Short Wave Craft Magazine, March 1934
"Sh-h-h Moscow Calling!"
This whimsical cover from Short Wave Craft magazine of March, 1934
shows an earnest young ham shushing his startled parents so that he
can hear the latest broadcast from Radio Moscow.
On his table are just about everything a ham could need—a
homebrew receiver, log book, world globe, and soldering iron
with assorted components scattered around. The receiver batteries
are located in a lower shelf.
Like most issues of Short Wave Craft, this one includes several radio
construction projects, from a minimal one-tube receiver (the "19
Twinplex") to an advanced five-tuber.
Speaking of distant locales,
a feature article chronicles the use of shortwave
radios on Admiral Byrd's second expedition to the Antarctic.
The expedition was well supplied, bringing 10 transmitters,
14 receivers, 23 microphones, and two recording machines.
Except for one Hammarlund Comet-Pro, all of the radio gear
was made by the National company. You can read about other
Hammarlund and National radios
in our Communications section.
Radio manufacturers were only too happy to donate equipment
to high-profile ventures, even going so far as to
sponsor—or at least attach their names to—entire expeditions.
Elsewhere in this website are mentioned the Gatti
Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon in South Africa
(Hallicrafters SX-42) and
the Clipperton Island DXpedition
In these days of satellite phones and handheld GPS devices,
it's easy to forget how isolated these expeditions must have
been. Far from other connections to the world, shortwave
radio provided the only communications link
during most of the adventure.
Coincidentally, I own a copy of the
May 1929 issue of Radio
News, which describes the use of shortwave to
communicate with Byrd's first Antarctic expedition.