Nostalgic Kits Central

Resources 0 Comments 02/01/2019

Posted By: Bradley Stone (UncleBrad)

The era of electronic kits started (with a few minor exceptions like Stancor) after the end of WWII. In 1947, Heath offered its first kit, a 5 inch oscilloscope. Heath rapidly grew and after a while, other companies embraced the kit business. None were as successful as Heath but they still played an important role in the industry. Perhaps, like me, you built some of those kits. The availability of inexpensive electronic kits and the learning process of building, troubleshooting and using them quite likely encouraged many to pursue a career in electronics. For others, it contributed to a hobby that had a lasting character. For all, there was a common bond of construction brotherhood. It was a wonderful time when we saved our money, bought and then built amazing electronic devices on kitchen or dining room tables, garage or basement workshops or wherever a safe space for all of those beautiful parts could be found. Not every kit worked the first time it was turned on. Many were built by those who had never used a soldering iron before. Evidence of this still exists today in some kits that have been sold on the used market. Some builders lost interest due to a mismatch between kit complexity and builder skills. Many others learned from their mistakes and went on to build many more kits. This website is for all of those builders. Perhaps it will jog a memory. Hopefully a good one. To sort of paraphrase the immortal words of Cuba Gooding Jr. in the movie Jerry Maguire, "show me the kits!".

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- Bradley Stone (UncleBrad),  01/25/2019 
   The AWA  Vision: "To preserve and share the history of technology used to communicate and entertain from the first telegram to today’s wireless text messaging."This site is LOADED site contains is the home of the journal and museum with lots of content to check out....  READ MORE
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   Allied Radio was founded in 1928. But 6 years prior, "The Radio Shack" company began. Although Radio Shack had been in business since 1921, they did not release their first catalog until 1939. Their wholesale distributor catalog contained radio & electronic equipment, amateur radio & communication supplies, sound systems and service parts. Now you can view the entire 1939-2005 Ra...  READ MORE
- Bradley Stone (UncleBrad),  01/22/2019 
   We specialize in high voltage capacitors and resistors for tube radios / electronics. We sell high voltage film capacitors, high voltage electrolytic capacitors, silver mica capacitors and AC-rated line filter safety capacitors for tube electronics. We carry 630 volt & 1600 volt Orange Dips and 630 volt, 1000 volt & 6000 volt tubular a...  READ MORE
- Bradley Stone (UncleBrad),  01/22/2019 
   Many plastic and wood BC/SW radios are super collectible.  Today, they are saught-after for their clean, analog sound and for their art.  This site for collectors and restorers has been on the Web for many years, and here you will find excellent examples of many brands of manufacturers from the 1920's up for sale....  READ MORE
- Bradley Stone (UncleBrad),  01/20/2019 
   100+ photos of various HBR Receivers ..... under construction, in use today, and in use years ago.These are the tube type HBR-14, HBR-16, HBR-8, HBR-11, HBR-12, and HBR-13C receivers originally published in QST. Parts, and sometimes entire receivers, can be found at swapfests, on e-Bay, and through the various internet reflectors. There is an HBR Receiver reflector on Allan Waller's se...  READ MORE
- Bradley Stone (UncleBrad),  01/15/2019 
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- Bradley Stone (UncleBrad),  12/19/2018 
   One of my favorite hams, Bob (W9RAN) has put together some SDR products designed just for the vintage radio enthusiast.  Bob has not just authored QST and Electric Radio articles; he has more radios, more knowledge and more energy that most of us put together....  READ MORE
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