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Front Cover[edit | edit source]
The Hundred per cent. Australian Radio Journal.
Vol. 2 — No. 28; July 13th, 1923.
Price — Threepence. Registered at the General Post Office Sydney for transmission by post as a newspaper
Cover Graphic: Sketch of house on rocky cliff top overlooking coast, surmounted by massive Marconi T antenna with multiwire flat-top.
Special features this week: TRANS-PACIFIC TESTS Experimental Wave Length
Inside Front Cover[edit | edit source]
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Masthead[edit | edit source]
THE WIRELESS WEEKLY
A Journal Devoted, to the Interests of Wireless Enthusiasts both, Amateur and Professional.
Vol. 2. ― July 13, 1923. ― No. 28
Were We Right?[edit | edit source]
WERE WE RIGHT? Last week we asked if the experimenter had been tricked by only being given 200 metres to transmit on. NO, HE HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN 200 AS A LIMIT, BUT HE HAS BEEN GIVEN 225 AS THAT LIMIT, except in special circumstances. The experimenter does not want any special circumstances. We say let us all share alike. Mr. Fisk said the experimenter should not be restricted, but should be allowed all wave lengths. Was this for receiving and transmit- ting, or receiving only? If the experimenter is only allowed from 150 to 225 metres to transmit on, then he has been restricted, and severely so. When Mr. Court (Victoria) asked for a separate band of wave lengths at the Conference, he was asked to withdraw his motion, with the assurance that genuine experimenters need have no fear that their interests would not be adequately safeguarded. Have they been safeguarded? We say emphatically — NO! — unless the experimenter is at least given 280 metres to work on.
Roster[edit | edit source]
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The Trans-Pacific Tests[edit | edit source]
THE TRANS-PACIFIC TESTS
(Start Photo Caption) 2EC, which was the only station to log official signals during the tests in N.S.W. It has not yet been presented with the prizes it won. (End Photo Caption)
Some months ago tests were conducted between America and Australia. American amateurs transmitted and Australian experimenters endeavored to log them. In New South Wales the test took the form of a competition, and certain firms offered prizes for the most successful. A committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. Malcolm Perry (late Australelectric) took the matter up, but owing to the lack of publicity, etc., very few experimenters entered for the competition. The Trans-Pacific tests started on 1st May and ended on the 31st May. On the 6th June a meeting of the Trans-Pacific Test committee was held at the Royal Society's Rooms, Elizabeth Street. Mr. W. J. Maclardy, Editor of Wireless Weekly, was requested to open the logs — 11 in all — 9 or 10 which had been sent in by Mr. Gorman. At this meeting the Secretary handed the Chairman a report, but for some reason this report was not read. Some time after this meeting, Mr. G. A. Gorman was rung up on the telephone and told that he had been awarded the 1st prize only. Mr. Gorman, after due consideration, wrote the following letter to the Trans-Pacific Committee:
31 Segenhoe St., Arncliffe. The Hon. Secretary, T.P. Tests, Dear Sir,— I have been notified that Station 2EC officially won the tests, and that your Committee has decided to grant the first prize in the first section only, and let all the other prizes lapse. In my opinion this is not a fair course to take. The schedule of prizes posted to entrants clearly shows six sections under different headings. No mention has at any time been made about any prizes lapsing through any cause whatsoever, or is any mention made to the effect that only one prize shall be awarded to any station. As station 2EC happens to be in the unfortunate position of being the only one whose logs have been marked officially correct, why has the right to win under more than one section been taken away from it? This matter was discussed at the prize committee meeting, held at the shop of Messrs. Colville & Moore, when it was decided that more than one section could be won by any station. Station 2EC clearly wins section 1 (most complete log) and in my opinion also clearly wins section 2 (most complete log of signals on least valves). Section 3 (greatest number of stations). As soft valves and a standard circuit was used, the remaining sections must lapse, but Station 2EC clearly had the most complete log, the greatest number of stations, and as only 2 valves were used, the greatest number on the least valves. It must be kept in mind that these tests were a competition pure and (Start Photo Caption) Mr. C. A. GORMAN (End Photo Caption)
simple, prizes clearly won should in all fairness be awarded to 2EC, irrespective of how many received signals. Trusting this will receive your earnest consideration. I remain, Yours faithfully, (Signed) C. A. GORMAN
Over 2.5 months have elapsed since the tests commenced, and Mr. Gorman has not had a reply to his letter nor has he received the prizes due to him. The Following are the Prizes we Consider Mr. C. A. Gorman is Entitled to.
- 1st prize for most complete log of signals, £10/10/-.
- 1 prize for the most complete log of signals on the least number of valves, £5/5/-.
- 1 prize for using a soft valve as a detector, 10/-.
- 1 prize for the most original circuit, £3/3/-.
- 1 prize for the greatest number of stations logged, £2/2/-.
- Making a total of . . . . £21/10/-
This list of prizes is compiled from the official list, and was published in Wireless Weekly, Vol 2, No. 18, 4/5/23. If Mr. Gorman won the 1st prize — then the others mentioned above both justly and legally belong to him. A number of the firms who donated prizes, when interviewed by the writer (though their prizes had not been won by Mr. Gorman) suggested that they would not object to their prizes also being handed to Mr. Gorman for his splendid achievement. Mr. Gorman is the only N.S.W. experimenter who officially logged American amateur stations during the test, and it must be remembered that N.S.W. had just double the number of experimenters as compared with any other State. It is to be hoped that Mr. Gorman will be handed his prizes immediately. It will soon be impossible to get up competitive tests if after they are over the winners have difficulty in obtaining the prizes they had won.
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The Story of the Tests[edit | edit source]
The Story of the Tests.
During the Easter vacation, 1922, Mr. H. K. Love (President of the Victorian Division of the Wireless Institute) conceived the idea of conducting an organised test to ascertain whether the signals of the American Pacific Coast amateurs were audible in Melbourne, and this idea was further encouraged by reports appearing in the radio press of the successful reception of many American experimental stations in the United Kingdom. Mr. Love, with characteristic energy, set about the organisation of a combined test, and to this end to four leading radio clubs on the American Pacific Coast. The only reply received was from the Longbeach Radio Association (President Robert J. Portis), who welcomed the idea with great enthusiasm. The outline of the scheme was then put before the Victorian Division of the Institute, and Mr. Love was appointed President of a special committee, whose work was to organise the working details of the test. There was also appointed a committee to handle the technical side. The experiment was to consist of a sustained attempt to receive the signals of the Pacific Coast amateurs on wave lengths approximating 200 metres, with a power limitation of 1000 watts. After consideration it was decided to make the test a Commonwealth matter, and accordingly all Divisions of the Wireless Institute were invited to participate, and to organise each particular State. To the first letter sent out to the Divisions, South Australia was the only State to reply, and this State unfortunately could not see their way clear to join in the experiment. After a lapse of three months, and in the absence of any communication from the New South Wales Division of the Institute, the advice of several leading Sydney experimenters was sought, and this course resulted in Waverley Club taking over the organisation of New South Wales. The N.S.W. Institute then complained they had been overlooked, but were informed that matters had gone too far to alter the organisation; it was also pointed out that Mr. Love's original circular letter had been ignored. Queensland was then organised, the three eastern States working in conjunction. Much trouble was experienced in arranging the American end of the test, owing to the delay between mails and the many misunderstandings which arose. A schedule was sent to Mr. Portis by Mr. Love, which was approved, conditionally upon further details being sent over from America. These "further details" never came to hand, and final arrange ments had to be completed by cable at the last moment, which nearly upset the whole of the carefully arranged schedule. Copies of correspondence sent by the Wireless Institute to the Longbeach Radio Club show clearly that the mistakes were made at the American end. At this particular time the American paper, "Radio Journal," took over control from Mr. Portis, and over 500 entries were received for the test from all over America. "Radio Journal" prepared an adequate list of code words which were allotted to competitors, a copy of which was to be sent to the Controller of Wireless. (Missing text, SSD) that even more startling results (Missing text, SSD) Mr. Love's request to the contrary, a copy of this code was sent him, and he was thus barred from competing in the test. A sorry reward for his months of work! Owing to misunderstandings, which were finally cleared up by somewhat expensive cablegrams, the test officially commenced on the 20th May, and lasted until the 31st May. Very generous prizes were offered in connection with the contest, and it was decided to allot the first prize to the competitor presenting the most complete log. The original dates were from 17th May to 31st May. In fact,
(Start Photo Caption) Mr. J. W. ROBINSON, Hon. Radio Inspector, Western Suburbs (N.S.W.) (End Photo Caption)
listening-in was being carried on by many competitors from the 1st May, but owing to the fearful atmospheric conditions in Victoria, little could be done in the nature of logging signals. The six months drought broke on the 10th May, and the accompanying weather conditions were extremely unfavourable for reception. These conditions, however, settled down gradually into normal winter weather. The first signals to be logged were those emanating from Major Mott's station, which were received in several places, both in New South Wales and Victoria. 6CGW was another American station heard both in Sydney and New South Wales. However, the most complete log, and undoubtedly the most consistent record was presented by Mr. M. Howden, of Box Hill, Victoria (3BQ). This gentleman's record was truly magnificent, for he logged perfectly no fewer than twenty American stations, and practically all his work has been amply confirmed. 3BQ's win was through sheer merit and dogged persistence. His apparatus was of a fairly simple character — two stages of tuned radio frequency, with one stage of reflex audio-frequency. His tuner was of the spider web coil variety, and the aerial was inductively coupled. 3BQ is rather favourably situated, being over 350 feet above sea level and his earth system includes a deep well. His log shows that much interference was experienced throughout the test, and the excellent results obtained are nothing short of miraculous. Mr. Howden has been the recipient of many congratulations from experimenters all over the State, and is being tendered a dinner by the Box Hill section of the Victorian Division of the Institute shortly.
