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Posted 28 October 2019 - 04:05 PM
Publication: The Marshall News Messenger
Location: Marshall, Texas
Issue Date: Thursday, July 7, 1932
NATIONAL GUARD Mineral Wells, Texas, July 6. (UP). Headquarters troops from Dallas, Houston and Austin Tuesday began instruction at the Texas National Guard camp here in the use of the new 300-mile range army radio transmitting equipment. The new type of equipment was approved by the war department only six months ago and the Texas 56th Cavalry Brigade was the first national guard organization in the country to receive it. Capt. Calvin Burkhead, Fort Worth, a regular army officer, will instruct the guardsmen in its use. Captain Burkhead was at Fort Bliss when the new equipment was approved following a long, series of tests, many with Fort Riley, Kansas. He says the sets have a range of 300 miles during the day while the army equipment superseded worked only for 60 miles. At night the range of the new sets is reduced to 40 miles but a second "high angle" range of about 1,000 miles is opened with a blank space between the zones where no contact may be made.
Posted 28 October 2019 - 09:26 PM
Publication: Santa Ana Register
Location: Santa Ana, California
Issue Date: Saturday, May 8, 1926
Page: Page 18
Hello, central please connect me with John Brown, aboard the steamer Leviathan, which left New York two days ago.” That’s the way we soon will be putting in our telephone calls when we want to talk to persons at sea. Authority for that statement is Capt. C. H. Burkhead, signal officer at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., where he works under direction and in co-operation with Brig. Gen. E. L. King, commandant of the fort. In this day of radio nothing is impossible, inventors say, and Capt. Burkhead believe experiments conducted at Fort Leavenworth indicate beyond doubt that telephone conversation between America and persons on board ships in the middle of the Atlantic or Pacific oceans is not only possible, but probable in the near future. The cost of using a radio transmitter as a wireless telephone is small, says the captain. In tents, by which persons at Fort Leavenworth carry on wireless telephone conversation with persons at Fort Riley, Kas., only an added coil was used. Captain Burkhead says his contraption is not an invention but merely is a “development of a circuit which makes it possible to use the radio for a telephone.” Persons in the city of Leavenworth, several miles from the fort are able to life their receivers from the hooks, ask for a number at Fort Riley and get quick connection by radio. Several months ago radio experts from the east were at Fort Leavenworth and Capt. Burkhead then told them of his experiments in an effort to perfect a radio telephone without the great expenditure which always has been considered necessary. The experts told him it could not be done. But Capt. Burkhead persisted. The connection of Fort Leavenworth with Fort Riley is made over a 900-meter wavelength. Then Fort Riley responds with a 1200 meter wavelength. It is necessary to have these different wavelengths to prevent conversation becoming a jumbled mess.
Posted 06 November 2019 - 05:00 PM
aznation and all who added information, many thanks. The trunk is in my display building. I will take it out and have a forum friend take some photos. The trunk is from his WW1 service with many painted symbols but it apparently was trunk #6 that went to Alaska with him. I knew when the fellow pulled it out from under a pile of old OD items that I needed to clean it and give it a better home. It is in rough shape, but neverless quite interesting- made more so by all the Forum help. Thanks.
Posted 06 November 2019 - 05:07 PM
You're welcome. I/we look forward to seeing photos of the trunk. I'm glad you were able to give it a good home.
Posted 17 November 2019 - 01:04 AM
Posted 17 November 2019 - 10:31 AM
Good Job- Thank you Scott for posting the trunk photos. The same thanks to aznation for bringing the trunk's story to be preserved.
Posted 17 November 2019 - 11:23 AM
Glad to help, its a really neat trunk with a great story! Scott
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