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"Too Few Volunteers, Too Much Emergency”
by Rich MOSESON, W2VU
(CQ The Radio Amateur's Journal, November 2001)


"Too Few Volunteers, Too Much Emergency”
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As I begin this month's editorial, it is Tuesday, September 11th, another "day which will live in infamy" in American history. From outside my house in New Jersey, I can see the smoke rising from what used to be the World Trade Center. Behind me, my 2-meter radio is on, tuned to the main New York City emergency net. All day, I’ve been listening to and watching the news of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, plus the plane crash outside Pittsburgh. I've seen the videotapes dozens of times. And I still can't believe it really happened.

But although I am shocked, angered and saddened by the day's events, my faith in human nature and in the unifying power of amateur radio cannot be stronger. Through the day, I listened to a half-dozen emergency nets gearing up for possible assignments, hearing dozens of hams volunteering to do "whatever you need, wherever you need it." And the first piece of e-mail I received about the attack came from an amateur in Turkey -- Berkin, TA3J, "I am very sorry to hear about the terrorist attack in USA," it read. "I can't find words to explain my feelings. It is unbelievable..."

Indeed.

Yet his message served as an immediate reminder that we must be careful not to blame entire groups of people for the actions of a fanatical few. As I write this, it is not yet certain who bears the responsibility for planning and carrying out these attacks, but it is widely suspected that they originated in the Middle East. And here comes this message, expressing the same feelings that many of us are experiencing -- the only message of its type today -- coming from the Middle East, reminding us indirectly that most people in most countries want to live in peace and condemn such acts of cowardice.  We hams have the opportunity to hear that firsthand. Ham radio breaks down barriers between us, and allows people from different parts of the world to relate one-on-one, human-to-human, without the interference of politics or propaganda. This is the power of amateur radio.
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Final surreal image of the day: On the way home, coming out of the Lincoln Tunnel, we looked back toward lower Manhattan. Image: Darkened buildings surrounding the highly-illuminated plume of smoke that seems as if it will be a permanent new part of New York’s radically rearranged skyline. They are images that will always be with me.

Rich, W2VU


QUESTION & ANSWER

Why are amateur radio club emblems generally in the shape of parallelogram ? Does anybody have any idea ? 73,
Berkin AYDOGMUS, TA3J

That shape resembles tower with points at the top and bottom. So it signifies the antenna and then some other markings or letters are attached.
Yuri Z. BLANAROVICH, K3BU

The ARRL emblem provided the model for many organizations that followed.  As N5NJ points out, the ARRL emblem incorporated an antenna, inductor, and earth ground schematic that symbolized both a receiver and a transmitter.  The shape of the emblem was formed by placing the letters "A", "R", "R", and "L" at the four compass points.
Leigh S. JONES, KR6X


I do not have an answer to your parallelogram question.
Bob JOSUWEIT, WA3PZO


Berkin, According to a staffer here at ARRL: "ARRL started using it; others copied. See
"At the Sign of the Diamond," August 1926 QST, p.17." 73,
Brennan PRICE, N4QX


I believe that it is an outline of the shape of a simple receiver schematic.The antenna would be at the top, a ground symbol at the bottom and so on. Anyone else know for sure ?
Bob NAUMANN, N5NJ 


Berkin, here's what Dave Sumner K1ZZ sent in response to my inquiry about the shape of the emblems for many of the amateur radio societies. 73,
Rod STAFFORD, W6ROD

Working backward, in August 1926 QST page 17 K. B. Warner said:
"At the Sign of the Diamond"
"About seven years ago the A.R.R.L. adopted an emblem, the now-familiar diamond. It is interesting to note how the idea has spread around the world until now many radio societies have emblems based on the original concept of a diamond containing radio symbols and the initials of the association. This similarity is pleasing, for it makes the diamond the sign of the radio amateur....It is probable that when the device of the International Amateur Radio Union is determined upon, it too will be in the diamond family."
Warner filed for a patent on the design for a "fraternal button" on August 26, 1920 and it was granted to him on April 25, 1922.
It first appeared in QST in July 1920 (explanation is on page 23). The ARRL Board had adopted the diamond emblem at its previous meeting.
I don't find any explanation for the diamond shape other than that the design was principally for a lapel pin, the shape of which would signify a radio amateur.
Dave K1ZZ


Now you have me wondering.  I have no idea why amateur radio club emblems are shaped like a parallelogram.  Now it is in my mind and I am thinking about that question. I hope I can sleep now!!!  73
Larry SANDERSON, KDØYZ  


I do not know why the emblems are such.
Valeri Ivanov STEFANOFF, LZ2CJ


Really I don't know and I didn't do it! (Hi)
Bilal EKMEKCI, TA8A 


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