The next best log received was presented by Messrs. C. Hiam and R. A. Hull. The efforts of these gentlemen were greatly hampered by local induction from a nearby power station, and electric trains and trams. Nevertheless, their results are very good, seven stations being logged, and a complete message being received from station 6JD. Three stages of radio-frequency were used by this station.
Mr. H. K. Love, with four stations, comes next on the Victorian list. Mr. Love, of course, was disqualified from formally contesting, owing to his knowledge of the code, but his work stood out by reason of his reception of a station which was not logged anywhere else, 3KK, and if this is confirmed it will prove a record as the third American District is around New York!
Mr. Gorman, of New South Wales logged six stations, but some of the "5" call signals are open to doubt, as "5" belongs also to Western Australia, where amateurs are working on 200 metres.
Mr. C. Maclurcan reports having logged one station, but it is understood this gentleman did not actively participate.
Though the final allotment of prizes has not yet been made, there appears little doubt that Mr. Max Howden, Victoria, has come an easy first.
Mr. Love expressed much satisfaction at the success attained in the tests. In comparison with the work done last year across the Atlantic, the Pacific Test is of far greater importance. The distances are upwards of 8000 miles, and in Victoria the signals have to come over mountains and very dry country. Notwithstanding the drought and bad weather conditions, reception was quite consistent, thus prov- (Start Photo Caption) Mr. CHAS. MACLURCAN, Hon. Radio Inspector, Transmitting Stations (N.S.W.) (End Photo Caption)
ing that the logs were not of a "freak" character. Much success has been gained in New Zealand, but the writer's experience tells him that atmospheric conditions are far superior in that country to those obtaining in Australia, and the additional distance — about 1400 miles — has to be considered. The test has provided that Australian radio enthusiasts are well up in the front in their hobby, and it is to be hoped that when the tests are renewed in October next, that even more startling results will be obtained. It has been reported on excellent authority that an American station, 6JD, who was by far the loudest station logged in Victoria, has been read in South Australia on a single valve receiver. Let us hope that this fact will induce many more contestants to join in the test, as only 15 were entered in Victoria, 15 in New South Wales, and 5 from Queensland. The fact that the Pacific can be bridged by such short waves and by so small a power is highly important. The Trans Pacific Test is making wireless history, and this has been done by pure "amateurs." Long live the Australian "amateur!"
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= Dial Mounted Series Parallel Switch[edit | edit source]
DIAL MOUNTED SERIES PARALLEL SWITCH. (By J.BALSLEY.)
Following is a description of an arrangement for operating a vari- able condenser in series or parellel with an inductance by merely re- volving the dial through 180 de- grees. For the first 90 degrees, the capacity is in series and diminishes up to the point where it changes to a parallel connection after which it increases for 90 degrees more. Using it in this manner, only one- half of the brass strips on each side are brought into play. If so de- sired, the condenser may be used in series through the entire 180 de- grees, and in parallel for the next 180 degrees, as may easily be seen by studying Aof Fig. 1. This switch requires the use of a flat back 4 inch dial, of which there are many on the market, four switch points and a piece of brass or cop- per sheet 34 inches in diameter, to- gether with a few inches of fine wire to make. four light springs. The brass strips, when cut to size, can be glued to the back of the dial more easily than fastening by countersunk screws. This is very easily made and eliminates the ne- cessity of using the usual unsightly series parallel switch.
Ships You Should Hear[edit | edit source]
SHIPS YOU SHOULD HEAP, NEARING AND DEPARTING FROM OUR COAST. CAPE MAY" WDOI DTOGENES GCSY HOLLY 7 WOOD KDCS HUNTINGDON GJFZ HYMETHUS GCPL MAUNGANUI GFY^B ORCADES GBKL PORT ALBURY' GWI SURREY 7 GCBJ
Miss Lee White[edit | edit source]
Miss Lee White, who has won her way into the hearts of the Austra- lian public, was the first person to make an appeal by wireless. By the courtesy of Paling’s, and with the co-operation of the New Sys- tems Telephones, she broadcasted an appeal on Sunday night in her effort to raise 10,000 shillings to commemorate the fact that 10,000 babies have been born at St. Margaret’s Hospital for Women at Darlinghurst, where 1/- keeps one baby for one day. The appeal was signally successful, and Miss Lee White is still receiving money as a result. Readers of the Wireless Weekly are invited to send her any number of shillings to the Hotel Australia, which she will be glad to acknowledge personally.
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Make Your Own[edit | edit source]
MAKE YOUR OWN
How to Determine the Constants of your Antenna.
By MORRIS S. STOCK.
