RADIO SIGNALS GUIDE FARMER’S PLOW (Feb, 1932)

RADIO SIGNALS GUIDE FARMER’S PLOW

Nearly seven years ago this magazine prophesied that farmers someday would do their plowing by radio. That prediction has now come true, at least on an experimental scale. Recently, J. J. Lynch, of Miles City, Mont., demonstrated his radio-controlled tractor before 200 electrical experts and business men. Steered from a closed car traveling behind, it plowed around a thirty-acre field. Radio relays beneath the empty driver’s seat operated it in response to a radio transmitter in the control car. The experiment brings nearer the dream that “automatic tractors will lumber across the fields and plow with quenchless ardor. The farmer . . . will loll coolly before his radio” (P. S. M., Mar. ’25, p. 171)

4 comments
  1. Bob says: December 7, 20076:06 am

    Today we have GPS and laser guided tractors, air conditioned cabs, quality stereo systems, basically all the comforts you could want. Of course there is still the 10 to 12 hours a day on the tractor and the setup and cleanup times before and after that.

  2. Neil Russell says: December 7, 20078:53 am

    “I love the features, but, well, who are those people back there behind the tractor?”
    “Oh them? That’s my network!”

  3. Myles says: December 10, 200711:03 am

    Why do the artist’s conceptions never look like the actual contraptions?

  4. Topher says: April 23, 20088:15 am

    Probably because artists aren’t engineers/designers/architects. Fortunately, that doesn’t always apply in reverse, so the stuff we use is actually nice-looking!

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