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Early QST Editorials

1916 December

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Hurray for QST!


Well, wireless amateurs of America, our QST is one year old this number. Just twelve months ago, it was decided at Hartford headquarters of the American Radio Relay League, that the membership throughout the country would support an amateur wireless magazine. There was some who shook their heads but there was . a certain one who firmly believed it. He now has the great pleasure of using the ancient quotation, "I told you so." Not only has the magazine been supported but the support has been sufficient to enable us to enlarge it and undertake expenses which seemed serious in the beginning. We have put some paint on the outside cover, we have increased the number of illustrations and we have added to the number of pages almost every month; and what is more, we have been able to advertise our magazine in other magazines.

Now don't let any one run away with the notion that this vigorous growth has been automatic. It has not. We had nothing but a straight mineral detector. No amplifiers, no regenerative circuits, and no microphone multipliers, were used on our circulation. We used good single distilled water white elbow grease and plenty of it, and this was all operated with high efficiency and small losses by the encouragement and support. of you good fellows throughout the country. We certainly can congratulate each other.

Our first QST was a little bulletin, although we thought it was pretty hot stuff when it first came out. You fellows were very polite in your comments. We now direct your attention to the present number of this same QST. Listen to the sound of the spark through the reading matter and then put your hot wire meter on the advertising. It only shows what strength and possibilities there are in mutual cooperation. We thank you, fellow enthusiasts, for your help and encouragement during the past year. The work has been hard but it has been pleasant. We have enjoyed it thoroughly.

Would it be OK to set dues at $1.00 a year? QST operates very cheaply!


The question of dues in our League is one which has bothered us here at Headquarters for a long time. Of course the policy of our League from the start has been to keep away from anything like money making. The organizers intended the scheme should be strictly a "gentleman's arrangement." They preferred that it should lose money rather than make money.

That this policy was a wise one, time has proven to be true. Since we amateurs organized our mutual League, we have been copied by several. But not one of them but had some kind of a money making axe to grind. Not one of them has been as successful as we have been. When we come to this business of annual dues from the members, we therefore feel hesitant. We would not be maintaining the brotherly spirit of the early days unless we did. Just the same it costs us money to buy postage stamps, letter heads, envelopes, typewriter ribbons and the help that has. come to be absolutely necessary, owing to the growing membership. This money has to be raised by donations from those who happen to combine true sportsman's instinct and a little surplus cash. We have derived a little income from getting out a call book, but it never amounted to much because of the expense being great for this class of work. The work of the Secretary has always been given gratis, but no matter how willing the flesh may be, there are only twenty-four hours in the days here in Hartford, and QST requires a good share of them. To handle the League work, it has required employing an assistant, and like other assistants, ours has to be paid every Saturday night.

If we have regular annual dues, say of $1.00, and the membership will pay them, it would be an easy matter. Many members write in and offer to pay dues and we have always entered them up for the year and sent them their membership certificate, call book, and bundle of message blanks. But those who have not come forward have not been urged. It costs money to do this urging, and we have also disliked to do it. But now, a good many of us feel we ought to urge the payment of annual dues in order to carry on the good work the American Radio Relay League is doing and can do in the future. Probably it is right. Therefore, let every one who reads these lines be advised that membership dues are expected and that they amount to $1.00 a year. Any one sending in their dollar now is paid up until December 31st, 1917. In exchange for these dues, we will send out certificates of membership .and a quantity of League message blanks. The money will be distributed between Headquarters and our three Trunk Lines Headquarters. Mr. Hebert at Nutley, N. J., Mr. Matthews at Chicago, Ills., and Seefred Bros., at Los Angeles, Calif, have and are now paying for their postage, printing and expenses out of their own pockets, and we all owe these gentlemen a debt of appreciation for the true sportsman's instinct they have shown. They have had a lot of work to do, and quite a little money had to be spent by them. Not one of them has ever even suggested any hesitancy and it certainly is a fine example of the radio enthusiasm and efficiency which our American Radio Relay League possesses.

Between now and January 1st, we hope all those who are members and have not already paid their dues for the coming year, will send in their dollar and of course all of those amateurs who are not members, should apply for membership, using the blank which is printed in QST.

Getting the right mix of articles in QST is another perpetual issue. The magazine started by focusing mainly on operational issues for the relay work, but people seem to want practical construction articles, too.


So far, we have kept out of the field of "How to make it." It always seemed a little too young for us. There is however, a want which is not entirely filled, For example, some of the new regenerative sets can be built the same as we sometimes build ourselves a loose coupler or an audion box. To meet this want, we propose to begin a department which we shall call "OUR CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT." Not only does this sound a little better than "How to make it," but it is to be better than
anything else of its kind yet done. We propose to frequently have a good article on some important apparatus which will improve relaying and enable some of us to learn something. In this issue, we begin with a small but efficient short wave regenerative receiver. We shall have others from time to time. If you want to know how to build something good, write us and we will have a high grade article prepared covering the subject.

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