd Amendment did not include "weapons
of war or
The Army's SCR−299's went ashore with
the wave of Allied assault troops that split the 2nd front wide open. These
mobile radio units rolled up on the beachhead early in the battle to serve as a
vitally important front line communications weapons to coordinate and direct the
striking power of the land, sea, and air forces.
In truck or duck, the Hallicrafters-built SCR−299's go anywhere and are sturdy
enough to withstand front line action. Highly dependable and powerful, they "get
the message through."
The Hallicrafters Co., Manufacturers of Radio and Electronic Equipment, Chicago
Buy a War Bond Today!
Posted June 6, 2022
(updated from original post on 5/6/2013)