Radio: Illegal Transmitter

An FCC secret leaked into the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week. Thinking it over, FCC didn't much mind. The story did credit to FCC, and it certainly gave no comfort to the enemy.

In each State FCC has at least one monitoring station. Each FCC station has at least one mobile unit (e.g., a truck) in which suspicious transmission can be reconnoitered. Several hundred illegal sending sets were extinguished by this system in 1941. Some were not merely illegal but dangerous.

A few days before Japan attacked the U.S. an FCC monitor in Oregon heard a new and interesting short-wave signal: no message,...

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