Thanks for the reminder, OM. Let's not forget that "The Man Who Broke the
Bank" was written by G. Franklin Montgomery, W3FQB, of Bethesda, Maryland.
His name is not in the QRZ.com database so he's probably dead. Perhaps some
PVRC old timers remember him. He scored 114K in the 1952 CW SS, in the
maximum allowed 40 hours.
You're right, it's really a genius story. It's too bad that QST will no
longer publish such wacky stories.
I think I first read W3FQB's story when I was in high school in the 1960s,
and I'm sure it had a subconscious influence on my own writing years later.
(Note: QST archives are available on line to ARRL members at the ARRL web
Jim Cain, K1TN
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Hachadorian" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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> W3LPL recently called my attention to an even more prescient QST article
> related to computer-aided contesting and CW Skimmer. The title is "The Man
> Who Broke the Bank," from May of 1953. This is before even the first
> production transistor radio! Illustrations are by Gil. For ARRL members:
> Dave Hachadorian, K6LL
> Yuma, AZ
> -----Original Message-----
> From: James Cain
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> Subject: [CQ-Contest] The Oracle Spoke
> Read "The Mind of the Contester," QST, July 1990, and "Packet With a
> Purpose," QST, August 1990.
> The author of those articles correctly predicted every issue currently on
> this reflector, and more, 20 years ago.
> Thank you.
> Jim Cain
> At the New K1TN Superstation
> Crivitz, Wisconsin
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