February 1953 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.
This news tidbit appeared in a
1953 issue of Radio-Electronics along with an editorial by Hugo Gernsback titled
RCA had just developed its first fully solid state - except for the cathode ray tube
(CRT) - television. Note that at the time the CRT was still often referred to as a
kinescope. In fact,
the word "kinescope" was coined and trademarked by RCA, so they had a vested interest
in perpetuating its usage.
Jerry Herzog, shown in the photo, was one of the engineers
responsible for the design and construction of the television.
All-Transistor TV Receiver Shown by RCA
Tubeless-except for its 5-inch kinescope - this
all-transistor portable TV receiver was one of the highlights of the recent RCA symposium
on transistor progress. Some of the 22-odd experimental plug-in transistors which replace
tubes throughout the set can be seen above the hand of RCA engineer Gerald B. Herzog.
No larger than a portable typewriter, the experimental one-channel battery-operated receiver
gives good pictures at a range of 5 miles on its built-in loop, and at 15 miles on a
"rabbit-ears" antenna. The set weighs 27 pounds.
Posted August 15, 2018