Archived Radio Materials


National Radio Institute Home-Study Course (1929 - 1930)

In the first decade of the last century, the National Radio Institute, located in Washington, D.C., began selling a home-study course called the Complete Course in Practical Radio. People all over the country learned about the new exciting field of radio in their own homes. Now you can too and everything is on just one CD. Click on the link above to see the contents of the CD.

Multiple National Radio Institute Home Study Courses plus Extras (1927 - 1930)

This CD contains the above mentioned home-study course (1929-1930) as well as an earlier course (1927-1928) and also includes some very early information, schematics, and troubleshooting tips on receivers from the late 1920's and early 1930's and more.  Click on the link above to see the contents of the CD.

Eleven Years of Service Magazines (1931-1942)

Every radio serviceman who was really serious about keeping up with the rapid changes taking place in the industry needed to subscribe to Service magazine.  As the title implies, the magazine was focused on providing information for the radio service man. The scope of the magazine goes beyond just radio data though. Other topics covered are public address, refrigeration, short waves, phonographs, facsimile, and later, television, and association news. Yes, fax machines in the thirties! Now you can browse through 136 issues of the magazine on disc.  Click on the link above for details!

175 Radio Retailing Magazines Spanning 17 Years (1929-1945)

Radio Retailing Magazine has been long considered the Holy Grail of radio magazines. They are highly prized by radio collectors today. Much of the information in radio collector's books and price guides has been taken from them. Historians, as well as collectors, can get a good grasp of the development of the radio industry by perusing them. Look up your 1938 Airline radio and see how it was introduced to the industry, what models were available, what new features it sported, the selling price, and more!

Mallory Encyclopedia (1946) Fifth-Edition

Another great resource for people who like to repair old tube-type radios. This 479 page book has listings of over 28,000 different receivers from the earliest up to the spring of 1942 (all pre-war sets). Quickly find the numbers and types of tubes in your radio, Rider page number, original capacitor values, IF frequencies, Mallory replacement part numbers, etc. A nice quick reference book to have.

Rider's Automatic Record Changers and Recorders (1941)

Now, Rider's Automatic Record Changers and Recorders is on CD. The entire book (723 pages!) is contained on one CD, scanned at 300 dpi so that you won't be straining your eyes to read the fine print, photographs, lists, diagrams, and schematics.

Ghirardi's Radio Troubleshooter's Handbook (1943)

Case histories of common trouble symptoms and remedies for 4,820 different radios, including auto radios and record changers. The rest of the book contains many charts, tables, formulae, lists, etc. You'll wonder how you ever got along without it!

Understanding Schematic Diagrams; The Complete Guide to Reading Schematic Diagrams

Two books (375 pages total) dedicated to helping those who would like to learn to read schematic diagrams. The focus is on both vacuum-tube and transistor circuits. I’ve put the two books onto one CD so that information you can’t get from one, you can get from the other.

Radio Electronic Television Schools Electronics Instruction Course (1961)

This is a complete study course; the subject of which is electronics with a focus on the vacuum-tube radio. The course was used by R.E.T.S. (Radio Electronic Television Schools) in 1961. R.E.T.S. had schools in several locations around the country.


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