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RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps while tying up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got Mail" when a new message arrived...

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Electronics-Themed Comics
September 1953 Radio- Electronics

September 1953 Radio-Electronics

September 1953 Radio-Electronics Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Electronics, published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

As usual, "getting" the message in some of these vintage electronics-themed comics requires at least a passing familiarity with the state of technology and public mindset of the day. However, in most cases appreciating the humor and/or irony is possible without it. This group of six comics appeared in a 1953 issue of Radio−Electronics magazine. The first comic is a good example of needing some insider information. Back when commercial television was broadcast over the air from giant towers, multipath of the signal, particularly in urban areas, often created a situation where the difference in arrival time of the signal at the TV viewer's location caused more than one version of the picture to be displayed, slightly offset from each other. Usually one signal was much stronger that the other(s) so it dominated, and the others sort of trailed behind the image movement, creating what came to be called a "ghost." Now you know. BTW, the solution was not to take the television set in for repair because the problem was caused by either non-optimal antenna location, improper antenna pointing, or an antenna with not enough directionality to adequately reject signals arriving from off-axis directions.


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"I Keep Getting People!"

Suggested by Pfc. D. Holdsworth, Fort Monmouth, N. J. " Page 41

Electronics Comic "Don't mention fringe area again - Rodney is very sensitive!" - RF Cafe

"Don't mention fringe area again - Rodney is very sensitive!" Page 44

Electronics Comic "I'm afraid it's time we transferred you out of television, Ferguson." - RF Cafe

"I'm afraid it's time we transferred you out of television, Ferguson." Page 59

Electronics Comic "It plays only when the plug is out!" - RF Cafe

"It plays only when the plug is out!" Page 84

Electronics Comic Hmph! A man buys a radio, in good faith" - RF Cafe

"Hmph! A man buys a radio, in good faith - and first thing you know the company goes out of business!" Page 116

Electronics Comic "I think I found the trouble lady." - RF Cafe

"I think I found the trouble lady." Page 123



Posted October 13, 2021

These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines. I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized some).

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