Whether an antenna is a poor or a good receiver of radio waves de- pends to a great extent upon its constants (electrical propert .es which can be determined by mea- surements or sometimes estimated or computed) and by another pro- perty of the antenna, “effective height. ’ ’ The term “constant” is some- what misleading because some of these electrical properties of an- tenna vary greatly with the length of radio waves to which the an- tenna is tuned. But at a particu- lar wavelength the constants of an antenna when used with a ground do remain much the same for a con- siderable period. What are the constants of an an- tenna? (1) Resistance; (2) Capacity; (3) Fundamental wavelength, and (4) Inductance. The resistance of an antenna is the opposition which it offers to the flow of the high-frequency (rapid- ly reversing) currents induced in it by the radio wave. High-frequency ot radio frequency currents flow only on the surface of a conductor. Therefore if the surface area is in- creased the resistance will be re- duced. Antenna resistance is a com- plex quantity, but it may easily be expressed in ohms. The capacity of an antenna is a property which enables it to hold a certain electrical charge, and then to discharge this in the form of electrical energy through the receiv- ing set to earth. Capacity is pressed in microfarads. The fundamental wavelength of an antenna is the length of the wave to which it will respond when it is connected directly to earth. Thus if an antenna had a funda- mental wavelength of 290 metres, electrical vibrations or oscillations will be set up in the receiving an- tenna by a transmitting station that
The Phantom Antenna[edit | edit source]
THE “PHANTOM ANTENNA,” USED FOR LABORATORY TESTS. The author demonstrates the resistance box, A, which can be set at any value of resistance to be substituted for the resistance of the antenna; B, the variable condenser, which substitutes the capacity; D, the wire substituted for the ground, and C, the coil which fur- nishes the inductance which would be found in the real antenna. Mr. Strock is connected with the Bureau of Standards, and the following article was prepared by permission of the Director. is sending out signals of this wave- length. The inductance of an antenna is a sort of electrical inertia which re- tards the changes in the rapidly re- versing current induced in the an- tenna by the incoming radio wave. Tn figure “a” is shown an arti- ficial antenna in which the required value of resistance is obtained by adjusting the box A and the re- quired value of capacity by adjust- ing the condenser B; while a fixed value of inductance is obtained in the coil C. The wire I) represents the conducting earth under the an- tenna. The condenser B consists of two sets of overlapping plates which are at all times insulated from each other. The interior of the condenser is shown in figure 1. An antenna is a condenser in which the wires and the earth take the place of the two sets of overlapping plates. The coil C has about the same inductance as the average simple receiving an- tenna. If the wire in the coil is
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To apply this formula to a single- wire antenna, A is obtained by multiplying the length of the near- ly horizontal portion of the antenna bv 2.5. The result obtained for C must be multiplied by a factor as follows: Length of Antenna (in Feet). Factor. 30 1.12 40 1.16 50 1-2 60 1.24 70 1.28 80 1-32 90 1.36 100 I- 4 Owing to conditions about the average receiving antenna, this re- sult should now be increased by about 20 per cent. The factor is not used when the antenna has more than one wire and in addition has a length less than eight times its width. Fundamental wavelength m metres may often be accurately computed for a single-wire antenna by. mul- tiplying the total length of wire m feet by 1.37 Practical allowances ,-an be' made for an antenna of sev- eral wires close to obstructions, al- though the result will not be so reliable. The inductance (L) of an an- tenna can not be accurately com- puted by a theoretical formula. It can be computed after one knows the fundamental wavelength ( A o’) and capacity (C), from the formula l. -E (h 3,550.000xC Tf the reader has not the facili- ties for measuring antenna con- stants, he may determine them by applying the formulas just given. To illustrate the method some typical antennas will be considered. The preceding formulas and the fol- lowing examples apply to “Tj” an- tennas —the type used in the. ma- jority of cases. If the lead-in is taken from the centre, the capacity remains about the same, but the fundamental wavelength is de- creased. Example 1: A single wire 80 feet long and 40 feet high; lead-in wire is brought down vertically from one end. The antenna and lead-in are clear of obstructions. If the ground con- nection is good, the resistance of this antenna at 360 metres should not be more than 15 ohms. TYPES OF AERIALS. A Modified Form of the Beverage Antenna. It Consists of a Single Wire. One Wave-Length in Length, and Grounded at its Free End Through a Resistance. Antennae of the Inverted “T” and “L” Types. They Are Both Good Radiators. A Fan Type Antenna. These Are Very Good Ra- diators, if They Are Designed Correctly. They Have the Advantage of a Comparatively Low Re- sistance. An Antenna of the Umbrella Type. It Has a High Capacity. Therefore Good Radaition Qualities. To compute the capacity use for- mula (1) and let h equal 40 and A equal 80 multiplied by 2.5 equal 200. Substituting these values in for- mula (1) C= 12.2X40 V200+2.7X200 1,000,000X40 Equals 0.000186. This value is multiplied by the factor 1.32, giving C equals 0.000245. increasing the value 20 per cent, gives C equals 0.000294 microfarads. If the antenna is close to trees or obstructions, or if the lead-in is closer than one foot from the build- ing the capacity will be increased still more. The total length of wire (vertical and horizontal) in this antenna is 120 feet. Multiplying this by 1.37 gives 165 metres as the fundamen- tal wavelength. Add 10 per cent, to this value if the antenna or lead- in is close to obstructions. Inductance is computed from for- mula (2) and is: (165) 2 L= - 3,550,000X0.000294 Equals 26 microhenries. The same method of computation may be applied to single-wire an- tennas of various heights and lengths. Example 2: A two-wire antenna 40 feet long and 50 feet high with the wires three feet apart; the lead-in wire is brought down vertically from one end. With a good ground connection the resistance of this antenna, if it hangs clear in space, should not be more than 10 ohms at 360 metre-s. Because of its comparatively short length this type of antenna is likely to be erected in a restricted space. In this case its resistance may be increased two or three times. The capacity is computed as before, us- ing A equals 40 multiplied by 3, and is found to be 0.000192 micro- farads. (If the wires are closer than 3 feet, the value of A is the same). Although the antenna has more than one wire, its length is greater than eight times its width; a factor of 1.16 is therefore used in obtaining the result. As before,
NAME PLATES Improve the Appearance of any Radio Set. High-Grade Black & Nickel Finish 4d. each Post Free df All Titles as Illustrated 4d. each Post Free New Price List on request Post Free THE UNIVERSAL ELECTRIC CO. 244 Pitt Street, Sydney "Where Your Money Goes the Furthest.” buildings or obstructions which are very close will increase this capa- I city. Multiplying the total length of wire (90 feet) by 1.37 gives 125 metres as the fundamental wave- length. This antenna has a capa- city somewhat higher than if a single wire were used. The funda- mental wavelength is thereby in- creased. To allow for this, increase 125 by 15 per cent. This gives 145 metres for the fundamental wave- length. Again increase this value by 10 per cent, if obstructions are near. Inductance computed as be- fore is 23 microhenries. What is the best receiving an- tenna? This is not an easy question to I answer; in fact, it can not be an- swered at all unless one knows the location of the antenna and the type of receiving set. If you have a receiving set with a ! regenerative tuner or one that em- ploys some kind of radio frequency amplification it is not necessary to have a very high antenna; in some ! cases a high antenna may be a dis- I advantage If you live in a part of the country where static is bad, a high vertical antenna (especially one of several wires) is undesirable. Tnstead, a single horizontal wire should be used. But if you have a | receiving set with a simple (non- regenerative) detector and not more (than one step of radio frequency I amplification, it is well to have the antenna as high as possible, and also to keep it away from all ob- structions. A receiving set con- nected in the ground lead close to
- the ground increases the effective
height of the antenna and im- proves reception. The following points apply irre- spective of the kind of receiving set: (1) Unless you are using an an- tenna near its fundamental wave- length or one which is exception- ally long compared to its height its directional effect will be slight and not worth considering. (2) The antenna and lead-in should be kept as free as possible from swaying. The lead-in should be kept as far from obstructions p as possible. The vertical part of an antenna is as important as the horizontal part. After the wire has entered the building, it must not be tacked to the wall. (3) No. 14 copper wire is large enough for any ordinary receiving antenna and ground connection. Larger wire or stranded wire is bet- ter because it is mechanically stronger. Of course the greater the surface area, the lower the resist- ance, but in practice there are so many other features of resistance involved that a larger conductor than No. 14 is not necessary. It makes no difference whether the wire is bare or insulated. (4) All connections, especially those made outdoors, should be sol- dered; this insures permanently low resistance. Ground connections to a, pipe can best be made with a clamp; a clean surface for contact should be secured. It sometimes happens that a receiving station is situated where the soil is dry ar.d where there is no natural ground connection; in this case a counter- poise (which is nothing but another antenna suspended near the surface of the ground, under the regular antenna) should be substituted. The counterpoise should consist of sev- eral parallel wires. (5) Unless a high antenna is used, natural supports can usually be found. The ropes that support the antenna should have insulators inserted in them. Glazed porcelain is best, but oak blocks boiled in paraffin can be used. (6) If the fundamental wave-length of antenna is above 250 metres" a condenser connected in series with the v- ire leading to the receiving set should be used. If a fixed con- denser is used its capacity should be about 0.0003 microfarad. To allow tuning to a wider range of wavelengths a special switch may be used in such a way that a vari- able condenser may be connected in series with the coil or shunted across the terminals. (7) It is a good plan to take the lead-in from the centre of the an- tenna instead of the end when by so doing extra bends can be elimin- ated. (8) A water pipe is a better ground connection than a radiator or gas pipe. An iron pipe driven several feet in moist earth may be used. (9) A single wire will usually give as good results as several wires in the horizontal portion of an an- tenna. If space is limited, two or more wires may be used. This article concerns antennas most effective in the reception of wavelengths between 200 to 450 metres.
