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 Electronics World, published May 1959
- December 1971. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
The January 1969 issue of Electronics World magazine published an extensive list
of Japanese company trade names and their addresses. Many of them went out of business or
were bought by other corporations long ago, as occurs in all countries. I OCRed the company
names, but didn't bother with the addresses. You will see that "Craig" is listed twice, which
appears to be a typo where the first one should
have been "Cardinal." "Aiwa" is also listed twice, but that might have been a legitimate duplication
due to separate locations (BTW, I owned an Aiwa stereo at one time). Aiwa stereo equipment
is now being serviced by Sony according to the Aiwa.com website. My first "real" cassette
tape deck was made by TEAC (founded in 1953 as the Tokyo Electro Acoustic Company) and my first
"real" stereo receiver was made by Sansui. Japan definitely Pioneer-ed (pun intended) some really good stereo
equipment. I remember the line in "Back to the Future 3"
(which, ironically, Melanie and I plan to watch tonight) where
Doc Brown, back in 1858 (where he time-travelled from 1955), makes a disparaging remark about
a circuit failing in the DeLorean (back from the future - 1985) failing because of it being
labeled "Made in Japan." Marty responds, "Waddaya mean Doc? All the best stuff's made in Japan."