old transistors

Tony Duell ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Sun Jan 17 12:28:22 CST 2010

> I recall my family's first transistor radio--a 6-transistor 
> Automatic.  Metal chassis construction with point-to-point wiring 
> with each transistor in a socket.   Oddly, much larger than a 

Some of the early transistor radiops in the UK were built a bit like that 
(althoguh more often with the transsitors soldered to feed-throughs ont 
he metal chassis..

I've also seen at least oen device (IIRC some kind of signal tracing 
amplifier) were the R's and C's were in a potted module but the 
transsitors were soldered to pins coming out of it (and thus could be 
individually replaed). Wether the early transsitors were that unreliable, 
or whethter the designers were just worried the might bem I don't know.

> Motorola Pixie tube radio.

To get back to classic computing, I am somewhat amused by the fact that 
the HP9810 is a larger machine than the HP9100, even though the former 
uses ICs and has fewer standard functiuons than the latter (which is all 
discrtete transsotors apart from 8 op-amps in the card reader).

> Sitting on my kitchen counter for use as an emergency radio, I have 
> an 60's era Sony 10 transistor AM-FM set.  Has worked every time I've 
> turned it on. Takes 3 D-sized cells and is very sensitive.

I've always liked the Hacker (seriously, that was the company name) RP18. 
Separate AM and FM tuners and IF strips feeding a common audio amplidier 
giving a genuine 1.5W (RMS) into a decent-sized speaker. Many are still 
working over 40 years after they were made.


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