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Pocket Radios Will Soon be As Common As Wrist-Watches

Your correspondent A. R. Hobden, who alleges that “there is now a large section of the population unable to receive medium -wave transmissions which the local stations are intending using during daylight hours,” need not worry, for pocket medium-wave receivers will soon be as common as wrist watches.” So, 55 years ago started a letter in Electronics Weekly’s edition of ...

Singin’ In The Rain

An umbrella with a one transistor radio built inside the shaft has been developed by the Maruko Industrial Company of Nihonbashi Chuo-ku, Tokyo. So, 55 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of March 22nd 1961 The story continues: The radio operates on a three volt dry battery and uses the umbrella shaft and ribs as an aerial. ...

Practical Use For Lasers Found

The first-known practical application of lasers has now been announced by Hughes Aircraft in Culver City, US. So, 55 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of March 22nd 1961. The story continues: An experimental radar system weighing about 25 to 30lbs and named Colidar (coherent light detection and ranging) has been built. It is a pulsed system ...

Britain Leads World In New Phase Of Aircraft Operation

The British autoland programme is now taking shape. Electronics companies have some orders – equipment is being manufactured, target dates have been given. Britain is now in an unchallenged position as leader in this important new phase of aircraft operation. So, 56 years ago, started a story in EW’s edition of September 14th 1960. The story continues: Complete automatic landing ...

Keeping The Birds At Bay

  Worldwide interest has been created by the airfield bird dispersal  system “Sappho,” being developed by The Trix Electrical Co.Ltd  in collaboration with the Ministry of Aviation. The system utilizes specially recorded bird alarm and  distress calls. So, 56 years ago, started a story in EW’s edition of September 14th 1960 The story continues: Recordings of about twelve different birds ...

4,000 Successful Automatic Plane Landings Using BLEU

“Development is well in hand on autoland systems,” Dr B .J. O’Kane, chairman of the Aviation Committee of the Electronic Engineering Association, said at a press conference at Farnborough, “the autoflare system represents the first step. The fail-safe philosophies vary according to the firm undertaking the work.” So, 56 years ago, started a story in EW’s edition of September 14th ...

Routemasters To Be Transistorised

  The new ABC Routemaster buses for London Transport are to  be  fitted  with  an AC generator  set giving a 100 per cent transistorised system of control. So, 56 years ago, started a story in EW’s edition of September 15th 1960. The story continues: The equipment  is  made by Simms Motor Units Ltd., of East Finchley, who claim to be ...

The Pursuit Of Purity

The difficult and dangerous task of producing ultra-pure phosphorus has been the subject of extensive investigations in the for research laboratories of L. Light and Co. Ltd., Colnbrook, Bucks. So, 56 years ago, started a story in EW’s edition of September 7th 1960 The story continues: After many setbacks, techniques metals, have been perfected which enable both red and white ...

Proliferation Of Isotope Uses

More than 500 scientists from the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 70 member countries are attending a  conference on the use of radioisotopes in the physical sciences and industry. So, 56 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of September 7th 1960. The story continues: The conference, which opened on Tuesday, is being held by the Agency at the ...

Wharfedale Founder, Author and Technologist

“I like the classics.” said Mr. G.A. Briggs, sound reproduction specialist, best-selling author and loudspeaker manufacturer, when I spoke to him last week. Favourite composers are Bach. Handel and Mozart, and he is a pianist in his own right but only as a hobby. So, 54 years ago, started and interview in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 5th 1961. The story ...