Test and Conquest ON the Trans-Atlantic tele- phone test when the 1 American Telegraph and Telephone Company’s officials in New York addressed a dis- tinguished assembly of ex- perts and others at New Southgate, London, Western Electric Head Receivers and Western Electric Loud-Speak- ing Receivers only were used at the London end for the re- ception of the messages. Western Electric Co. (Australia) Ltd. 192 CASTLEREAGH STREET, SYDNEY VICTORIAN NOTES. By our Special Representative On the 26th June a meeting of delegates from all Clubs in A ictoria was held under the auspices of the Victorian Division of the Wireless Institute, with a view to affecting an affiliation. It was explained that the present Victorian Division was fully prepared to cease its pre- sent organisation and allot its members to whatever sections they desired. A constitution was pre- sented to the meeting, and after discussion several clauses were amended or altered and the final result was that nine delegates agreed to accept same subject to ratifications by their Sections. The names of the various Sections will be “such and such” a Section, Wireless Institute of Australia, and all the Sections will constitute the Victorian Division. Two delegates from each Section will be appoint- ed bi-nnnually to sit on the Coun- cil for Victoria, which in future will consist entirely of these dele- gates. Leading experimenters in Victoria have expressed great plea- sure at the successful results of the various meetings of Clubs and it is expected that in future every Club in Victoria will be affiliated. The districts represented at the above meeting were as follows: Malvern, Brighton, St. Kilda, Box Hill, Canterbury, Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Bendigo. It is sincerely hoped by Victorians that NYw South Wales will in time be able to organise its many Clubs in- to one State body. It is pointed out, that the Clubs absolutely retain their entirety under the Victorian scheme, and each Club has equal representation on the State Coun- cil. ’ At a meeting of the Malvern Sec- tion a constitution was adopted and the following gentlemen were elect- ed as officers for the ensuing six months: President, Mr. Golding; Vice President, Mr. T. P. Court; Hon. Secretary-Treasurer, Mr. E. J. Masters (who organised the Mal- vern Section); Asst, Hon. Secretary Mr. Brown, and Committee, Messrs. Conry, Love and Duff. This meet- ing was held in the Malvern Town Hall, and was well attended, much enthusiasm being displayed. Mal- vern is a prosperous and go-ahead suburb, and is the home of man} of Victoria’s leading experiment- ers, and it is expected that this Club will be one of the foremost in the State. At the next meeting (Julv 10th) a lecture on “Aerials and * Earths ’ ’ will be delivered by Mr. T. P. Court. Malicious rumours are being bru- ited abroad by mischievous per- sons to the effect that the broad- cast regulations state that all ex- perimenters’ apparatus has to be sealed to one wave length. Des- pite many public contradictions by the Institute Delegate to the Con- ference (Mr. T. P. Court) the rum- ours persist. The Postmaster-Gen- eral (Mr. Gibson) in speaking about the regulations recently, said: ‘ ‘ Some experimenters were anxious with regard to their position, but I can assure them that they will have more privileges than they have had in the past. It would be wise for those contemplating purchasing re- ceivers to exercise care until the regulations are available so that they will make no mistake in buy- ing receivers which have been set for certain wave lengths.' In view of this statement it is difficult to understand where the rumours had their origin, but it may be confi- dently asserted that they are ab- solutely false. On the 26th June, a meeting was held to consider the formation of a Belay League similar to that in America. It was proposed that a Boster System similar to that in vogue in New South Wales be ad- opted. A leading article in this paper was commented on, and a Committee was appointed to devise means of controlling all transmit- ters effectively. It was suggested that a member of the League be on duty nightly, and that he be given power to direct experimenting, all members agreeing to obey his in- structions. Letters are frequently being re- ceived from New Zealand, stating that Melbourne experimenters are being heard in that country 3AM (Mr. Dohrmann), 3JI T (Mr. Hull), 3BY (Mr. Holst) and 3BD (Mr. Cox) have recently been heard well at Gisborne and other places, and the recent tests have been very suc- cessful. The number of transmit- ters is steadily increasing around Melbourne and the Hon. Badio In- spectors have a fairly busy time. The Brighton City Council are giving a helping hand to the Brigh- ton Section of the Wireless Insti- tute in proving accommodation for the Club. This is a very public-
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Experimental Transmitting Stations. New South Wales 2 t G See 2*%. 9.“”“ H ° u8e ’ Pitt St > S y d »V. T - Keogh) Broadway. T. 2 A E J V - i 1 - Hudson 1 Terrace Rd., Dulwich Hill. T. 9 ? m ocker 14 Koseberry St., Marrickville. T. 2 E E. T. Years “Pipitea,” Grove St., Leura. T. 2 B Y Waverley Amateur „ _ . _ Club 42 Evans St., Waverley. T 2 C A E. W. Bonwell Cowra. T. 2 C Q E. Barlow Faulkner St., Armidale T 9 ? p “Marara, ” Rawson St, Rockdale. T. 2 K C Capt. R. H. Fry Brighton St., Croydon. T 2 M J W. H. Newman Cooney Rd., Artarmon. T o R v v o' A Ste^f t Gorrick St., Mayfield, Newcastle. T. 2 B Y E. C. Arnold Cartake St., Tamworth. T 2 C J F. L. H. Say well 12 Dillam St., Paddington. T. 2 L C G. Caletti. King St., Newtown. T 2 L I F. B. Cooke The Manor, Clifton Gardens T 2 2 E ?™ y , d0n E^ di ° Club Quandong, ’ ’ La Mascotte Ave.,' Concord. T 2FF Western Suburbs Wireless Asscn. 77 Park Rd., Auburn. T 2 G Y North Sydney Radio 0 IT TT m C1U , b T ... , Cnr - High & Alf red St., North Sydney. T. 2 H H Wireless Institute, J N.S.W. Division 2 U R A. A. Creamer 10 Hereford St., Glebe Point. T 2 U U R. G. C. Roberts 9 Church St., Ashfield. T. 2 U W O. Sandol 14 James St., Manly. T. 2 W V Burgin Electric Co. (0. F. Mingay) 352 Kent St,, Sydney. T. 2 X X O. F. Mingay Kuring-gai Chase Rd., Turramurra T 2 D K R. P. Whitburn 7 Hathern St., Leichhardt. T 2 I J A. H. Gray Florence St., Killara. T. 2 C I R. Charlsworth 173 Parramatta Rd., Haberfield. T 2 C S L. T. Swain 49 Everton St., Hamilton. T. 2 D S R. Davis Fisher Ave., V-aucluse. T. 2 G R J. S. Marks Ritz Flats, Salisburv Rd., Rose Bav. T 2 F A S. V. Colville 10 Rowe St., Sydney. T. 2 J M R. C. Marsden Victoria Rd., Edgecliffe. ' T. 2 S 0 Newcastle Radio Club (A. V. Zoppi) 25 Winship St., Hamilton. T. 2 S P R. Evans “Garth-Craig,” 6 Flood St., Clovelly. T 2 S X H. C. Slade “ Rockleigh,» ’ Lang St., Croydon. T. 2 I I Illawarra Radio Club (C. A. Goraian) 75 Montgomerie St., Kogarah. T. 2 C R L. V. G. Todd Dennison St., West Tamworth. T. 2 C M C. D. Maclurcan Agnes St., Strathfield. T. 2 C Z O. W. Exton Lismore. T. 2 £ H E. R. Mawson “Daisydale,” Wonga St., Campsie. T. - D N G. H. E. Blanchard 60 Blight St., Newtown. T. 2 1 X Burwood Radio Club 203 Burwood Rd., Burwood. T. lin A ' E- C ‘ Co °P er “Edale,” Cecil St., Ashfield. T. “EC C. A. Gorman 31 Segenhoe St., Arncliffe. T. 2 Z A W. G. Keogh 11 Victoria Square, Summer Hill. T. 2 Z B Balmain District Ra- dio Association (P. 0 H. Stephen) 9 Nicholson St., Balmain. T. E - Earington 7 Blanford Ave., Waverlev. T. -ZD S. F. Brain 85 Bland St., Ashfield. T. - Z E F. J. F. Laker Harfleur St., Deniliquin. T. Round the Clubs WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUS- TRALIA N.S.W. DIVISION. I lie next general meeting has been definitely fixed for Tuesday, 17th July, at 7.45 p.m., at Royal Society’s Hall, 5 Elizabeth St., Syd- ney, when a special lecture of a technical nature will be delivered bv Mr. Apperley. Mr. Apperley is a technician of great standing, and a good attend- ance is expected as a suitable com- pliment on such an occasion. _ Matters in connection with the big Radio Exhibition are well in hand, and the date will be announc- ed in a few days’ time. ILLAWARRA RADIO CLUB The Club concluded the first year of its operations with the 26th meeting, which was held on the 3rd inst., with a good attendance, and quite fittingly brought the mem- bership up to the half century mark by the election of another new member. After minutes had been disposed of, nominations were received for office-bearers for the ensuing year. Auditors were also appointed (un- der the Club rules) to audit the year’s accounts and verify the bal- ance sheet for presentation to the annual general meeting. The President spoke with regard to the very satisfactory progress made by the Club during the year, and wished it every success and prosperity in the future. Mr. Hewett (delegate) and Mr. Atkinson then spoke with reference to recent activities of the Radio As- sociation, particularly in regard to the mass meeting of experimenters to be held at the Education Build- ing on Thursday, 12th inst., when Mr. G. A. Taylor would give an ad- dress. on broadcasting and the re- gulations, which all members were urged to attend; the proposal as to the formation of a Local Board in Sydney (to be composed of repre- sentatives of the Wireless Institute
