May 1939 QST
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
QST, published December 1915 - present (visit ARRL
for info). All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) might
be considered as one of the first app developers. At 50¢ and $1 per app, the
price was in-line with one of today's typical not-for-free Apple or Android app.
A user willing to shell out $4 for all six had at his fingertips calculators and
reference tables for capacitive and inductive reactance, resonant frequency, gain
and power, conductor amperage, transformer turns ratio, resistor, capacitor, and
inductor series and parallel combination, and other values. These six apps, dubbed
"Lightning Calculators*," were comprised of bit of cardboard, plastic, and a metal
eyelet, not data bits. Here is a for-real
Type B "Lightning Calculator," graciously provided by Joseph
* "Lightning" meaning lightning fast, not calculators for working out
problems about lightning from the sky.
American Radio Relay League Advertisement
Six Types Solve All Problems
Type A - For problems involving frequency, inductance and capacity,
in design of radio frequency circuits. Direct reading answers for size of coils
and condensers for any range between 400 kc. and 150 mc. Price, $1, postpaid.
Type B - Gives direct reading answers to calculations involving
current, resistance, voltage and power with scale for resistance of copper wire
and scale for calculating decibel gain or loss. Price, $1, postpaid.
Type C - More information on electrical conductors than you
could find in a book full of tables. Price, 50c, postpaid.
Type D - Gives decibel gain or loss when in-put and output voltages,
currents or power are known. Price, 50c, postpaid.
Type E - Direct reading total resistance of resistors connected
in parallel, and total capacity of condensers connected in series. Price, 50c, postpaid
Type F - Permits measurement of resistance, from 1 ohm to 1
megohm by use of a voltmeter. Makes an ohm-meter of your voltmeter. Price, 50c,
American Radio Relay League, Inc., West Hartford, Conn.
Posted May 25, 2022
(updated from original post on 5/18/2016)