Saturday 5 July 2014

Vintage Radio Reading

I really love old radio magazines, especially those from the 30's, but to purchase any original copies today is very costly. If you grew up in the 50's or earlier and became hooked by the magic of radio as I and thousands of other kids did, then you no doubt recall the plethora of great monthly magazines devoted to 'radio'. 

Now, thanks to, most of those great old hobby magazines of the past can be viewed online and enjoyed once again.
Just a few of the many magazines available are: Radio Craft, Short Wave Radio, Radio, Radio World, White's Radio Log, Popular Radio, Popular Electronics and Radio Amateur News, later to become Radio News.

As a pre-teen short-wave listener in the late 50's, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the latest edition of Popular Electronics, stuffed with its latest SW broadcast news, frequency lists and DX stories.

I'm not sure if all of this is the organizational work of just one person (Webmaster David Gleason) or of a larger group, but it is an incredibly rich resource that has been made freely available for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks to David Gleason's work, I always have several of my favorite classics downloaded to my I-Pad's bookshelf for offline reading. With hundreds of recent updates this spring, there appears to be a lifetime of vintage reading now available!

As a builder of vintage-style radios, particularly transmitters, I can often find new inspiration from the magazines particularly devoted to ham radio. If your workshop library is lacking in vintage reference material, you need look no further than this site for a vast source of building inspiration....transmitters of all description along with receivers from crystal tuners to complex multi-tube designs.

So many of these early publications were the brainchild of Hugo Gernsback, a prolific writer and editor of both technical and science fiction magazines but sometimes blurring the boundaries of each! I suspect that his wide variety of radio publications had some significant role in the way radio so quickly transformed the world.
Even in the 50's, long after the 'golden years' of radio, it was not uncommon to still see radio antennas on most houses, at least in my neighbourhood!

If you haven't visited this wonderful resource yet, I'm sure you will be amazed at what you find.


David Gleason F. said...

Thanks for the great review of the site. To answer your question, the site is a one-trick-pony affair done by one person. But the files and backups are shared in three locations with other radio professionals. And much of the content has been provided via donations or loans of publications.

Steve McDonald said... is me who should be thanking you for your wonderful resource! There is enough reading there for a lifetime of inspirational building projects! Thank you for you kind comments as well.


XQ2DWO said...

Read his blog, chapter by chapter, has been a great pleasure and a source of knowledge. A big hug from Chile.

Anonymous said...

it is a great site for old electronic magazine just a shame most of the scans are missing the old advisements
as I love to se what was for sale and the prices

Steve McDonald said...

What magazines are you referring to? All of the numerous radio ones I have looked at are complete from cover-to-cover.

Chris Litton said...

Thank you for creating this great resource!