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Electrical Experimenter (04:06) October 1916

Hugo Gernsback, editor

"I think wireless telegraphy is a most fascinating study, and one which could very easily be taken up by girls, as it is a great deal more interesting than the telephone and telegraph work, in which so many girls are now employed. I am only fifteen, and I learned the code several years ago, by practicing a few minutes each day on a buzzer. I studied a good deal and I found it quite easy to obtain my first grade commercial government license, last April. You can gradually learn to make all your own instruments, as I have done with my 1/4 kilowatt set."
This is the October 1916 issue of Electrical Experimenter featuring “The Wireless Girl” cover. The feature inside is “The Feminine Wireless Amateur.” This real life wireless girl was Gladys Kathleen Parkin, born in 1901 in Bolinas, California at her parents’ Flagstaff Hotel. By 1906 they had relocated to San Rafael, California and at the young age of 5 she became interested in wireless telegraphy. She and her older brother operated an amateur station for six years, one of the first stations in all of California. By the age of 15 she obtained her first-class commercial radio operator’s license. She was the youngest female ever examined, the youngest female ever to pass the exam (and with a high score), the first woman (of any age) in California to obtain the license, and only the third woman in the country to do so. She designed her own radio equipment and later worked with her brothers in the family radio business, Parkin Manufacturing Company of San Rafael. She was widely known among radio amateurs and doubtless an inspiration to many young women. She passed away in Marin County in 1990 at the age of 88.
Contents of this Issue:
  • Editorial: Gravitation (H. Gernsback)
  • The Electric Villa of a Thousand Wonders (Jacques Boyer)
  • When the Engineers Go to War
  • Electrical Frauds (H. Gernsback)
  • A Trip Through a Modern Research Laboratory (Samuel Cohen)
  • The Feminine Wireless Amateur
  • How the Farmer Uses Electricity (H. Winfield Secor)
  • Intensifying Radio Signals with Radium
  • A Mammoth Electric Clock
  • Bringing Niagara Falls Out of the Night by Incandescent Lights (Raymond Francis Yates)
  • Automatic Keyboard Transmitter for Wireless and Telegraphy
  • A New Crest Reading Volt-Meter
  • The Marvels of Modern Physics: The Absolute Zero (Rgers D. Rusk)
  • Radio League of America: President Wilson Opens Centennial by Radio (W.H. Kirwan)
  • Radio Department: Some Interesting New Radio Apparatus
  • Lead-in of the Eiffel Tower at Paris, France
  • Rotary Spark Gaps
  • The Constructor: An Inexpensive High-Frequency Alternator for Testing Crystal Detectors (Raymond Francis Yates)
  • A New Design for a Chromic Acid Battery (C.A. Oldroyd)
  • Construction of a Wheatstone Bridge for Measuing Resistances
  • A Rheostat of 100 Volts
  • How To Make It
  • How to Build a Highly Sensitive Galvanometer (C.A. Oldroyd)
  • Experimental Chemistry: Fifth Lesson: Oxygen (Albert W. Wilsdon)
  • Wrinkles Recipes Formulas (S. Gernsback)
  • With the Amateurs
  • Official List of Licensed Radio Amateurs Not To Appear in Annual Government Call Book, Until September, 1916.
  • Latest Patents
  • Phoney Patents
  • Question Box
  • Patent Advice (H. Gernsback)
  • Scientific Exchange Columns
  • Opportunity Exchange

Experimenter Publishing Company, Inc.
Editor: Hugo Gernsback
Issue: Volume 4: Number 6; Whole No. 42; October 1916
Pages: 80
Size: 9″ x 12″
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