1996 - 2016
BSEE - KB3UON
RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The Internet was still largely an unknown entity at the time and not much was available in the form of WYSIWYG ...
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August 1937 Radio-Craft[Table of Contents]
People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history of early electronics. Radio-Craft was published from 1929 through 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged. See all articles from Radio-Craft.
Most of the earliest automobile radios had the electronics mounted in a metal box separate from the dashboard tuning dial. The bulk and weight prevented colocation. This 1937-vintage Ford-Philco radio is one for which I was able to locate a couple examples for sale on eBay. One claims to be fully functional and the other is in pretty rough shape. If your era car or truck came without a radio and you would like to finally upgrade, this is your opportunity ;-)
Posted June 21, 2016
Radio Service Data Sheets
These schematics, tuning instructions, and other data are reproduced from my collection of vintage radio and electronics magazines. As back in the era, similar schematic and service info was available for purchase from sources such as SAMS Photofacts, but these printings were a no-cost bonus for readers. There are 156 Radio Service Data Sheets as of December 6, 2016.