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April 1932 QST Article

April 1932 QST

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from QST, published December 1915 - present (visit ARRL for info). All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Not everyone is into radio history, so items like this advertisement for Sparton Radio's Model 60 Short-Wave Receiver which appeared in the April 1932 issue of QST will not invoke much or any interest. On the other hand, there is a large contingent of hobbyists and professionals who enjoy seeing these historical snapshots of the places from whence we have come technically. Products like radios, kitchen appliances, automobiles, etc., were constructed very robustly with metal, wood, and fabric. No cheap plastic will be found anywhere, but maybe not for the reason you think - plastic as we know it today had not entered the commercial marketplace yet. In fact, many "modern" plastic formulas and processes were a closely held military secrets until the end of World War II.

Sparton Model 60 Short-Wave Converter Radio Advertisement

Spartan Model 60 Short-Wave Converter Radio Advertisement, April 1932 QST - RF CafeWorld-Wide Reception with true Sparton Quality and Performance

No Coils or Connections to Change

With the new Sparton Model 60 Short-Wave Converter you can transform and standard AC broadcast receiver into a short-wave Superheterodyne by simply plugging into light socket and connecting the aerial and ground wires.

There are no coils to plug in or take out. Frequency changes are made automatically by the Sparton Band Selector Switch, permitting rapid selections of the frequency band desired.

Long experience and outstanding success on the development of short-wave receivers for police work was of great value to Sparton engineers in producing the new Sparton Short-Wave Converter and the new Sparton Multi-Wave sets.

Sparton Automobile Radio has been adopted by more police departments than any other make. And these new Multi-Wave Spartons are certain to be the first choice of discriminating radio listeners who demand true Sparton quality and performance in both long and short wave reception.

The Sparks-Withington Company

(Established in 1900)

Jackson, Michigan, U.S.A.

Only Sparton has the Musical Beauty of Sparton

 

 

Posted November 10, 2021(original 4/30/2013)

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