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The History of Ham Radio

-part XI

Reprinted from QCC News, a publication of the Chicago Area Chapter of the QCWA.

The post-WW] years from 1920 to 1927 found the mushrooming radio industry still in its infancy but struggling to find a foothold —very much in need of direction. It was a new technology still in relative obscurity awaiting a Midas touch!

Radio did not have a definite pattern by which to gauge its destiny From the very beginning it was partially inundated with revolutionary inventions and new developments, many of a questionable nature, There existed no guidelines: to follow in this now field.

Fhe introduction of numerous bills in Congress to update the 1912 Wireless Act merelv aggravated the situation The end of hostilities, the conversion from a war to a peace climate, resulted in the creatjon of many new companies, large and small, seeking to take advantage of this developing, growing industry Here existed a "tnade-to-order" oppor-(unity for questionable financial interests to inundate a lucrative market with investment stock schemes. An unwary public remained confused, except for the wide-awake radio amateur, to whom these conflicts meant very little. His interests were directed toward testing all the new gadgets Hooding the radio market and experimenting with the numerous circuit arrangements that were perpetually introduced through dealer folders and pamphlets (n general, this game of wireless had him spending man\ hours at the Morse key. ex< hanging messages via the established relay routes and ir^ quently exchanging radio signals with neighl>oring and foreign c ountries,

Outstanding researc hers and inventors, personalities of the stature ot Major Howard Armstrong, for one, and men on the technical staff of the ARRL — John Reinartz and S. Kruse, among others-introduced circuit designs under such names as regenerative, "heterodyne, "neutrod\ ne. ' ' superheterodyne/' and "reflex, ' all of which provided the amateur with endless hours of experimental activity.

The 1923 Challenge Across the Atlanlic

During the winter of 1922, our radio amateur had succeeded in spanning the Atlantic Ocean with his wireless signal operative on 200 meters, but only in one direction — from the

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