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    Kirt Blattenberger,

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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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Electronics-Themed Comics
June 1954 Radio-Electronics Article

June 1954 Radio-Electronics

June 1954 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.

Here for your enjoyment are a few more tech-themed comics from a vintage Radio-Electronics magazine. Television antenna installations and stereophonic audio systems were a big deal back in the day, so lots of comics were centered on the themes. Everything was new and mystical, and ownership of a top-end TV or stereo was a real sign of influence and/or savvy. The comic from page 96 is actually an advertisement for Jensen phonograph needles, which of course were key components to the aforementioned stereo systems. Lost on Millennials (not their fault) and later is probably the allusion to how the bedraggled couple needing to resort to a Flintstones-style (also likely unfamiliar to Millennials) record player are from communist Russia (or U.S.S.R. if you prefer), and could not enjoy the simple niceties afforded by capitalistic societies like America.

Electronics-Themed Comics

Electronics-Themed Comics (p36), June 1954 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

"This is the Smith's antenna; the other is the Harrison's antenna to avoid confusion."
Page 36

Electronics-Themed Comics (p96), June 1954 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

"In America even the workers can buy Jensen needles."
(This is actually a Jensen phonograph needle advertisement)
Page 96

Electronics-Themed Comics (p97), June 1954 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

"One thousand cycles to set level - awk. One thousand cycles to set level."
Page 97

Electronics-Themed Comics (p121), June 1954 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

" "My hi-fi system arrived today, but they sent a corner enclosure for the speaker."
Page 121

 

 

Posted March 31, 2021

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