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Huge Resource for Vintage Data Books and Textbooks

RCA Power Transistor Applications Manual ( - RF CafeIt was not all that long ago when virtually everything you bought was NOT designed to be thrown away when it broke. Back when integrated circuits (ICs), resistors, and capacitors had wire leads and cases were held together with straight-slot and Phillips head screws rather than the microminiature 'security' type screws, it was possible for the able and willing repairman to troubleshoot and repair a device or appliance. Now, in a world that bombards us with admonitions against not being green, practically everything is meant to be thrown away after use - from cellphones and televisions to clothing and the vast quantity of cardboard and Styrofoam packaging that contains our disposable goods.

For those of us who lived during the aforementioned times and/or those who dabble in vintage electronics either for hobby or for career necessity, access to data books can sometimes mean the difference between repairing and reusing a piece of equipment or relegating it to the same refuse mountain that modern goods inhabit. Many such references can be found on eBay and various electronics forums, but prices can be high.

Fortunately, there are good Samaritans like Arthur Missira who are on a mission to make as many such resources available to the public at no charge (more than 1,500 volumes to date). Mr. Missira wrote to me recently (apologies to him for taking so long to relay the news) saying he has been scanning and uploading reams and reams of data book pages and technical text books onto the website. In order to avoid copyright issues, he has either received permission to replicate the material or relied on copyright dated prior to 1978 having expired. I have not attempted to interpret the laws of the United States Patent and Copyright Office (USPTO) regarding copyright law, but some legal beagle reading this is welcome to chime in with an opinion or statement of fact. See also Duration of Copyright and Copyright Basics for more information.

Unfortunately, catalogs for most of the very familiar microwave components companies do not seem to be available yet at, either because nobody has bothered to upload them yet, or because for some reason the companies (or their new owners) object to their copyrighted material being placed in the public domain. A few names that come to mind from when I first entered the RF / microwave engineering realm in the mid 1980s are Avantek (bought by HP, now Agilent), Anzac (bought by M/A-COM, then AMP, now Tyco), Amplifonix (bought by Spectrum Microwave), Celeritek (bought by Mimix), Cougar (bought by Teledyne), Continental Microwave (bought by Chelton, now Cobham DES), FSY Microwave (bought by Spectrum Microwave), KDI/Triangle (bought by Aeroflex), and Watkins Johnson (bought by Stellex, now TriQuint). This info was found in the "Where Are They Now?" article in the December 2011 Microwave & RF magazine. None of those companies' catalogs are listed according to my search.

There are, however, plenty of catalogs and data books for analog and digital components from companies like  RCA, Philips, General Instrument, etc. Additionally, there is a huge number of technical books, repair manuals, and other resources available. The best thing to do is go to the website and try a few searches.

Here are a few of the thousands of examples:

1978 RCA Linear IC Catalog ( - RF Cafe Exar Function Generator Data Book ( - RF CafeEarly Radio Wave Detectors ( - RF CafeMullard Technical Handbook ( - RF CafeTelevision Servicing Volume 1 ( - RF Cafe

Introduction to High Energy Physics ( - RF CafeThe Handling of Experimental Data ( - RF CafeEngineering Optics ( - RF CafeSiemens Analog Integrated Circuits Data Book ( - RF CafeMotorola Small Signal Transistor Data Book ( - RF Cafe

Circuit Design for Audio, AM, FM and TV ( - RF CafeElectronic Structure Properties and the Periodic Law ( - RF CafeLinear Algebra ( - RF CafeMatrices: Pure and Applied ( - RF CafeLow Noise Electronics ( - RF Cafe

Posted  September 23, 2013

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