Mike, AA1TJ, is the QRPoet Laureate, but I think we can now officially name Steve Silverman, KB3SII, our official SolderLexicographer:
Here is an interesting
possible explanation for the term LID:
'It's a term that goes back to land based telegraphers, before radio was
even used. Some say it has to do with placement of a tobacco can or lid
to enhance hearing the telegraph sounder. Such things were apparently
trademarks of the poorer ops.'
there you, using a tobacco can sounder "hearing aid" defined you as a
LID, as in using the lid of the can to tune your RIT. But in telegraph
location with lots of QRM, such as in a major telegraph office or along
side of a noisy train track, the lids enabled an operator to
distinguish his sounder from the background clicks and clacks. The Car
Talk guys would love this explanation.
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