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Kirt Blattenberger - RF Cafe Webmaster

Copyright: 1996 - 2024
    Kirt Blattenberger,


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 typing up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got Mail" when a new message arrived...

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Electronics-Themed Comics
March, April, July, and August 1958 Radio-Electronics Article

January 1958 Radio-Electronics

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Electronics, published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Being a great appreciator of good humor, and especially technology-related humor, I made sure to scan these comics from the pages of vintage Radio-Electronics magazines. You might have to have lived through the era of televisions with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) to fully appreciate the frustration of trying to acceptably grab, align, define, sharpen, tone, and lock an over-the-air broadcast signal on track*. Stories of people putting feet or baseball bats through the sets were a big source of situational humor. 

* RCA's "ColorTrak" system advertising pitch.

Electronics-Themed Comics

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (July page 42) - RF Cafe

July 1958, Page 42

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (July page 46) - RF Cafe

July 1958, Page 46
"We've had so much trouble with this set that my husband installed that permanent mirror!"

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (July page 48) - RF Cafe

July 1958, Page 48

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (August page 45) - RF Cafe

August 1958, Page 45

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (March page 122) - RF Cafe

March 1958, Page 122
"How do you like my pillow-speaker?"

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (April page 105) - RF Cafe

April 1958, Page 105
"Looks to me like either a bad short or a capacitor on the blink!"

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (April page 133) - RF Cafe

April 1958, Page 133

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (April page 136) - RF Cafe

April 1958, Page 136



Posted May 26, 2014

These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines:

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