Winter is Here Radiators from 55/- British Electric Globes 1/ 3 each Electric Irons 20/- J. J. Hoelle & Co. 57 Goulburn Street 49 ALMA STREET, DARLINGHURST Factory : and the Eadio Association) to deal with future applications for expen- mental licenses, was also explained. Mr. S. Atkinson explained to the members the arrangements which were carried, out hv tlio IMo tropolitan Club for the tests be- tween N.S.W. and New Zealand, and the Secretary also read a letter from the Organising Secretary of the tests asking the Club’s co-op- eration and support by the entry of members in these tests. Discus- sion ensued and some members ex- pressed the opinion that they would like to see all the conditions pub- lished before entering, but the idea appealed to the Club, and it is thought that the Tests will re- ceive a fair measure of support from this quarter. Mr. E. Strom then gave an inter- estinv lecture on “Storage Batter- ies,” which he said were things which required a deep study to pro- perly understand. He described the 'construction of the positive and negative plates in accumulators, and the composition of the electro- Ivte used therein, and the action «f same on the plates. What hap- pened on the charging and dis- charging of these batteries was also explained, and how the flow of cui- rgnt wag caused by the action of Qn the plates> The'reason ~ for sulphating and how to avoi , was also shown. Many useful hints tips were given on the care of accumulators, and how to avoid or rec tify any of the usual battery troubles, all of which was appreciate anc i should prove of great help to mem b e r S . A hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Strom, responded, and offered to help any mem b er w h o should experience battery trouble at any time, Mr . gmitil a iso gave some very use- £uj bints 0 n how to make your own accumulator plates. , The next meeting of the Club, which will be the first annmal gem eral meeting will be held at the Club-room, 75 Montgomery St Kogarah, on Tuesday, July 17, at, 8 p.m. All members are particu- larly requested to attend in view of the special nature of the busi- ness. KILLAEA EADIO CLUB. The fourth general meeting of the Killara Eadio Club was held on June 29th. After 15 minutes’ buzzer practice, the meeting was called to order, Mr. Hurll taking the chair by request of Dr. Green- well, who was absent. The minutes of the previous meeting were then read and con- firmed. In view of the fact that the Vice-President (Dr. Greenwell) would be unable to be present, it was decided to alter the night of meeting to the Friday on which the Club does not at present meet; this means that the next meeting will be held on 6th July. Mr. Gray then gave a lecturette on Elementary Electricity, this was followed by a talk on Aerials and Earths, by Mr. Hurll. The question of extending the time of the buzzer practice was discussed and it was decided to start them at 7.30 and continue till 8. The meeting then adjourned. Please address communications to the Hon. Secretary, “Moylough,” Florence St,, Killara, ’phone J 2661 MR. HECTOR’S LECTURES. On the evening of May 10th last experimenters will remember Mr. Hector addressed the “All Clubs’ Night” meeting of the Wireless Institute. On that occasion Mr. Hector expressed the desire to have each Club individually to visit his laboratory at Greenwich on separ- ate Saturday evenings, for the pur- pose of a “colour music” demon- stration. He asked Mr. Phil Ben- shaw to take charge of the ar- rangements in this connection. The first visit, at Mr. Hector’s express- ed wish, is to consist of two dele- gates from each club, and is to held on 14th July (next Saturday evening). Delegates are to nice in front of Lane Cove W harf, ur cular Quay at 7 p.m., but the par- ty must not consist of more an 40 in number. Those Clubs who have not al- ready communicated with Mr. Een shaw (or Mr. Atkinson, Hon. Sec., Radio Association) are requested to immediately do so if they desire their two delegates to be present. Mr. Ren shaw has matters m liana for a roster of visits, so Clubs should get in early to secure a place on the roster.
HONEYCOMB COILS FOR Q.S.A. SIGNALS From 3/- Each. Mounted or Un- mounted. sdf New Shipment of A.B.C. Coils of all Sizes, from 25 to 1500 Turns RADIO HOUSE THE QUALITY STORE 619 GEORGE ST., SYDNEY. Phone City 1487. To the Editor Sir, —In regard to your leader entitled “That Herring—Have the Experimenters been Tricked?” in your issue of the 6th July, I wish to emphasise the fact that in all in eatings both in Committee and in Conference of all the broadcasting interests held for the past few months, there has never been any statement or indication that such interests wish to limit the experi- menter in regard to his wave length. I was elected by the Con- ference to represent the N.S.W. Di- vision of the Wireless Institute on the Committee, and as such I at- tended all the Committee meetings and in addition, visited Melbourne along with the other members of the Committee about a fortnight after the main Conference, and it has been at all times emphatically announced that the broadcasting interests did not wish to place any restriction on the genuine experi- menter. Although I am interested in wire- less from a commercial aspect, I nevertheless claim to understand and appreciate the position of the genuine experimenter, and along with all the other representatives on the Broadcasting Committee and Conference, I contend that the matter of limitation of wave length is one between the Govern- ment and the experimenters them- selves, and further I would advise all the official organisations repre- senting the experimenters, to ask for no limitation, but rather that they be given any wave length which is not being used for any other service. I entirely disagree with you that the experimenter is due for anything less than 280 metres. According to American information most excellent work has been carried out on about 200 metres, but I say that even if 2000 metres was available and not being used by either a broadcasting, com- mercial, naval or military service, that the experimenters should be allowed to have this wave length if they so desire. Once the experi- menters place a limit on themselv- es, then I venture to express the opinion that they are going to be handicapped. Your etc., O. F. MINGAY DEMONSTRATION AT THE • PRESS CLUB. An interesting demonstration was given at the Press Club last Thurs- day evening by Mr. Swinbourne, who had a 2 valve set working, with loud speaker, kindJy lent by Messrs. H. Wiles, and 3 stage pow- er amplifier. Music was received from stations 2ER, 2GR, and 2JM, and quite filled the large billiard room at the Club. Mr. Swinbourne explained to his audience in small groups the work- ings of his set. CROYDON RADIO CLUB. Ihe last meeting of the Club was held at the Club Rooms, “Roek- leigli,” Lang Street, Croydon, on Saturday, June 30t-h, at 7.30 p.m., when there was a large attendance of members. Instead of the usual lecture the evening was devoted to questions, when the Technical Committee an- swered any question which was put forward by various members, and some interesting discussion resulted. Mr. Fry’s (2KC) buzzer messages to the club were received. Next Saturday, July 14th, Mr. Malcolm Perry will lecture to mem- bers. Intending members please com- immicate with the Secretary, G. Maxwell Cutts, “Carwell,” High- bury Street, Croydon. The officers for the ensuing year are as follows: Patron, Major Marr, M.11.R.; President, Rev. W. Mal- tley; Vice-Presidents, Messrs. C. W. Slade and A. L. Dixon; Secre- tary and Publicity Officer, G. Max- well Cutts; Treasurer and Assistant Secretary, Mr. A. R. Burton; Lib- rarian, Mr. W. Craig; Auditor, Mr. H. Lees. WIRELESS CONCERT FROM PALING’S. The most complete transmission that has been held in Australia took place recently at Paling’s Con- cert Hall, when an array of well- known theatrical and concert ar- tists gathered there for the purpose of giving a concert to the many thousands of listeners in. Miss Lee White and Clay Smith gave a num- ber of items at the piano, in addi- tion to Miss Lee White’s appeal for subscriptions for the St. Margaret’s Hospital for Babies. The main items for the evening were arranged by Mrs. Lightband, and the following artists appeared: Miss Gertrude Palmer, piano solos; Mr. Harold Bloomfield, operatic tenor; Westell Gordon, whose songs at the piano were a feature of the evening; Mr.
