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He was living in Pasadena, California and teaching part-time at Cal Tech.Hoover, of course, contacted James Millen at National Co., since the creation of a "sophisticated" design was going to require the expertise that National had gained building the AGS receivers.Without a doubt the finest creation to come from National Company, Inc. Introduced in October 1934 (first production run January 1935 with first deliveries in March 1935,) the HRO featured incredible performance capabilities coupled with an anachronistic, almost scientific instrument appearance that certainly appealed to the technically-minded ham.

The AGS was developed to fulfill a contract with the Department of Commerce for modern receivers for airports in 1932.The accuracy of the Type-N vernier dial was excellent and the receiver's sensitivity quite good.Since the contract was only for a handful of receivers, National decided to also produce the RHM as a civilian communications receiver called the AGS.Hoover setup a lab in his garage, employing Howard Morgan from Western Electric Co.and a few of his technicians to develop the new receiver circuitry.

The AGS was developed to fulfill a contract with the Department of Commerce for modern receivers for airports in 1932.

The accuracy of the Type-N vernier dial was excellent and the receiver's sensitivity quite good.

Since the contract was only for a handful of receivers, National decided to also produce the RHM as a civilian communications receiver called the AGS.

Hoover setup a lab in his garage, employing Howard Morgan from Western Electric Co.

and a few of his technicians to develop the new receiver circuitry.

Though expensive, National felt there must be a market for a high performance receiver, even during the Depression.