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 World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at
the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps
while tying up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got
Mail" when a new message arrived...
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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.
Being a great appreciator of good humor, and
especially technology-related humor, I made sure to scan these electronics-related
comics from the pages of vintage Radio-Electronics magazines. You might
have to have lived through the era of televisions with cathode ray tubes (CRTs)
to fully appreciate the frustration of trying to acceptably grab, align, define,
sharpen, tone, and lock an over-the-air broadcast signal on track*. Stories of people
putting feet or baseball bats through the sets were a big source of situational
* RCA's "ColorTrak" system advertising pitch.
July 1958, Page 42
July 1958, Page 46
"We've had so much trouble with this set
that my husband installed that permanent mirror!"
"Does that answer your question regarding the high-voltage
July 1958, Page 48
"That reminds me, I've got an FM alignment on the bench.
August 1958, Page 45
"How do you like my pillow-speaker?"
March 1958, Page 122
"Looks to me like either a bad short or a capacitor on the
April 1958, Page 105
April 1958, Page 133
"Let's see - didn't you put three picture tubes in my set last
April 1958, Page 136
Posted July 20, 2021 (updated from original post on 5/26/2014)
These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines.
I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized