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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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February 1941 QST Article

February 1941 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.

Some of us like seeing the old advertisements from vintage era magazines. This Taylor Tubes advertisement from the February 1941 edition of the ARRL's QST magazine is a prime example. Vacuum tubes had a high degree of automation for stamping out internal components, forming the glass shells and evacuation of the air, but they still required human production line operators for assembling the components prior to being encapsulated and sealed. National Instruments hadn't invented LabVIEW yet to run the testing station, so people manually placed the tubes into a board full of sockets for burn-in and testing.

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