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I AMATEUR

RADIO DAY

About 40 amateurs live in this

northwest area of Arkansas,

around Rogers. We have secured

through the Official centennial

Commission, Saturday,

May 9, to be set aside as Amaleur

Radio Day, as part of the

events during t he summer.

Please help us celebrate thai

day by working one of the Otttclal

Centennial Amateur Radio

Stations. Th e K5BP call letters

will be used on about 7,283 kHz

LSB or 21 ,363 kHz USB from

1400 UTe to 2200 UTe. Send

confirming aSL card with a "10

SASE to K5B P, Dept. 1881, General

DeUvery, Rogers AR 72756

10 receive an Official Centennial

cernucate.

Glenn E. Webster W5VIX

Rogers AR

DE PY2AA

1 1

We, from LABRE-liga de

Amadores Brasileiros de Radio

Emissao-are glad to announce

thai there has been set up a beecan

, here in Sao Paulo-SP-on

the six-meter band, for propaqation

research purposes.

The beacon Is on SO.055 MHz

and has an output power of 25

Watts. The antenna is an omnidirectional

ground plane which

15 about 25 feet above the

ground level, on the top of the

League building.

The format transmitted is a

long dash, along with " de" and

the call: - de PY2AA.

We wou ld very much accreciate

any kind of report; they can

be sent directly to PY2AA­

Beacon Project, PO Box 22,

01ooo-Sao Paulo-SP, Brazil.

We will keep you informed on

all free local beacon activity.

Hugo AdeUno doll Silva PY2DSa

Sao Paulo-SP-Brazil

I AND WAYNE SAYS. . .

There seems to be quite a

controversy over Dick Bash's

publications, and the fire was recently

fueled by Skip Tenney's

editorial. If I remember correctly,

you were quite enthusiastic

24 73 Magazine . April, 1981

LETTERS

I

I

about Dick's publications. We

find we are being put on the spot

by some of our customers after

seeing Skip's editorial, and I am

trying to feel out some of the

more prominent members of the

amateur fraternity to determine

what their thoughts are on this

whole Issue.

Warren L. Spindler K21 XN

Ham·Radlo World, Inc.

Oriskany NY

Yes, Warren, I have some

thoughts on the Bash cheat

books. I am not aware of ever

having been enthusiastic about

them. Indeed, I have refused

Irom the ttrst to allow Bash to

advertise in 73, for which we are

paying with the loss of about

$I,OOOpermonth.l'dsay that we

areputting our money where my

mouth is.

The editoria l in HR about the

Bash books was read with enterta

inment by many. If you will

look back in the April, May, and

June. 1980, issues of HR (and

some in HRH), you 'll find that

their Ham Radio Bookstore eaventsea

and sold the book they

are now being righteous about. I

refused to carry ads for the book

or to handle it in our Radio

Bookshop.

As I understand it, HA was enthusiastic

about the Bash books

up until they got a caN from the

FCC. The FCC has been very u,r

tight over the books and I have

heard that theycaffed Tenney of

HA and put it on the line: II he

wanted any more FCC information

lor his Half Right Reports,

he should stop advertiSing for

Bash. The ads stopped and the

info to HRR continued.

The Bash books are not much

worse than the old ARRL 0 & A

manual in that they strongly encourage

the memorization ofan·

swers rather than the unaetstanding

of theory. I feel that

this is bad for those who suck in

on this easy way to their first

license. This is why my license

manuals emphasize learning

the theory ra ther than memorizing

answers. Mem ory quickly

falls • . . andany change ofc uestlons

quickly confuses appli'

cants . If the theory is understood,

not only is any tes t simpIe

but the foundation lor going

ah ead to higher classes of Ii·

cense has been laid.

The memory route leaves the

Novice with no real comprehension

of radio theory, so he ts

then commJtted to ever more difficult

memorization as he goes

for the General and Advanced Ii·

censes. His ignorance will immediately

be perceived by any'

one he talks with over the air,

making the use of his license

less than fun. You can't 1001

people into thinking you really

are a ham when you aren't. They

see through th e sham.

The really sad part of all this

is that there is no thing complicated

about understa nding the

theor y. We've had kids four

years old able to comprehend it

andpass the test. Yes, it takes a

bit of time and thinking. You

know, it is incredible how much

effort people will devote to not

having to think! You might get

the idea that it is painful to think

instead of it being one of the

most excJting of human experiences.

Now, toanswer yourquestion

. .. if I were in your position, I

wou ld not sell the Bash books.

-Wayne.

AN UNBIASED VIEW

I__------J

Ju st finished reading Larry

Kahaner's excellent article,

" Who Rea lly Invented Radio?,"

but found it to be a "floppy

copy" of hundreds of other

writings, with the exception of a

few new names wrth numbers

Identifying the modern-day

authority of early radio.

Like many others, I also agree

that America's N. B. Stubblefield

invented, manufactured,

and demonstrated a wireless

device that transmitted and

received both music and voice

belore anyone on th is planet,

and, like L. H. Hortln, I am tired

of explaining that tcceys radio,

as we know it, is Stubblefield's

" wireless telephone" tranamttterrreceiver,

and not Signor Marconi's

dot and dash performer,

or even testa's electrostatic

transmitter.

Furt hermore, English sctenttt­

Ic publications such as yours

reall y invented the word "radio"

- several years after Stu bblefield

's fam ou s broadc ast demonstrations-

to describe any

and all sou rces of energy that

radiated and/or created heat.

The truth o f the mailer Is that

Stubblefield's scientific " wire-

1

less telephone" terminology

and ac hievements were lost to

the world by the stroke of a

writer's pen, confusing knowledgeable

men 01 both that time

and even now! Luckily, Murrayrtes

such as Hortin, Johnson,

and many others, who know the

real story, still exist.

11 would appear that those

two radio shack jocks, Riley Ray

and William Can (also known as

W4LM F and KJ4W respectively),

should have known thai " wireless

telephone" is rad io, no matter

how you look at it, feel it,

broadcast it, or just plain hear it,

before tattling Murray 's local

gossip to the world.

Troy Cory Stubblefield,

Grandson of N, B. Stubblefield,

and son of Oliver Stubblefield

Universal City CA

I~-_I

73 METHODS WORK

I've never written a letter to

any magazine before, but I feel I

must this time.

I have no technical beckground

or training whatsoever

that is electronics or rad iorelated.

In fact, unti119791 didn't

even know how to use a so ldering

iron! Using your 73 cod e

tapes and theory courses, I have

progressed from Novice to Extra

class since July of 1979 (just

passed Extra class exams January

7, 1981). That' s a period of a

little over 1 Y2 years, and there is

no way I could have done It wttnout

the help of your code tapes

and study guides.

I can't thank you enough for

all that your organization has to

offer. You r training and teaching

aids are second to none. Keep

up the good work and you 'll

make a lot of newcomers, like

myself, very pleased.

Bob Burdick KA1DOS

Ayer MA

I I

I read your article in this January's

73 and I thought I should

mention that I was in Ch ina in

December, 1979, and at that

time I saw several allband

radios in the communes.

PEKING TRAVELS

In Shanghai, at the Children's

Palace (for bright kidS), there

was a room where the students

were as sem b li ng transistor

radio kits.

I stayed at the Peking Hotel In

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