Category: Electronics

Ham radio operator


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Amateur radio has a long and storied history. By 1939 it was a well-accepted hobby to the point that operators often had postcards printed with their call letters and related radio information. When they would reach a far-away listener, each would send a postcard to the other with the details. In this example, Howard D. Childers of Los Angeles, California was able to communicate with David L. McClelland in Masontown, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t unusual for the hams to display the cards they received on the walls around their radio set like wallpaper.

Learn about the history of amateur radio here:

“RCVR” at the lower right of the front of the postcard means radio receiver. “Sky Buddy” was a brand of receiver made by Hallicrafters. Learn more about it here:

“XMTR” means transmitter. Chances are it was assembled by the operator from a variety of components. It might have looked something like this: .

The term “ham” was originally a negative term describing one or more operators doing things that prevented others from using the airways. For a more-detailed explanation, go to then click on “Why are Amateur Radio Operators called ‘Hams’?”.

HP formed


Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP images

(shows a slightly-newer-than-1939 200B)

Hewlett-Packard Company was formalized in January 1939 in the bay area of California. The impetus was the sale of their Model 200B audio oscillators to Hollywood-based Walt Disney Studios. The duo’s product was used in monitoring sound equipment for the then-in-production Fantasia movie.

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