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Electronics-Themed Comics
December 1964 Radio-Electronics

December 1964 Radio-Electronics

December 1964 Radio-Electronics Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

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

It's been a while since I posted a new set of electronics-themed comics from vintage magazines. These three appeared in a 1964 issue of Radio-Electronics. The page 37 comic shows the wife asking a presumably inane question, but in fact there were duo-whatever vacuum tubes that were the inclusion of a pair of single tube types, usually with a 12.6 V heater voltage. A well-known example is the 12AX7, which is essentially a pair of 6AV6 triode tubes. Besides that, there was both a 6SN7 and a 12SN(X)7 tube, the former with a 6.3 V heater and the latter with a 12.6 V heater. Here's a question for you: What is that thing on the floor to the right of the box of vacuum tubes in the page 37 comic?*  The page 72 comic is not so far-fetched. I have no doubt that somewhere in the world - multiple places and times, likely - people have heated or cooked something in front of a microwave communications dish.

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Electronics-Themed Comics (p37), December 1964 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

"No 12SN7, Dear, How about two 6SN7's instead?"
Page 37

Electronics-Themed Comics (p45), December 1964 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

"No, it's not a printed circuit, I backed over it in the garage."
Page 45

Electronics-Themed Comics (p72), December 1964 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

Page 72



Posted March 18, 2024




* Answer: Probably a screwdriver, but possibly a tube puller.

These Technically−Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines. I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized some).

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