Early QST Cover Art

QST covers from the early years are more than just technical illustrations.  They are literally works of art, reflecting the developing culture of the amateur radio community in the United States.  The majority of these covers were drawn by the incomparable Clyde E. Darr, 8ZZ, and capture the challenges faced by early radio experimenters, often in a humorous light.  The lightheartedness of the cover art contrasts in some respects with the substantial technical content between the covers.  In these early years of radio experimentation, amateurs, led by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), were often at the forefront of technical sophistication, leading the way in exploration of the short wavelengths.  

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