4 4 T"1 9 1 Overset Crystal Detectors Have you seen the new English “EVER-SET” Detectors? When once correctly adjusted to sensitivity they can be handled quite roughly, and even dropped on the floor without losing their adjustment. PRICE, 10/6. Also just landed “Fuller Block” Accumulators, 14 volt units, in celluloid cases, for “B” Battery use, PRICE 37/6. Super-sensitive 1000 ohm single Receivers and Cord (Kilbourne and Clarke, PRICE 15/- each. THE “BROWNIE” CRYSTAL RECEIVER SET ,COMPLETE.- Including Tuner, Million Point Crystal, Aerial 100 ft., lead in wire, insulators, and single 1000 ohm Receiver, complete in Box, with full Instructions, PRICE, 35/-. Note the '/Idd.r WIRELESS SUPPLIES L® RADIO & ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS. 21 ROYAL ARCADE SYDNEY. BEST BY TEST Announcing the arrival of the Perfect Condenser. Absolutely the last word in \ariable Condenser Construction. Continuous- ly variable from .00001 to .001. See this wonderful instrument at: DIXON & GROVE Or Ambatone, 40 Pitt St. Or the Universal Electric Co. nous, a reflection will be noted on the instrument, or a click will be heard in the phones. The phone test is often very disconcerting, as in some transformers having very high resistance windings the click is very faint, but by making this test in a dark corner, a tiny spark may be seen as the wire is touched to the binding post, and this is a pretty sure sign that the click heard is bona fide and the circuit is continuous. With the usual radio head phones, which are very sensitive, a faint click can be heard in some cases with a winding open- circuited, owing to the capacity effect of the windings and a uni-lateral charge effect, which may give a false diagnosis of the trouble; i.e., the transformer may be open- circuited and yet be thought perfect. The meter test, therefore is the best, and some radio-electricians prefer to use a 110-volt lamp connected in series with the electric light line, or with a 90-volt B Alex. Wright, baritone; and Mr. Winslow Knight, who sang with splendid effect, “The Poet’s Song,” from “La Boheme. ” The humour- ous touch to the programme was given by songs by Sam. Rowley, an old identity from the theatrical world. Billy Lockwood’s imitations of Miss Lee White were wonderfully like the original. Keith Desmond, in dramatic and humorous mono- logues, and finally Miss Mona Wil- kins, the possessor of a very dainty soprano voice, sang “Pipes of Pan” and “Musette’s Song,” from “La Boheme.” Flashlight photographs were taken of the various artists, also Clay Smith and Miss Lee White at the piano, and the even- ing was terminated by the whole company singing “God Save the King.” Reports were received from various centres, saying how won- derfully clear the transmission was, and the New Systems ’Phones, who carried out the experimental trans- missions, under permission from the usual authorities, in conjunction with Messrs. Paling &: Co., are being congratulated on such fine results. The arrangements were carried out by Mr. Oswald Anderson, in conjunction with Mrs. Lightband and Mr. Warrington Reynolds gave very valuable help as accompanist. The artists during the past week included Mr. William Everard, tenor, and Mr. Lawrence Godfrey Smith, the well-known pianist.
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THE VERY BEST MADE See them at O’Sullivan’s Electric Shop 296 PITT STREET, SYDNEY battery, and then make a lamp test across the terminals of each trans- former winding. In testing transformers, it is al- ways a good plan to see that the windings are not grounded to the iron core; do this by connecting one of the test wires to the core and touching the other wire to both pri- mary and secondary terminals. The windings should not be grounded to the core, and if such a condition is found to be present, the transform- er should be disassembled and the Double remedied, as this may be the cause of endless trouble in the op- eration of the set and it is better to buy a new transformer if the trouble cannot be cleared up. Us- ually it can be cured, even if the transformer has to be disassembled in order to find whether the wire of the windings is touching the iron core. This would be the cause of serious trouble, particularly in the case where the iron cores are grounded to earth as practiced by some designers and builders of large radio sets, in order to reduce squealing and howling to a mini- mum. DEFECTIVE OR WEAK “B” BATTERIES. Either by opening one of the main connections to the B battery or batteries, these units can be tested by means of a milliammeter placed in series with the circuit, which tests are made more convenient by means of a plug and flexible cord connected to the meter, and self- closing jacks connected in the main B battery feed wires. It is a very good investment to have a mil- liammeter on the panel of the re- ceiving set, which will show the plate current passing at all times. If a defective B battery should be at fault at any time and be the cause of trouble, this fact will be noted instantly by connecting up the milliammeter in the plate cir- cuit of the vacuum tubes, as the usual current value will not be in- dicated. Again, the needle may rest at the zero point on the scale, as it did in one case with the writ- er a short time ago, one of the small units in a four B battery set having gone completely dead in one day: it was working well the night before and by the next noon-time when the set was started up, it had developed such a high resistance joint or defect in the connections somewhere, that it would not pass a fraction of a milliampere when 120 volts was applied to it from an- other set of B batteries. This is almost unbelievable, yet it actual- ly happened. If a milliammeter or other testing appliance had been available and had been used at once, a lot of endless hunting for poor joints in the set or other sus- pected weak spots might have been saved. It is well to make a test about once a week to see what kind of condition B batteries are in; the writer finds a 110 volt, thirty to forty watt lamp one of the best
OF INTEREST TO THE EXPERIMENTER. We have a few partly construct- ed laboratory sample sets which we are prepared to dispose of to the genuine experimenter at a reason- able figure. A visit will convince you that this is a genuine offer, open for fourteen days only. . CONTINENTAL RADIO AND . ELECTRIC COMPANY. 