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December 1966 Popular Electronics

December 1966 Popular Electronics

December 1966 Popular Electronics Cover - RF CafeTable of Contents

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Popular Electronics, published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

NASA Apollo 11: Owners' Workshop Manual - RF CafeLooking forward is essential for the advancement of technology, but looking backward to see from whence we came is beneficial as well. That is why I post so many article from vintage tech magazines. Not only does familiarizing yourself [hopefully] help prevent making the same mistakes over again, but it give you an appreciation for the sacrifices and innovations that paved the way to the current state of the art. The same argument can be made for social sciences and politics. Unlike social scientists and politicians, technologists do actually learn from the past. What caught my attention in this "Zero-Beating the News" feature in a 1966 issue of Popular Electronics was the photo of IBM engineers integrating and testing the electronics equipment in a Saturn V rocket body section. I first saw that picture in the NASA Apollo 11: Owners' Workshop Manual, published by Haynes (the auto repair manual folks).

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Tom Thumb Weather Station - RF CafeTom Thumb Weather Station - With its state-of-the-art accuracy in measuring basic weather variables, the AN/TMQ-22 Meteorological Measuring Set made for the U.S. Army by Cambridge Systems, Inc., is said to be the most advanced portable weather unit to go into the field to date. One man can set it up in less than 5 minutes.

Hot Static Cooler - RF CafeHot Static Cooler - Tremendous heat and tiny particles in rocket exhausts often produce communications-blanketing static. This giant octagonal ring, developed by Lockheed Propulsion, is used to study these effects in an effort to design rockets that do not generate static.


Rehabaphone - RF Cafe"Rehabaphone" - Among the unusual equipment designed by General Telephone and Electronics Corp. are dials in Braille for the blind, telephones that answer themselves for the paralyzed, and telephones in oversized booths at convenient heights for wheelchair patients. Shown above is the "Rehabaphone" which requires only a slight pressure on a switch for dialing.


Largest weather radar system - RF CafeWorld's Largest - The largest weather radar system ever to be placed aboard a ship is installed on the "Ryofu-Maru." The system was designed and built for the Japanese Ministry of Transportation by Toshiba, and it incorporates many new features, one of which is a device that maintains desired antenna angle, compensating for pitching and rolling in heavy seas.


 - RF CafeMultiplexed Teacher - Educasting Systems, Inc., has developed a new method by which educational programs are multiplexed on one regular FM or CATV channel. Four separate supersonic subchannels which correspond to the choices of answers make it possible for the student to press one of the four buttons on a special Sylvania-built receiver to indicate his answer. If a wrong answer is selected, the correct answer is given plus the reasoning behind it


 - RF CafeSaturn Sandwich to Go - The more than 60 component parts which make up an Instrument Unit are assembled and hung inside 3'·thick slices of a Saturn rocket The slices are fitted between the propulsion stage and the payload. The Instrument Unit will guide a Saturn vehicle on a suborbital flight. IBM engineers and technicians check the slices out prior to delivery to Cape Kennedy.



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