JAMMING by Rimantas Pleikys

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IS ALVIN SNYDER RIGHT?

Radio jamming is discussed comprehensively in Warriors of Disinformation by Alvin A. Snyder. Unfortunately it seems that some of the sources the author referred to were not completely correct. Page No. 26 for example reads: "...most employees of the center who originated the noise were female"; "Working in a noise factory was not a privileged occupation. Working at the transmitters sites, where noise generated elsewhere was relayed into the ionosphere, was a lot more pleasant". These judgements seem to be inconsistent. Most likely, control and correction posts of the jammers mentioned in the book are referred to by A. Snyder as "centers who originated the noise" and "noise factories". It is absolutely true that mostly women were employed there. They sent the original noise (generator noise, the Mayak service or "speech like" signal played back by a tape deck) to the remotely located transmitters (usually 2-10 km away) via a communication link. The transmitters were serviced mostly by men. However, the judgement made that workers at a "noise factory" (the CCP) received fewer privileges than those at a transmission site is incorrect.

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