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Early QST Editorials

1916 February

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This month, QST beats the membership drums even more loudly. Note that membership is up about 50% since January.

General Notice!
To the Licensed Amateurs of the U.S.


Hartford, Conn., Jan. 24th, 1916. On the first of December, the League membership numbered 635. On the tenth of January, it numbered 961. This indicates the favorable attitude of the amateurs of the country toward an operating organization for relay work and for the mutual distribution of information. If this interest continues to grow, we can count upon being able to number ourselves among the strong organizations of the country.

The amateurs of the country by this time are probably confident that the officers in charge of the American Radio Relay League are sincere in their efforts to make the transmitting of long distance amateur messages by relay a success, and that there is no money making scheme connected with the matter in any way. Hundreds of letters received since "QST" has been published indicate this very clearly. Unfortunately, however, it requires money in addition to hard work in order to answer the large correspondence from a membership of nearly one thousand and as many more .amateurs who are not in the League, but want to enter. This money can only be obtained through voluntary subscriptions, of which there have been several, and the sale of STATION APPOINTMENT CERTIFICATES, LIST OF STATIONS BOOK, and QST MAGAZINE. We have no other source of income, and the success of our organization depends upon all of us coming forward and buying these three things. Every amateur should understand this, and do his share, both by ordering himself and also exerting his influence to see that his friends who are interested in wireless do the same.

It is not as though the three things ordered are not necessary. They are not to be compared with a pennant or a button or a pin. Every one of them is a help toward improving a station and assisting in carrying on relay work. The STATION APPOINTMENT CERTIFICATE insures an orderly and systematic appointment method whereby relay stations are indicated. The LIST OF STATIONS BOOK shows the call letters, location, and all the details regarding every other relay station in, the country. "QST" keeps every one informed on successful amateur station operating. These three things, therefore, constitute three honest and legitimate necessities, and the officers have worked hard to produce them. Now that they are produced, and the hardest part of the work done, we only have to support them in order to make our scheme a success.

TO MAKE IT EASY, coupons of four different combinations have been printed and every amateur is urged to send in one of them properly filled in, and not delay doing it.


The Old Man's (Hiram Percy Maxim's) plan for relay trunking takes shape in the editorials page, along with further encouragement to join and work with ARRL and ensure the financial viability of our enterprise.

This issue notes that 6 violations of communications law were referred to Federal prosecutors on the West Coast. So enforcement was an issue from the very beginning of QST! Half were transmitting without benefit of a license, and half were using wavelengths longer than 200 meters. (Amateur operation was limited to the "wasteland" lower than 200 meters.)


Two very practical operating articles are "Practical Relaying" and "Apparatus Arrangement" to which we give prominent space in this issue. Every amateur, whether in the League or not, should read them. In Mr. Maxim's suggestion, we have what seems to be a practical working method of maintaining a constant communication. That this is an absolute necessity has been demonstrated clearly during the past year. Messages from points in the Middle West and destined for points on the Atlantic Coast, are frequently delayed as much as two weeks, principally because of the fact that some entirely new stations had to be depended upon. By new, we mean stations which had never previously worked each other. It is true that this delay did not always occur, but nevertheless, it is probably safe to say that the only messages which were not delayed were those which happened to call for transmission between stations which had by accident come to be acquainted with each other.

If a fixed set of trunk lines were laid down and those on these lines kept at it until they could run a test message out to the end of the line and back at certain stated times, it would mean that delayed messages would be enormously reduced.

For the good of the cause, it distinctly is up to those amateurs who are any where nearly along the different lines which have been laid out, to send in their names, addresses and call letters immediately and state what line or lines they believe they could be a part of. As soon as these are in, the Directors could appoint District Headquarters and each of these District Headquarters would then take up the organization of their respective trunk lines. It certainly looks to be a good scheme and let everybody come along and help. Never mind whether you are in the League or. not, if you have a good station and want to enjoy the full pleasure of wireless and want to be up at the front, send in your name and give as much information as you think will be of value.

And don't put this off. Attend to it right away and before the season is over, may be we can handle some big public message from Washington to the Coast and back.


This number of QST certainly indicates the big possibilities which our American Radio Relay League has within it. The remarkable distances which some stations can easily make, and the very practical plan suggested for running proof tests on regular trunk lines, all indicate the fast approaching importance of a Relay League. There is one point, however, which is not touched upon by any of these able writers, but which the over-worked management of the League struggle with continually. This is the question of MONEY.

It costs money to handle a big correspondence and keep it properly filed, buy supplies, pay for printing and postage stamps. Without this money, the best scheme in the world for establishing trunk lines, running proof tests, advising regarding apparatus arrangement, and organizing District Headquarters, all get no farther than appearing on a printed page. To raise the money to get. them off the printed page and into the realm of actual performance, and at the same time avoid all criticism for graft is some job. Up to the present time, the financial resources have been limited to the sale of the List of Stations book, and the Station Appointment Certificate. The sale of these has not made it difficult to invest the income, to say the least. QST is hoped to help in this matter by serving to carry the word along, and it is hoped that it will be successful. With this issue, three numbers have been printed and distributed very widely without cost, so that the earnest effort could be demonstrated. Somebody has told us that QST will only serve to plunge us still further in debt since the amateurs of the country will not support anything. We do not believe it, however, and have bet the cost of printing for four issues, that by the time these four issues are out, the amateurs will have come forward and ordered enough List of Stations books, Appointed Certificates and subscriptions to QST, and that the manufacturers of wireless goods will also have co-operated by advertising.

Success is "assured if there is enough of this come forward business. Have you done your coming forward?

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