Very High Frequency Techniques

Philip Miller Tate Philmt59 at
Wed Oct 17 04:19:49 CDT 2007

It is a sad side-effect of the burgeoning knowledge base that such  
elegant design techniques have often become almost lost, replaced  
(but not necessarily superseded) by "modern equivalent" technology  
that may be easier to mass-produce, but necessarily do such a good  
job - a similar situation is where (passive) high Q tuned circuits  
have been commonly replaced by (active) filters and amplifiers to  
reproduce the same performance.

Thank goodness for the combination of open-minded enthusiasts who  
keep an eye on the past, plus that brilliant 14th-century passive  
information storage-and-retrieval technology that is compatible with  
the world's top operating system, the brain. It's called "the book".  
Brilliant. I'm not ashamed to be an enthusiastic collector of these  
historic IT devices myself.

Whenever I go to Hamvention (as Frank will attest), I hunt for old  
transistor circuit books. Not old IC circuit books, note - unless  
they're all 741 and 555 circuits, I can't build them. Older  
transistor books are still useful, though - and neon bulb oscillators  
have dozens of applications.

My tuppence worth.

Phil M1GWZ (ham radio - like mobile telephone, but more fun.)

On 17 Oct 2007, at 02:18, Frank Gentges wrote:

> Tacoistas,
> I had the good fortune to run across and acquire a pair of books
> entitled "Very High Frequency Techniques" dated 1947.  These books
> collected a lot of the information developed about CW (as opposed to
> pulse) signals during WW2.  It was authored by a number of people but
> was compiled and edited by Herbert J Reich.

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