Radio & TV: Cuddling the Communists

The Voice of America last week described some of its more effective technical tricks for getting its programs to listeners in the U.S.S.R. One trick: slipping its broadcasts in alongside Russian programs on a neighboring channel.

The Soviet government, explained Chief Engineer George Herrick, needs some wave bands for its own purposes; it cannot well afford to jam all the frequencies all the time. Its need for air room is accentuated by the fact that Russia has few long-distance telegraph or telephone lines. Cities get along with three or four circuits instead of the 200 or so that connect comparable cities in...

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