April 1952 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.
electronics-themed comics appeared in the April 1952 issue of
Radio-Electronics magazine. For those of you not around during the analog
over-the-air broadcast era that existed prior to the industry-wide switchover to
all digital transmissions, "snow" is the noise on the video portion of the
composite signal. In areas of weak signals, the snow could make the channel
unusable. It was a big problem for a lot of people, especially those with a poor
TV receiver, an underrated antenna, an antenna without a rotator for pointing in
the direction of the strongest signal (not necessarily directly toward the
broadcast tower), poor lead-in cable, or in a location too far away from the TV
station or in an area blocked by obstacles. The equivalent of snow in the
digital signal world is the broken up, pixelated display when your signal is
low. I think the comic on page 64 is really clever, although it might trigger a
snowflake (whilst on the subject of snow in two of the other comics) out there
who happens to see it.
"Still too much snow, Joe." Suggested by F. McCarvill, Medford,
"Look, it says WOW every time she walks through!"
Suggested by Leslie Boisen, Indianapolis, Ind.
Suggested by Dan Koerner, New York, N. Y.
Posted June 15, 2022