Editorial from the first edition of the QRV journal published in July 1937 by the Cranwell Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (CARTS), the predecessor of RAFARS.


The amateur production and publication of any periodical is a task beset by difficulties and responsibilities. These are especially severe in the case of a technical magazine, which meets stern competition from old-established, much revered professional papers of proved integrity and worth. These latter place before their readers works by the great mathematicians, physicists and engineers, whose writings are enhanced in value by the art and skill of photographer, draughtsman and compositor.

It would be foolish and presumptuous to vie with such illustrious rivals, and we have no such aim in view. Our outlook is homely rather than national in character. We wish to strike a happy medium between the existing extremes in radio journalism. 'We cannot hope to publish writings with the authority, accuracy, and mental grasp exhibited by the great scientific authors, but we can and will avoid the cheap sensationalism of the popular radio press, and endeavour to write in restrained terms about those subjects which interest us, and in which we may have contributed some little item to the sum total of existing knowledge.

We shall be amply satisfied if we please our own little circle of readers, and hope that the material we publish meets a demand which is inadequately covered by existing publications. The official magazine of a Radio Club must cater for the interests of its members and the basis of our subject matter will be designs, facts and figures relating to transmitters and receivers, but we hope from time to time to include articles of a wider and more general nature. We welcome friendly advice, and would suggest that the highest form of criticism is that which shows by example what is needed. We would therefore welcome contributions which are considered likely to appeal.

It is considered fitting that in our first issue we should record our appreciation of the efforts of a small band of workers who have spent many tedious hours in the business of production.

In reviewing our work, we realise it leaves much to be desired. We pray for your indulgence, and hope with practice that we may improve, but please remember:-

"Pardon, gentles all,
The flat unraised spirits that have dared
On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
So great an object".

Editor: F Butler Esq