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May 1964 Radio-Electronics

May 1964 Radio-Electronics

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

Lottie Williams with space debris - RF Cafe6AV11 GE Compactron Three Triode 12-Pin - RF CafeHere we go with four more electronics-themed comics, this time from the May 1964 issue of Radio-Electronics magazine. Man-made satellites were a relatively new phenomenon, so they were fair game for ridicule. A lot of people were afraid of a satellite falling from orbit and crashing through their roofs or strike them down on the golf course. In the ensuing 66 years since Sputnik was launched in 1957, as far as we know Lottie Williams, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the only person ever to have been confirmed to have been hit by a piece of satellite debris. Another comic makes fun of the trend in the day of vacuum tubes being designed with an ever-increasing number of pins. The pin counts on most tubes were typically between 4 and 8. A diode tube had two pins for the heater element and one each for the cathode and anode, for a total of 4. A duotriode like the 12AT7 sported 8 pins. The 6AV11 Compactron Three Triode contained 3 triodes (a triotriode) and had 12 pins, three for each triode, two for the heater, and one N/C. Some cathode ray tubes (CRTs) had 14 or more pins. Attempts were made to build vacuum tube integrated circuits which incorporated discrete components, and used pins for connecting external components for customizing the functions, similar to how modern ICs are configured.

Electronics-Themed Comics

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"... Signal is getting stronger!"
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"Twenty-seven pins!"
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"... and the resonance point will occur somewhere on the third floor..."
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Posted July 17, 2023

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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