June 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.
Here is an advertisement for Hytron Corporation
that I scanned from page 83 of my copy of the June 1944 QST magazine. Hytron
was a manufacturer of electron tubes. "So Many Owe So Much To So Few," reds the
title line. That is a paraphrase of Winston Churchill's famous statement during
World War II, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to
so few." That was in August 21, 1940, more than a year before the U.S. entered
the war. Perhaps of greater interest to RF Cafe visitors are the next lines: "In
peace, the Nation's debt to the radio amateur was great. During hurricanes, floods,
and other disasters, he sprang forward with emergency communications. His endless
hours of patient experimentations - particularly on the high and ultrahigh
frequencies - helped open up, as if by magic, whole new segments of the radio spectrum.
Traffic enthusiasts surprised the people with unselfish service; DX hounds fostered
Hytron Corporation Advertisement
"... so Many Owe So Much To So Few..."
"In this "radio" war, the "ham," along with the professional, became the back-bone
around which the Services and war plants built the myriad, complex communications
systems of war, and the secret electronic weapons. He has trained and inspired the
new recruits - the tens of thousands of potential "hams." Hytron, especially, owes
much to the radio amateur. When he entered the Services and war plants, he took
with him a knowledge of Hytron tubes - particularly v-h-f types-and an admiration
for them. Through his enthusiasm, these tubes became vital parts of war equipment.
When the time comes to speak out for the return of his precious frequencies, Hytron
will not forget him. "
Posted April 26, 2021
(updated from original post on 11/26/2012)