165 KENT STREET, SYDNEY, (near Grosvenor Hotel) Radio Company I 5 Loftus Street CIRCULAR QUAY We Open at 8.30 a.m. Daily PHONES Murdoch’s 30/-, Western Electric (4000) 42/- (8000) 45 -,Stromburg Carlson 45/-, Brown (single) 25/-, Trimm 39/6, T.M.C. 48/6 New Shipment of the Famous Sterling Phones just arrived Only 77/6 Radiators and all Electrical Goods Irons, Lamps, etc. means for testing such batteries. It lights dim red on a small 22i volt unit, so long as the battery is fit to be kept in the circuit, and will no longer light the lamp even dim red when it is about time to discard it. The lamp lights up brighter, of course, as it is shunted across more cells of the B battery, and at 120 volts the lamp lights up to full brilliancy. In one set the writer had this test lamp rigged up behind a peep hole in the front panel, with a push button on the panel, so that a test of the B battery with the lamp could be made at any time. A short circuiting switch or two placed across the loud-talker and head phone terminals will be found use- ful in testing our these devices, or operating the loud-talker at full effi- ciency once the station has been tun ed in by means of the head phones. Sometimes it may be desirable to cut out the loud-talker when the telephone rings, and with such short-circuiting switch this is very easy. “A” OR STORAGE BATTERY. The storage battery, providing it is not too old a one, usually gives but little trouble in the operation of the multiple stage V. T. receiv- ing set. Sometimes when batter- ies are rented while your own bat- tery is being charged, it will be noticed that the operation of the set is not as smooth or as quiet as when your own battery is in use. In some cases this inferior result will be found due to the fact that the rental battery is in a poor stage of charge, and not in nearly as fine a condition as the garage- man intimated. A quick test with hvdrometer or voltmeter will de- termine the condition of the bat- tery in any case. In trying out a new set, it is very important to see that the polarities of the various battery terminals are right and connections correctly made. Usually a voltmeter is avail- able which indicates potential when a current passes through it in one direction, and deflects below the zero line when the current is re- versed; knowing the positive ter- minal of the meter, it is the work of a moment to determine the po- sitive and negative terminals of any tery. If two wires from the bat- tery are dipped into a glass of salt water or acidulated water, the wire at which the most gas bubbles are generated is the negative wire. The positive terminal of the B bat- tery is always connected to the plate terminals (marked P on V.T. sockets), and where several B bat- tery units are connected in series to attain a higher voltage, the posi- tive terminal of one battery is connected with the negative of the next, etc. The negative terminal of a C battery in the grid circuit, when used to help stabilise or quiet down noisy tubes, such as a power (Contjnued on Page 20)
FOR SALE—I pair Ericsson Wire- less Head Receivers, 2200 ohms., £3/15/-. 26 Cammiray Avenue North Sydney. Tel. North 36. ’ The Australasian Radio Relay League By) J. W. Robinson, Publicity Officer, Australian Radio Relay League The recently formed Australasian Radio Relay League promises to be come one of the most important bodies in connection with the amat- eur wireless movement in Austra- lasia. Xot only will it bring to- gether the leading amateurs, but it will create an organisation which will be of the utmost value to the nation in time of danger or neces- sity. This object will be accom- plished by enthusiastic amateurs in their own time and at their own expense, and it is to be hoped that the value of this work will be ful- ly recognised by the Federal auth- | orities. As was briefly explained in last week’s issue of 11 Wireless Week- ly” the objects of the Radio Re- I lay League, are to associate all per- sons, bona fide experimenters, di- I rectly interested in the transmis- sion and reception, and reception only of wireless signals for the I purpose of establishing a chain of stations for the effective relaying of experimental messages between
- members. To provide a centre for
the distribution of information, in- struction and advice on all matters relating to wireless telegraphy for the purpose of encouraging the cor- rect procedure in transmission and reception and the handling of ex- , perimental test traffic. The third object of the League is to establish
- and maintain a body of trained
wireless operators this body to be
- at all times of national service.
The objects of the Leagaie are so worthy that they immediately com- mend themselves to any amateur or experimenter. A successfully con- ducted League will doubtless result in the establishment of a chain of stations throughout the entire length and breadth of Australia, and by constant practise the work- ing of traffic on a relay system by these stations should become high- ly efficient. 1 he result which will be achieved by the establishment of such a chain of stations is not difficult to grasp. The splendid use to which wireless was put during the war and the valuable services which were rendered the army and navy by the Australian wireless operators can not be over estimated and can not be forgotten. Should there come a time of national danger when our own shores are threatened with invasion the defence authorities will, at a moment’s notice, be in possession of a complete relay sys- tem, each unit of which will be staffed and worked by men whose knowledge of their respective sta- tions is thorough and whose exper- ience will ensure smooth working. The conditions under which licenses are granted provide for the requisitioning of any private station should necessity demand it, and the enthusiastic experimenters who have worked hard to form the Radio Relay League have borne this fact in mind. When the League was first dis- cussed at what might almost be termed an informal meeting in the Royal Society’s Rooms, Elizabeth St., some five or six weeks ago, one of the first matters which was men- tioned was the fact that the suc- cessful formation of the then pro- posed League would result in the amateurs building up an organisa- tion which would prove itself to be a national asset. In America a Radio League has been working and has received some very successful results. Tn Austra- lia many conditions render the task of floating and carrying on a League a much more difficult pro- position than that tackled by our fellow amateurs overseas. How- ever, this fact lias not for one mo- ment deterred Australian experi- menters, and an organisation is al- ready at work which will doubtless spell success to the League. Still, another matter which is an important factor to be considered in connection with the League is the fact that it will provide val- uable practise and val- uable experience for the amateur in regard to the handling of traffic. As is generally known wireless traffic is handled in a manner peculiar to wireless itself and up to the pres- ent beyond the listening-in to com- meicial stations the experimenter has not had any great amount of experience in the regular handling of traffic. The Radio Relay League should meet his wants in this direc- tion and should give him the train- ing which will result in his being a fully trained man ready for any emergency. Many people will remember the trouble which was experienced dur- ing the early days of the war when it was exceedingly difficult to se- cure the services of men fit to op- erate the services which were in- stalled in ships of the mercantile marine. Such a state of afairs should not exist in the future be- cause the Radio Relay League will in times of calm, be busily engaged in providing the training which in the past was of necessity a matter for hasty action. It matters not in what manner the Radio Relay League is viewed, its importance to both the nation and the experimenters themselves can not be overlooked, and its \alue to the country should in it- self ensure it. the support of all within the movement.
