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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
May 1956 Radio-Electronics

May 1956 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.

Here are a couple more technology-themed comics that appeared in the May 1956 issue of Radio-Electronics magazine. Both are indicative of the issues commonly encountered in the day. The era was during the transition between vacuum tubes and semiconductors, but inhabitants of either can understand and appreciate the humor. The comic from page 52 does require you to be familiar with the copper oxide or selenium type of rectifier that spanned both eras. Otherwise, you might wonder what the funny-looking hat on the guy's head is (hint - it's not a hat). The 1950s was also a time of transition from electromagnetic speaker magnets to iron magnets, so AC hum in radios could get in not just through the audio circuits but also through the speaker itself. The page 126 comic addresses that issue.

Electronics-Themed Comics

Electronics-Themed Comics (p52), May 1956 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

"Now then, how long have you been a half-wave rectifier?"
Page 52

Electronics-Themed Comics (p126), May 1956 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

"Well, you shouldn't have any more trouble with that 0.0001-μf bypass. I put in an overrated replacement."
Page 126

 

 

Posted April 26, 2022


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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