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Antenna Orientation
March 1965 Popular Electronics

March 1965 Popular Electronics

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Popular Electronics, published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

Electronics-themed comics are usually saved for Fridays, but what the hey; maybe you need some humor on Monday this week. They appeared in a 1965 issue of Popular Electronics magazine. At least three of these antenna-based comics required a harder look to determine what was happening and why it is humorous. One of those even requires a little technical insight to "get it." To see my take on the comics, highlight the text below:

1) Ox being used to rotate the radar antenna.

2) Boat's direction finding radio antenna being used to locate lost truck

3) Simple "rabbit ears" antenna amidst a sea of high gain multi-element antennas

4) Tunnel overhead clearance limits 1/4-wave antenna height to ~12 feet (for 21 MHz wavelength)

Antenna Orientation

By Rodrigues

Ox being used to rotate radar antenna - RF CafeBoat's direction finding radio antenna being used to locate lost car - RF Cafe   Simple "rabbit ears" antenna amidst a sea of high gain multielement antennas - RF CafeTunnel overhead clearance limits 1/4-wave antenna height to ~12 feet (21 MHz wavelength) - RF Cafe



Posted August 14, 2023
(updated from original post on 6/26/2018)

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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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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