tube with high plate voltage fre- quently connected in the second or third stage of audio-frequency, is connected so as to impress a nega- tive charge on the grid, as shown in the diagram. The grid leads to amplifier tub- es should usually be connected to the negative A battery line, as the diagram indicates, and the detector grid wire to the positive A battery wire. It is always good practice to connect a volt or ammeter in the A battery circuit. To prevent flexible leads which go from the storage battery to the set getting loose and causing a short-circuit and a possible fire during the night it is a good idea to have a short lead with a spring clip on it con- nected to the storage battery from a switch. This switch in the writer’s apparatus is a double-pole, single throw, twenty-five ampere knife switch, connected as shown. As will be seen, this serves only as a single-pole switch, while the two top terminals are joined by a piece of ten ampere fuse wire, so that if a short-circuit should hap- pen when the switch is closed, the storage battery will be protected by the blowing of the fuse. To he continued. THE NEW VARIABLE CONDENSER, This new patent condenser is an entirelv new innovation in the con- struction of variable condenser, and will come as a boon to the amat- eurs filling a long felt want for something better than the usual ac- cepted term of variable condenser, with its associated troubles of shortening plates, etc., and at the same time this new condenser is much below the price asked for the old types. The most prominent features which commend it to the amateur is (1) the unusual range it covers, being continuously variable from .00001 to .001; (2) the impossibil- ity of shortening plates; (2) its adaptability to panel mounting the weight being kept uniform on the panel, thereby eliminating the pos- sibility of buckled or cracked pan- els, as is the case when using the plate type which has a great over- hanging weight, which is bound by the panel; (l') the impossibility of it getting out of order in any wav. All these points lend themselves to the amateur point of view, and help how to construct a properly finished and efficient working set. They can be examined at the works, Dixon and Grove, Dengate Lane, Ashfield, or at their showrooms, 40 Pitt St., or at Universal Electric Co., Pitt Street. Retailers desiring to stock this line should get in touch with the manufacturers or with Edison Swan, Clarence St., Sydney. AMATEUR WIRELESS LICENCES: QUEENSLAND. Wireless Licences for experimental purposes have been issued during the month of May, 1923, to the following: — RECEIVING ONLY. Call Sign. Name. Address. 4F O de Bavay, F. J. X. Cannon Hill, near Brisbane. R. 4 F P Davidson, E. R. Chernside St., Teneriffe. R. 4 F Q Barry, W. L. Annerley Rd., South Brisbane. R. 4F R Denby, H. R. Ann St., Brisbane. R. 4F S Durbridge, W T . K. Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe. R. 4F T Linden, E. New Sandgate Rd., Brisbane. R. 4 F U Shearer, G. A. Hall St., Alderley. R. Roscoe G. T. Condamine, via Miles. R. Hoddinott, F. W. Emma St., Eagle Junction. R. Kneipp, J. H. Stanton St., Cannon Hill. R. Green, J. Yeronga, Brisbane. R. Morris, C. R. N. Elizabeth St., Rosalie. R. Carter, H. Molonga Terrace, Graceville. R. Pollock, J. H. Forest St., Moorooka. R. Wilson, V. J. B. Crase St., New Farm. R. Diddams, R. H. Aston St., Toowong. R. Harlen, J. E. Main Rd., Sunnybank. R. Chapman, E. B. Holy Trinity Rectory, South Brisbane. R. Bond, R. F. Crn. Derham & Campbell St., Rockhampton. R. Gregory, C. F. B. Archer St., Emu Park. R. Ede, C. F. Wellington Pt., Cleveland Line. R. Callick, H. V . Branston Terrace, Herston. R. Nature of Licence. C Dutton, T. H. Chester St., Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. R. V Gibson, E. G. Ormiston, Cleveland Line. R. C Paradise, E. H. C. Montague St., Coorparoo, South Brisbane. R. C Bowden, R. S. Moggill Rd., Taringa, Brisbane. R. C Boultbee, K. W. Hillsdon Rd., Taringa, Brisbane. R. C Grimes, B. D. Tarragindi Rd., Brisbane. R. C Ashbury, A. W. C. N.Q. Club, Denham St., Townsville. R. C Gray, A. J. ‘ ‘Thule,’’ Laidlaw r Parade, East Brisbane. R. C Whitlam, L. 246 Leichhardt St., Brisbane. R. C Shaw, J. G. Victoria Ave., Chelmer. R. V Frame, V. H. Constance St., Mareeba. R. V McCullagh, A. A. Inkerman Sugar Mill, Home Hill. R. Call Sign. Name. TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING. 4 A C Waters, L. Rankin St., Innisfail. T. 4 C C Isles, C. W. Charlton St., Ascot, Brisbane. T. 4G C Maryborough Wire- less Club (T. T. McCoy) Richmond St., Maryborough. T. The following have removed to the addresses indicated: — Call Sign. Name. Address. 4 A P Bridger, T. W. Telegraph Chambers, Queen St., Brisbane. 4 A T Wilson, P. A. Commercial Hotel, Eumundi.
W ireless Experimenters Requirements Apparatus and Parts with a Guarantee of 100% Efficiency DOUBLE SLIDE TUNERS, £2; complete with phone condenser detector panel. LOOSE COUPLERS, £3; with detector panel, £3/15/-. LOOSE COUPLER PARTS: Baseboard, 1/6; complete set of ends, 2/3; tubes, 6d. each; slider, 3/6; secon- dary sliding rods, 2/8 pair; primary wire, 2/-; secondary wire, 1/6; 8 studs and stops, 2/-; secon- dary switch, 2/9; Crystal detector, 4/6; all loose coupler parts nickel plated. vat.VP. RECEIVING SETS, equal to any on the world’s market, from £l6; complete with high and low tension Bat aerial wire, insulators, ’Phones, etc., with Vernier adjustments for Telephony, £1 extra. SWITCHES: 2/9, 3/-, and 4/- each. CRYSTAL PANEL MOUNTED SETS, £7, complete with phones, aerial wire, etc. VALVES: Expanse “B,” 35/-; Radiotrons, 200, 37/6; 201, £2; 202, £2/10/-; Myers’ Detectors and Ampli- fiers, 35/-; Marconi “R,” 35/-; V-24, 37/6; Mullard Ora, 27/6; D.E.R., 50/-. ’PHONES: Brown’s single, 25/-; Murdock’s, 30/-; Bestone, 32/6; Trim’s, 39/6; Western Electric, 4000, 42/-, 8000, 45/-; Baldwin’s, £4/18/6; Brandes’ Superior, £3; Stromberg Carlson, 45/-; Amplihorns, 12/6 each; Magnavox, £l4/10/-. CRYSTALS: Galena tested and guaranteed, 2/-; magnetite iron pyrites selicon, 1/6 each. “COL-MO” CONDENSER: Ready to assemble, .0001, 7/6; .0002, 8/3; .0003, 10/-; .0006, 12/3; .0008 15/6; .001, 18/6; assembled and adjusted, .0001, 10/- to .001, 25/-; with Vernier control, 10/- extra on assembled price. TERMINALS: From sd. each; studs, 2/- and 2/3 per dozen. EBONITE TUBE: 3 in., in., and 4 in., diam., 12/- per ft.; Rotors, 5/6 each. TRIPLE HONEYCOMB COIL: Mountings, 18/6; Remler, £l/-/-; Plugs, 4/6. REMLER APPARATUS: Potentiometers, 8/6; Rheostats, 8/6; Dial Rheostats, 12/6; Knob and Dial, 6/6; Rotarv Switches, 3/6 and 4/6; Q.S.A. Tapped H/C Coils, 850 turns, £2/5/-. VERNIER RHEOSTATS: “Fada” Type, 10/6 each. Tke Col ville-Moore Wireless Supplies lO ROWE STREET, SYDNEY WE SEND GOODS (PER VALUE PAYABLE POST). Something New in Radio Graham Variable Condenser (Pat.) R’ge .0001 to .001 mfd. Measures 5} x 2f x H Costs only 25/- ' Will fulfil every requirement of any condenser for any part of any wireless circuit. Now being used in wave-meter construction. No rotary plates to get out of order —no capacity effects. The ideal condenser for holding the carrier wave. Can be mounted internally or externally. Graham inductance coils, all sizes, from 2/6. Graham variable grid-leak, 1 to 2 megohm, 5/6. Graham products are available at all leading Eadio dealers, or from the manufacturers’ stock. Ask your Eadio dealer to show you the Graham Products. If your dealer cannot supply you, write direct to us, or better still, make a call. Continental Radio & Electric Co 165 KENT STEEET, SYDNEY (Near Hotel Grosvenor) QUALITY RADIO Winter Seasons are the best for Badio Beceptiom. Secure your Set before the season arrives. WE STOCK COMPLETE SETS OE PABTB TO BUILD YOUE OWN. B.T.H. English Detecting, 35/-; Amplifying, 35/-; and Transmitting Valves, 40/-; Head Sets 2000 t* 8000 ohms.; Crystal Sets complete with 4000 ohms.; Head Set, £5. SEND FOE PRICE LIST TO W. HARRY WILES, Radio Department, 60-62 GOULBURN STREET, One door from Pitt Street SYDNEY.
I .VALVE (COVERED BY VARIOUS PATENTS) ‘ R’ Type Valve A general purposes valve which will perform all the diverse func- tions of the Thermionic Valve. It will give good results as a detector, high frequency or low frequency amplifier and as local oscillat- or. Filament volts 4.0 Filament current 0.67 Plate volts 45/60 ■v 4 o & % & V y sn Other Types in Stock Marconi D.E.R. Marconi V. 24 Marconi Q. Radiotron U.V. 200 Radiotron U.V. 201 A Radiotron W.D. II CALL OR WRITE FOR PARTICULARS British General Electric Co. Ltd. “Magnet House,” 154-6 Clarence St., Sydney Cr. Scott and Bolton Sts., Newcastle Magnet House, 590 Bourke Street Melbourne And at Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland, N.Z. Magnet House, 203-7 Murray St., Perth Sole Agents : Norman Bell & Co., Brisbane Morris, Hedstrom Ltd., Suva and Levuka, Fiji.