December 1954 Popular Electronics
People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history
of early electronics. Popular Electronics was published from October 1954 through April 1985. All copyrights
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With such a good response to the posting of articles from vintage
magazines, I figured it would be worth investing in some copies
of other electronics-related magazines. People old and young enjoy
waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history of, respectively,
early electronics. Popular Electronics was published from October
1954 through April 1985. I remember reading the magazine back in
my USAF days (1978-1982).
A couple batches of Popular Electronics magazines came up for
auction on eBay a week or so ago, and I managed to snag one set
that included the December 1954 issues - Vol. 1, No. 3, the third
edition. It also included some editions from early 1955. Then others
stretched into the early 1960s.
Popular Electronics was a hobbyist's magazine, and was chock
full articles on small electronics projects, Ham radio, radio-controlled
aircraft equipment, audio amplifiers, model train control, basic
electronics lessons, and useful charts and tables of data. The editors
jumped right on that newfangled transistor thing when it emerged
as a commercial product!
Here is the first installment. As with the
and the vintage model aviation magazines I have posted from, the
Popular Electronics articles have been scanned and OCRed in order
to make all the text searchable (just posting a JPG of the page
doesn't allow searching). Enjoy.
Emergency Radio Truck Covers Detroit Area
Dodge officials are thanked by "walkie-talkie"
for the truck they donated to Inter County Amateur Radio Club. Left
to right: William C. Newberg. president of the Dodge Div.; Fred
J. Lamborn, vice-president and general manager; L. J. Purdy. vice.
president and general manager-trucks; George Wilde, trustee of the
radio club; Al Thomas, communications coordinator of the Detroit
CD; Ted Hoffman, Detroit assistant executive director of the Red
Cross; and John Sauer, coordinator for the ARRL of the mobile unit.
A ceaseless vigil is being maintained by members of the Inter
County Amateur Radio Club to provide valuable communications assistance
in any disaster in the Detroit area.
An emergency radio truck, donated by the Dodge Division of Chrysler
Corporation, serves as a mobile unit for radio station W8GIS. The
mobile unit is equipped with a generator and three complete radio
stations, including a 2-meter teletypewriter. Many East Coast and
Midwest stations have been contacted on the 10-meter band transmitter.
Interior of mobile unit. Joe Gardella (left)
operates 2-meter teletype while Gus Undy (right) vice-president
of Multi-Products Co., donor of radio equipment. operates 10-meter
transmitter. Looking on are John Sauer. Fred J. Lamborn. L. J. Purdy,
and Wm. C. Newberg.
The unit has room for five operators in the 1272 foot body. The
6', 4" headroom permits tall operators to stand erect. A heating
unit keeps the truck comfortable in cold weather.
The Club has built 104 "walkie-talkie" type units at a cost of
about $25 each for use with the mobile unit and in other communications
Members of the club are trained and ready to provide vital aid
in any emergency or disaster in the Detroit area. They work closely
with the Office of Civilian Defense and the American Red Cross in
John Sauer, a Dodge employee, is coordinator on the mobile unit
for the ARRL. His car is also equipped so that it can work in conjunction
with the mobile unit. END
Posted July 1, 2011