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Hallicrafters Radio Advertisement - End of War in Sight
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio & Television News, published 1919-1959. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Special Insert: Radio-Electronic Engineering Department

Here is another example of how enthusiastically both manufacturers and consumers were met news of the impending end of World War II. Amateur radio operators were amongst those most affected during the war years because of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) having issued a moratorium against transmissions, for security purposes. The same thing happened during World War I, in fact*. Back in the day when citizens were fiercely patriotic and appreciative of their freedoms, many Hams of service age answered a call to donate certain kinds of equipment (panel meters, tuning capacitors, transformers, etc.) for use in repair and retrofitting of field gear. They also enlisted by the tens of thousands to lend their radio skills in the service of their country. To the government's credit, the sacrifices were repaid handsomely after the war as surplus material and equipment was made available at incredibly low prices. 

* See Blocking Civilian Communications - They've Done It Before

War Comes!, January 1942 QST; Editorial re FCC Potentially Shutting Down Amateur Radio During WWII November, 1940 QST; News Items from F.C.C., December 1940 - January 1941 National Radio News; Hallicrafters Radio - End of War in Sight, November 1944 Radio News; Painless Reconversion, September 1947 QST

Hallicrafters Radio

Hallicrafters Radio, November 1944 Radio News - RF CafeSpecial Message to All Amateurs About Post War Plans at Hallicrafters

"What about post war plans at Hallicrafters.?"

That's the subject of many inquiries we get every day. For many reasons, including the prime one of military security, we can't go into all the details of what your post war short wave radio equipment will be able to do. But although most of the details must be withheld, we can and do make this promise: All of our attention and the best of our efforts will continue to be focused on the amateur -- the ham, the fellow who actually helped us develop Hallicrafters equipment to the high pitch of perfection it enjoys today.

After all, it was the ham, the amateur enthusiast who helped us get short wave out of the attic, out of the shack and into the battle line. And it was the ham who went into the service and into the labs to keep working with short wave until it became what it is now, a prime battle instrument, a life saver.

Some day (soon, we hope) the ham will come home from his war communications job bringing new enthusiasm, new appetites for the wider horizons that can be reached by short wave. And some night soon we'll all be able to throw a switch when the big "all clear" signal sounds and we'll all be back on the air searching for new thrills, experiencing once again that old excitement.

When that signal sounds Hallicrafters will be read --  ready for the ham with new and finer equipment, a tougher kind of equipment that has been tried under fire and found to have what it takes.

William J. Halligan

Hallicrafters Radio

The Hallicrafters Company, Manufacturers of Radio and Electronic Equipment, Chicago 16, U. S. A.

 

 

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