[AMRadio] WW II Army Field Sets

Kim Elmore Kim.Elmore at noaa.gov
Fri Jul 9 23:30:26 EDT 2004

Thanks for the kind words!

In scientific circles, we're happy if anyone actually *uses* anything we 
write.  It may seem odd, but we (research scientists in academic settings) 
live and die by publications. Yet, few of us hold any delusions about wide 
readership.  Most who do (or have done) research will likely agree when I 
say that research scientists are deeply gratified if *anything* they 
publish finds wide utility. It's not that what we do is worthless, but for 
some unforeseen reason inconsequential in the research environment, 
research results can't be widely implemented.  Man! Is this off-topic or 
what?  Enough already! I'll bore you no more!

I should have said that my characters want to be able to use the radio by 
Christmas *1945*, not 1946.  By 1946, ham radio was back and a done deal. 
Honestly, I'll be amazed if anyone ever sees the story besides me and the 
editor who rejects it, but I'm having a lot of fun learning about this stuff.


Kim Elmore, N5OP

At 05:02 PM 7/9/2004, you wrote:
>The acid rain thing back East was a Master's Thesis that no one read until
>one day some semi-scientist found it.  He read it and gave the information
>to the, then fledgling, environmental groups and look what we have today.
>Some day someone will read one of your papers and find a new way to power
>cars, take pictures or communicate.  Too bad you can't patent your stuff for
>ever.  The people who developed spread spectrum waited until after the
>patent expired to develop it and the poor actress who conceptualized and
>patented it got nothing.
>73  Jim
>de W5JO
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Kim Elmore" <Kim.Elmore at noaa.gov>
>To: "Discussion of AM Radio" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
>Sent: Friday, July 09, 2004 3:34 PM
>Subject: RE: [AMRadio] WW II Army Field Sets
> > Wow!  What a response!
> >
> > I don't want to buy any of the equipment. I'm curious mainly because I've
> > decided to write a "sappy Christmas story" for QST, seeing as how I
> > seen one of those for a while.  I'm not a professional writer, by any
> > means.  I author scientific papers that no one reads, of course, but with
> > the 60th anniversary of D-Day and all, I go to thinking and decided I'd
> > write a story about a WW-II ham in the signal corps.  But, I need a
> > portable set that can be carried in the back of jeep and lifted by a
> > of guys, though not necessarily while storming a hill. Given that the
> > BC-610 weighs in at between 400 and 600 lbs, I figured it was not a
> > believable candidate by those who know about such stuff.
> >
> > I might add that getting an education about how *Army infantry* comms,
> > especially CW, worked in WW II has been tough.  There's lots of stuff
> > the Navy, in minute detail, but almost nothing about day-to-day Army
> > communications. I Looking at what I've found, not much of the gear used
> > frequencies above 12-13 MHz.  There's quite a bit of VHF/UHF gear,
> > The 12-30 MHz region seems to be rather sparse. I'm looking for accuracy
> > honor those who actually did this kind of duty and know how the equipment
> > and protocols really worked.  learned a small amount from a Brit who knew
> > some guys that were in the British equivalent of the Signal Corps, but
> > else is strangely missing. I've been able to piece together some plausible
> > protocols given what little I've been able to find on the
> > subject.  Unfortunately, I don't have easy access to the books Don Merz
> > mentions.  I should probably have them.
> >
> > The SCR-188 set might be a better bet for a short story, as it is
> > completely self-contained and looks to be manageable by something less
> > a platoon.  Depending on the variant, it used a BC-191 transmitter with a
> > plethora of tuning units. But it doesn't appear to cover 20 m and, while
> > I'm not certain, I'm guessing that bands were released to the hams
> > at the shortest and working longer.  The old 2 1/2 meter band was released
> > about a week after VJ day, and soon after 10 m. By early 1946 almost
> > everything, except 160 m, was available. As the story goes now, I need to
> > use the thing by Christmas 1946 and I'm guessing that 20 m has a chance of
> > being available by then, but not 40 m.
> >
> > Kim Elmore, N5OP
> >                            Kim Elmore, Ph.D.
> >                         University of Oklahoma
> >          Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies
> > "All of weather is divided into three parts: Yes, No, and Maybe. The
> > greatest of these is Maybe" The original Latin appears to be garbled.
> >
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