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May Votes

Angel W2NQS took an early lead in the May voting and kept increasing it to a total (so far) of 1782 votes! The Big Technical Article (Staff) placed second with 1435 votes, Fm real proud that our technical articles are so well received. This bodes well for the whole basic concept of 73. G4 Zed Smith was third with 1119 votes, A few mild grumbles about this issue being a little light may be the result of our having nothing much for VHF this time*

The June votes are piling up for Bill Ashby K2TKN and his Abe Lincoln two meter antenna . If you haven't voted for June yet please send in the card quickly.

Breaking Even

One of the first in-person questions I get at conventions, as I mentioned a few months ago, is now're we doing? That break-even point that we were aiming for turned out to be very flexible and has been following us very closely. Sometimes I think it is preceeding us, but a tote of the accounts receivable put it back in place , . . if we ever get some of the receivables.

Our biggest problem is the prodigious amount of work to be done, Two oi" us are doing the same work that is full time employment for from 15 to 20 people on other magazines, plus all the extra work involved in getting to every major convention and many smaller hamfests, keeping up a steady stream of promotion to possible advertisers and parts distributors who should be selling the magazine on their counter, and little additional chores like our monthly postcard which has to be octsected and sorted.

I'm not pushing for sympathy so much as maybe a little help- I have to admit that so far we have been working just for the fun of it, with all of the proceeds going to authors aild our printer. If you're within commuting distance of our office (?) and have time on your hands we can keep you just as busy as you care to be. Some of the available chores: cutting and sorting those readers request cards; counting article votes; bookkeeping; filling back issue orders; addressing stencil changes; keeping the HQ station on the air;

emergency trips to New York City; processing subscriptions; typing subscription stencils; sending out promotion letters; invoicing; state^ menting . , . plus lots more. Any takers? I thought not.

Looking Ahead

The topic for today is the Geneva Conferences. Before I plunge into the matter at hand I would like to just make a word of explanation; please forgive me for being rather terse. It is against my nature to carry on at length about things. I get a bit worried when I find that I have written about some event, taking perhaps a page to cover it, and then I read about the same thing in another magazine where they have made a six page article on the subject I suspect that the six pager carries more weight even though it may say the same things that I did. So, on to Geneva*

We went into the 1959 Geneva Conference with much forboding. Many countries had announced plans for cutting back the ham bands and there was much gloom prevalent in official Washington circles. While the Government was behind us, in a manner of speaking, their support left a vast amount to be desired. What it amounted to was this: everyone was 100% for ham radio, right down the line . . . unless frequencies happened to be chopped from any other service, in which case the chopping would be reflected to the nearest ham band, just as it had when we lost 14,350-14,406 kc.

With so many strikes against us, plus the fact that we (the amateurs) went into Conference without a single request for extra frequencies, if for no other purpose than to provide us with a minimum bargaining position, how come we came out in such good shape? The XL S. position with regard to most frequency assignments, particularly in the short-waves, was for a status quo agreement which would put oft1 any major changes until the next Conference, probably in 1964 or 19(35,

The present assignments had been made many years agof back when few countries had much in the way of radio communications. In the interim the need for radio in these countries has mushroomed and they are still stuck

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