QST/December 1915/The Secretary of the American Radio Relay League Offers a Reward!

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He wants an Answer to One of the Many Curious Letters He has Received

The American Radio Relay League has grown very famous and, as this fame has extended all over the wireless world, it is not unusual that many curious letters are received by the Secretary. The following letter is so interesting that it seems certain the readers of Q S T would like to read it and suggest an answer. The Secretary has decided to pay $5.00 for the best answer. The answers must be received by Dec. 30th, and will be judged from either their funny side or technical value.

Hynacus, Japan

To Honorable Mr. Radio Secretary Tuska,
Honorable Relay League, America

    I ask to know. When condenser made separators of glass we know dialectrics much pressed by electricity. This much sure, why, tests made show it. Honorable writers of English make tests and demonstration that metal can he vanished and all the same when new metal comes to condenser, yet discharge comes too the same. Why thus we see plain that dialectric heart of condenser.

    Then now. I ask to know if air I use no glass for important dielectric does it obtain pressed? Like glass? Honorable American teachers tell me yes. Air—glass—mica all same without difference among them.

    Then now again how? Suppose l have air variable condenser and l the air vanish blowing my breath. Goes away quickly the air. How goes my electricity charge? Goes it too? I think me not. Then how charge gets back?

    Explanation me Honorable Radio Secretary for which accept my assurances most distinguished consideration.

    Japanese Radio Student,
        P. O. Box 1155, Hynacus, Japan
S. P Why this write typewriter, you Japanese write mostly not know. K. K.

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