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March 1960 Electronics World

March1960 Electronics World

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Electronics World, published May 1959 - December 1971. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Although Heathkit is probably the most familiar line of build-it-yourself electronics products running from about the late 1950s through the 1980s, there were others. Allied Electronics, under the brand name of Allied Radio, had a line of "knight-kits" (many of which can be bought on eBay) that included oscilloscopes, multimeters, stereo amplifiers, signal generators, citizen band radios, amateur radio transmitters and receivers, AM/FM radios, vacuum tube test sets, audio and RF generators, and much more. In the days before just about everything electronic was manufactured in China by poor souls getting paid practically nothing for longs hours of work, it was often cheaper to buy and assemble a kit than to buy a ready-to-use equivalent item. It is always interesting to plug prices from vintage magazine ads into the Inflation Calculator on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website to see what the cost would be in today's dollars. The Deluxe 40-Watt Stereo Amplifier Kit that cost $79.50 in March of 1960 would cost about $694 in 2019. That's an inflation factor of 8.7x.

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Allied Radio Knight-Kits  Citizen Band Radio, March 1960 Electronics World - RF Cafenewest knight-kits ... years ahead


Y-774D   $79.50   $5 down

Finest hi-fi stereo amplifier you can buy in money-saving kit form. Features special full-frequency range, extra center-channel output for 3·speaker systems. Dual built-in equalized preamps accommodate every existing sound source; exceptional control versatility, including single knob channel balance and separate dual concentric tone controls for each channel. Outputs for stereo tape recording. Exclusive printed circuit switches and plug-in units for easy assembly. Custom-styled in Cordovan gray vinyl plastic bonded to steel; Desert Beige and Sand Gold extruded solid aluminum escutcheon; 4 1/8" x 15 1/2" x 11 1/4" Shpg. wt. 24 lbs.

Model Y-774D. 40-Watt Stereo Amplifier Kit.     $5 down


all-new knight-kits citizens band transceivers ... 2-way radio everyone can afford


Y-712D   $79.95   $5 down

A high-sensitivity do-it-yourself transceiver for efficient, economical 2-way radiotelephone communication. Any citizen, 18 or older, can get a license - no exam required. For mobile or stationary use. Covers up to 20 miles, depending on antenna height and terrain. Works just like an intercom, with talk-listen operation. Receiver is sensitive superhet; tunes all channels continuously. 5-watt transmitter section. Built-in AC power supply. With transmitting crystal (available for any channel from 1 to 22-specify preference) and doublet antenna. Extras available: Y-723, 6-12 v. DC power supply, $10.95; Y-729 vertical antenna, $6.50; Y-714 mobile mounting bracket, $5.35. Distinctive high-impact styrene case; 5" x 12" x 12". Shpg. wt., 20 lbs.

Model Y-712D. Superhet Transceiver Kit.


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Allied Radio Knight-Kits  Citizen Amateur Radio, March 1960 Electronics World - RF Cafe


Y-611D   $285.00   (less preamps)

For the first time in easy-to-build kit form-a triggered sweep DC precision quality lab scope with plug-in interchangeable vertical amplifiers (IVA). Brilliantly engineered with an impressive array of {less preamps} professional features, including: crystal-controlled timing markers; DC amplifiers in both horizontal and vertical channels; electronically regulated power supply; sweep timing adjustable to 1%; built-in voltage regulated peak-to-peak calibrator. Three interchangeable vertical preamplifiers are available: high-gain differential, $35.95; wide-band (to 10 mc), $24.95; dual-trace, $48.95. There is no other instrument like this in kit form-here is laboratory precision quality and reliability at far less than the cost of any comparable factory-built unit. Shpg. wt. 50 lbs.

Model Y-611D.   Lab DC Scope Kit.   $10 down


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Y-716D   $395.00   400-Watt CW Transmitter

Truly the "dream" transmitter - has what it takes to punch out a $QRM-busting SSB, AM, or CW signal. 600 watts P.E.P. input on SSB; 400 watts on AM and CW. Covers 80, 40, 20, 10, and 15 or 400-Wall CW 6 meter bands. Start with the basic CW kit - then add AM and SSB Transmitter accessory units and other "add-ins" whenever you wish. Has heterodyne VFO to assure a signal which "stays put." Tremendous 14" dial is precision-calibrated for all bands, 80 through 6 meters. SSB features: front panel controls-VOX, anti-trip and adjustable speech compression. Smooth, chirpless screen-clamp keying, plus VFO keying for complete CW break-in. Has 7034/4X150A final - coasts along well within its CCS ratings; silicon rectifier power supply runs cool. Dozens of advanced features put this job in a class all its own. Shpg. wt. 140 lbs.

Model Y-716D   T-400 CW Transmitter Kit   $10 down



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