Each month in Radio News, three amateurs were spotlighted in the "With the Amateurs" section of the magazine. May L. Smith of Manchester, New Hampshire, who, as mentioned in this article, occasionally sent out entertainment broadcasts, was featured in the August, 1920 issue. The high powered radiotelegraph stations which she reported hearing were located as follows: NAA Arlington (Radio), Virgina; MUU Carnavon, Wales; LCM Stavanger, Norway; and POZ Nauen, Germany. According to contemporary station lists, at the time this article appeared May Smith's amateur callsign was 1DBE, although by the next year it had been changed to 1BAE.
Radio News, August, 1920, page 75:
Radio Station of Miss May L. Smith
First Prize Winner
IT is with pleasure that I present to readers of RADIO NEWS a short description of my station as well as include a photograph of myself seated at the instruments. From this photograph may plainly be seen the essential parts which go toward making my set most effective.
I am located at Manchester, N. H., and I may say that this city (and probably the state as well) has frequently boasted of its pioneer lady radio operator.
I have been interested in Radio Amateurs for several years and as a result, I have graduated from the crystal-detector-tuning-coil stage to my present rather complete radiophone outfit. Of course the station was dismantled during the war but when the order went out to resume operation again, I did not hesitate to start in again with renewed vigor.
Recently, I conducted a radiophone experiment employing music and conversation with Dr. A. Gale Straw, who is another enthusiast located nearby. In this case we made use of a talking machine and sent out the strains of "The Long Long Trail."
It is needless to say that a great amount of pleasure is expected from the phone set, not only to myself but to my local radio friends as well, who number quite a few. A general description of my instruments follows:
The aerial, which is of the T type, consists of four wires No. 10 B.S. hard drawn copper, 100 ft. long, spaced 3 ft. apart, 42 ft. high, a 55 ft lead-in, with a ground a 15 ft. in length from the instruments.
The sending set, which is in a case, with glass doors for safety, is made up for a ½ K.W. Transmitter, a Rotary Spark Gap, an Oscillation Transformer and Transmitting Condenser.
I also have a DeForest Type O., A. C. Radio Telephone and Telegraph Oscillion Transmitter, which has given me excellent results.
For receiving, I have the DeForest Type T 100 Differentially Balanced Double Multi-wave Tuner, Type P 300 Combination Audion-Ultraudion and 1-step Amplifier, two Type P 2-step Amplifiers and one 6-volt storage battery with Tungar Rectifier for charging. My receivers are the Holtzer Cabot 3000 ohms type.
I know of no more interesting pastime than Radio. Even with my first set, when NAA was the most distant station to be heard, I found it very interesting, but now, when I have only to put on the long wave coils to get MUU, LCM, POZ and many nearer stations, it is indeed most fascinating and instructive. The Radiophone is proving interesting, especially to those who are not familiar with the code.
MAY L. SMITH,
724 Maple St., Manchester, N. H.