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1916 November

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A reflection on the first year of QST.


For eleven months we have all pushed hard to make QST the success which we all felt it deserved. Here is our twelfth number. Each one of the twelve showing a general improvement over the previous copy. Our first issue of December, 1915, contained only twenty-four pages. This issue has sixty. The first issue had six and one quarter pages of advertising which this issue has over twice as much. The December copy which follows tnis will be the Anniversary Number. In this QST, we hope to show a still further improvement which will make everyone of us feel glad he has played a part in making this magazine of the amateur, by the amateur, and for the amateur. But now let us keep up the good work by telling all our radio friends of the great success and the coming issue. Many have not yet subscribed. Help these to get their dollar for a year's subscription and you will be helping QST. Who dares to predict what strides we may make during the coming year?

Many hams spend a lot of time with parts catalogs. It was ever thus. The MESCO catalog was a great list of all kinds of electrical products, including wireless. Copies may still be available on Ebay. This is a page from the 1909 catalog.


We have received the latest copy of the Manual of Wireless Telegraphy gotten out by the Manhattan Electrical Supply Company. The standard of this little book is something which deserves recognition. To us, the first part of the catalogue is a wireless treatise on apparatus and all the things which an amateur likes to know of. Data of all descriptions may be found — an extract which covers the Government laws, diagrams, the codes, the abbreviations, the weather report code, curves for calculating wave length and all manner of interesting material. It is a book which will start beginners on the right path.

This catalogue indicates more to us than a mere description of apparatus offered for sale. It shows us the trend of amateur wireless. No longer are wireless instruments slapped together over night and described with a rough print on an equally rough piece of paper. Apparatus is designed and constructed with the greatest amount of care. The instruments have become standardized to a certain extent and this whole atmosphere is felt when one looks over the pages of the Manual of Wireless Telegraphy. Every page contains only the best of material and there is nothing which one would hesitate in recommending. Among the new instruments offered to the amateur trade which promise experimenting along research lines are: Standard Inductances, Calibrated Condensers, Resistance Boxes, Phantom Antenna Resistances, Spark Indicators, ad Audibility Meters. We hope all our readers will secure a copy and we feel confident that no one will be disappointed after looking it over.

Thinking about the first-ever ARRL Convention.


The membership in the eastern part of the country may be interested to know that a plan is on foot to hold a convention of all the League members who can attend in New York some time during the Christmas holiday season. Nothing like this has ever been attempted before. We have had meetings of Clubs and Societies of general character to discuss scientific questions in radio, but there has never been a convention of operating amateurs to discuss operating questions. It would be intensely interesting for many of us who hear each other nightly to meet and get acquainted.

The attendance at such a convention would be of course mostly local. Many members would come from a distance of a few miles. Several would probably come from a hundred and fifty miles. A few would come from five hundred miles. In the east this would mean a very large attendance, in all probability. Just the same, it
would not be by any manner of means, country wide. This is usually met by such Societies as the Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, etc., etc., having branches organized and meet in the other large centers of the country. We could do the same. The fellows for some distance-around might meet in Cleveland Ohio, for example. There would be many who could get to Chicago. Probably St. Louis would draw a large number. In the Northwest, Portland or Seattle would be centers and in the Southwest, San Francisco and Los Angeles would have a large number of stations to draw from.

After the meeting in New York, it will develop what the sense of the great body of amateurs is. If it seems to be something which appeals to the majority of us, we could nominate representatives from the eastern section to meet representatives from ten western sections and thereby spread the intimacy of actual personal contact.

The plan is being developed and in subsequent issues, we hope to give further details.

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