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I keep getting the word from the Subscription department that there are numerous requests for 73 to print a picture of the Editor. Actually, my picture appeared on the cove]1 of tlie October 1967 issue. I'm the one working on the antenna. For those who may have missed it, copies are available for 73^.

This is the second month without a 'Letters" column, This is not due to lack of space, but lack of mail. Normally, the only people who write are those who disagree or have complaints. Most of these give constructive criticism and have something worth printing. In the past couple of months, the only letters I have received have been nice ones with compliments about the quality of tlie magazine. If I printed only the nice letters, you would think I was hiding tlie bad ones, Tell me what you want.-..this is tlie only way I can improve 73.

Under the "Big Deal of the Year" department comes the news that Kentucky, the last state without call letter license plates, has passed the following legislation;

'188.176 Amateur radio licensees inay attach plate showing call letters to license plate.

"An owner of a motor vehicle who is a resident of this state and who holds an unrevoked and unexpired official amateur radio station license issued by the Federal Communications Commission may attach to his motor vehicle license plate an additional license plate inscribed with tfie official amateur radio cal letters of the licensee, provided the additional plate is attached in such manner as to not interfere with the view oi the motor vehicle plate. (1968 II 226. Eff. 6-13-68)"

The amateurs of Kentucky must be thrilledl

A couple of states issue two sets of plates and the call letter plates may only be attached if a mobile rig is installed in the vehicle. If you take the rig out, you must change the plates. There may be some merit in this in times of emergency where identification is required to enter a disaster area. Only the cars capable of being useful would be permitted to enter the area. The call letter plates would serve as identification. However, not all the police know about call plates. I was once stopped by a police officer in Glendale, Colorado. I had Colorado plates with my call W0HJL, He came to my car window and, in a sarcastic tone, asked, "OK, lady, where did you get the license plates, out of a cereal box?" Between convulsions of laughter, I explained the situationAfter seeing my registration and my ham ticket, he had a very red face.

In a few countries, hams are permitted to hold a call only upon proof that they have an operating station. If the station is dismantled, the license must be relinquished. It is held for a reasonable length of time, then becomes eligible for reissue. When the amateur gets another station on the air, he may get his license back without taking a new examination (if still within the expiration time limits) but may be assigned a new call. There may also be some merit in this system. If amateur radio exists, as we are told, onlv because of our involvement with Public Service, should a ham hold a license if he is not in a position to render such Service?

I'd be willing to bet that less than 50% of the hams listed in the Callhook are active amateurs with operational stations. In many areas, we have used up the WT K, and WA calls. In two areas, we have used up the V h calls and are into the WC calls. If only the amateurs with operational stations were permitted to hold a license, we could all have W or K calls.

Each year the Callhook gets fatter and fatter, and the price goes higher and higher. If the inactive hams were eliminated,the U.S. callbook would be about the size of the DX book, and (he price would go down.

November 22 is rapidly approaching. Although I don't usually plug products in the editorial column, a new company has come out with a crystal calibrator divider which makes your 100 kHz crystal put out a tone each 25 kHz. It is a miniature printed circuit board requiring the soldering of four wires and will let you know where you are at all times. It comes from Paxitronix and their ad appears on page 124, This little gadget costs under $6 and is a necessity for the ham who didn't take the higher class exam in time,

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