Popular Electronics Magazine
Curt @ Atari Museum
curt at atarimuseum.com
Wed Mar 30 21:58:33 CST 2005
Nice work Michael, thats a lot of work.
Michael Holley wrote:
> For those of you that answered over 50 on the age question, you
> probably grew up reading Popular Electronics magazine. (For the U.S.
> folks anyway.)
> In the five year period between 1967 and 1971, Southwest Technical
> Products Corp. (SWTPC) published over 50 articles in Popular
> Electronics written by Daniel Meyer, Don Lancaster, Louis Garner and
> others. The idea was to write a construction article then sell the
> circuit board and kit of parts. Daniel E. Meyer started DEMCO in 1964
> and incorporated as SWTPC in 1967. The company lasted until 1986 and
> had over 100 employees the 1970s. Don Lancaster was not an employee,
> he just got royalties.
> Around 1975 SWTPC came out with computer and terminal kits. Don
> Lancaster was turning out Cookbooks by then (RTL, TTL, CMOS, etc) and
> started doing musical projects for PAIA. They parted ways.
> I have been collecting old issues of Popular Electronics and Radio
> Electronics and scanning a selection of SWTPC projects. This is a
> history of kits like FM wireless microphones, reverb adapters, musical
> instruments, audio amps, strobe lights, digital clocks, and digital
> test equipment. Most of the members of this list have built several of
> these things over the years. For example, there are some Nixie tube
> projects in Feb 1970, Dec 1970 and Feb 1971.
> I have almost finished with Popular Electronics and have posted them
> to my web site. I will add to the Radio Electronics page next.
> (Thanks to Jay West for providing the space.) I am scanning the
> magazines at 300 dpi and storing them as tiff files. I downsize them
> to 150 dpi JPG files for the web. I have over 1.5 GB of magazine tiff
> files. I will make them available on a DVD ROM for those who want
> them. My whole web site will fit on a CD-ROM. I will provide details
> on how to get these in a few weeks. (I am not looking to make any
> money on this.)
> I also have a 1971 SWTPC catalog with a list of which Popular
> Electronics issue each product came from.
> Michael Holley
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