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Electric Radio Reviews: 14 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $32
Description: Magazine celebrating a bygone era
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W2RBA Rating: 5/5 May 26, 2002 22:24 Send this review to a friend
Well done  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I heard about Electric Radio while monitoring the 40 and 75 meter AM bands and was naturally curious about it. A few QSOs later, I had the address to send $5 for a sample copy. When it arrived, I was immediately impressed by the careful layout and overall production quality of the little periodical; later, it was the quality of the articles that impressed me. I subscribed. It's a niche product, but if you are interested in the history of radio (with an emphasis on ham radio), you can't afford to be without!
W4PTO Rating: 5/5 May 26, 2002 20:04 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding  Time owned: more than 12 months
If you like boatanchors, then chances are you will LOVE Barry Wiseman's publication "Electric Radio". To date, this is the only U.S monthly periodical dedicated to those radios that "glow in the dark" (the other is "Radio Bygones", a British publication).

Now that the great days of the "tubular iron" have long gone, they are not forgotten. The pinnacle of the golden age of radio technology was celebrated with names like Hammarlund, Hallicrafters, Heathkit, National, Collins, and other famous makes. Many fine examples of old radio craftsmanship can be found in in vintage radio gear that still be had. Electric Radio provides the reader various articles and viewpoints of hams and other folks who have a deep interest in the subject of vacuum tube radios, associated equipment, and the culture that goes along with it. Not a dull month goes by when Barry puts fourth another issue of such a great rag. You find stories on radio restoration, radio product reviews, swap meet news, specialized gathering information (such as the Military Radio Collectors Group or the Collins Collector's Association meets), finds at the Dayton Hamfest, etc. At the rear of the magazine is a section devoted to want ads for vacuum tube radios and services that are an invaluable source of information for those who are looking for parts, equipment, and work for their radio restoration projects.

Again, I highly recommend this mag for your collection. Set aside a special bookshelf for all your copies of ER next to your favorite operating position. You can grab a copy of ER and enjoyably pass the time away while you're awaiting the ping of a carrier from the AM net control operator,
WB6MYL Rating: 4/5 Apr 27, 2002 19:41 Send this review to a friend
Upon Further Review  Time owned: more than 12 months
Electric Radio was here before the internet to provide a common venue so that boat anchor collectors, restorers, and dealers could interact with information on repairs, parts, and the resale of vintage equipment. More than that it has allowed many or us who grew up only knowing the names "Hallicrafters", "National","Collins", and the like, to relive those simpler times of youth in discussing equipment that we grew up with and/or could only dream of owning. The articles are excellent and its neat to look at the pictures of vintage shacks; I have written several articles and my shack was pictured in a past issue. I wouldn't have known about a commercially available product detector for my 51J-4 if it wasn't for ER; I did have an issue with a product that I bought thru an ER ad, wrote a letter reflecting same, and the editor chose not to publish it because he felt it was negative and I thought that was not right; that withstanding, such a minor disagreement does not overshadow all the positives that ER and its contributors and editors have done and continue to do to promote and cohere the boat-anchor hobbiest. Thank you for reading.
K3VO Rating: 5/5 Nov 22, 2000 20:28 Send this review to a friend
Just plain fun  Time owned: more than 12 months
If you like boat anchors or have any interest in old gear this is must reading.
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