December 1954 Popular Electronics
of Contents] People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about
and learning some of the history of early electronics. Popular Electronics
was published from October 1954 through April 1985. All copyrights are hereby
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With such a good response
to the posting of articles from vintage QST
magazines, I figured it would be worth investing in some copies of other electronics-related magazines. People old
and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history of, respectively, early electronics.
Popular Electronics was published from October 1954 through April 1985. I remember reading the magazine back in my
USAF days (1978-1982).
A couple batches of Popular Electronics magazines came up for auction on eBay a week or so ago, and I managed
to snag one set that included the December 1954 issues - Vol. 1, No. 3, the third edition. It also included some
editions from early 1955. Then others stretched into the early 1960s.
Popular Electronics was a hobbyist's
magazine, and was chock full articles on small electronics projects, Ham radio, radio-controlled aircraft
equipment, audio amplifiers, model train control, basic electronics lessons, and useful charts and tables of data.
The editors jumped right on that newfangled transistor thing when it emerged as a commercial product!
is the first installment. As with the QST
vintage model aviation magazines I have posted from, the Popular Electronics articles have been scanned and OCRed
in order to make all the text searchable (just posting a JPG of the page doesn't allow searching). Enjoy.
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Emergency Radio Truck Covers Detroit Area
Dodge officials are thanked by "walkie-talkie" for the truck they donated to Inter County
Amateur Radio Club. Left to right: William C. Newberg. president of the Dodge Div.; Fred J. Lamborn,
vice-president and general manager; L. J. Purdy. vice. president and general manager-trucks; George Wilde, trustee
of the radio club; Al Thomas, communications coordinator of the Detroit CD; Ted Hoffman, Detroit assistant
executive director of the Red Cross; and John Sauer, coordinator for the ARRL of the mobile unit.
A ceaseless vigil is being maintained by members of the Inter County Amateur Radio Club to provide valuable
communications assistance in any disaster in the Detroit area.
An emergency radio truck, donated by the
Dodge Division of Chrysler Corporation, serves as a mobile unit for radio station W8GIS. The mobile unit is
equipped with a generator and three complete radio stations, including a 2-meter teletypewriter. Many East Coast
and Midwest stations have been contacted on the 10-meter band transmitter.
of mobile unit. Joe Gardella (left) operates 2-meter teletype while Gus Undy (right) vice-president of
Multi-Products Co., donor of radio equipment. operates 10-meter transmitter. Looking on are John Sauer. Fred J.
Lamborn. L. J. Purdy, and Wm. C. Newberg.
The unit has room for five operators in the 1272 foot body. The 6', 4" headroom permits tall operators to stand
erect. A heating unit keeps the truck comfortable in cold weather.
The Club has built 104 "walkie-talkie"
type units at a cost of about $25 each for use with the mobile unit and in other communications work.
Members of the club are trained and ready to provide vital aid in any emergency or disaster in the Detroit area.
They work closely with the Office of Civilian Defense and the American Red Cross in the area.
John Sauer, a Dodge employee,
coordinator on the mobile unit for the ARRL. His car is also equipped so that it can work in conjunction with the
mobile unit. END