Old Stuff – Computers

How can computers be “old stuff”? We’ll see…..

The Home First Computers

This week we take a look at three pioneers in the computer business:

Old Stuff – Reference

Techniques and Projects

Here is a variety of new old stuff that focuses on electronics and radio techniques and projects.

Handbook, Dictionary, and FixIt

For the New Old Stuff for this week, we present some reference materials.

Tubes, Tubes, tubes….

Old Stuff – Broadcasting

All About FM

This week we have a couple of documents from the early 1940’s explaining FM. At this time FM was very, very new. It had the benefit of reducing the noise one would hear on AM. A lot of work went into convincing the world that FM was the way of the future.

1941-All about FM (3 MB)
1941-GE FM Primer (4 MB)

AM Broadcast Transmitters

Some classic (and one BIG) broadcast transmitters.

Raytheon RA-250 Popular with 250 watt small town, low budget stations (1.2 MB)
Bauer 707 Popular with the 1KW day / 250 night stations. Offered as a kit! (2 MB)
Continental 105C A 1,000 KW transmitter! (8 MB)

The Story of Stereo 1960

From 1960 the story of stereo from having two ears to stereo LP’s and FM!
The Story of Stereo 1960 (8 MB)

Old Stuff – Catalogs

Allied Radio Catalogs

PDF of the 1969 Allied Radio Catalog  (50 MB)

Radio Shack Catalogs

So what exactly is a Meissner Signal Shifter? What did it cost? How about a 2 and one half meter transceiver? And where could you buy one in 1946? Guess what? Radio Shack. THEY SOLD RADIOS! And they had a radio shack.
Radio Shack Catalog 1939 (6 MB)
Radio Shack Catalog 1946 (11 MB)
1986 Radio Shack (20 MB)


1968 Lafayette Radio Electronics (16 MB)


1976 Heathkit (71 MB)