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Jon's Imaginarium – Electronic Magazine and Publications Archives

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Many magazines are archived on the web. These are a few of the available ones, in no particular order. If you're locked down by Covid and need something to do, you could get lost for weeks in these archives, which start as early as the 1920s. The basics never change, so there's plenty of good information to be had. Most of these archives have search features available if you're looking for something specific.

If you find anything nifty, post a link or a screen shot.

These are in no particular order.

Magazine Name: 73 Amateur Radio Magazine

Country of Origin: US

Years: 1961 - 2003

Language: English

Description: 73 Magazine (also known as 73 Amateur Radio Today) was a United States-based amateur radio magazine that was published from 1960 to 2003. It was known for its strong emphasis on technical articles and for the lengthy editorials in each issue by its founder and publisher, Wayne Green. The magazine title, 73, (Morse: −−••• •••−− ) means "best regards" among the amateur radio and dx communities

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Magazine Name: Popular Electronics Magazine & Electronic Experimenter's Handbook

Country of Origin: US

Years: 1954 - 2003

Language: English

Description: Popular Electronics was created in 1954 by Ziff-Davis for an audience of electronics hobbyists and experimenters. It soon became the "World's Largest-Selling Electronics Magazine". The circulation was 240,000 by 1957 and exceeded 400,000 by 1963. Rival "Electronics World" was merged into "Popular Electronics" in 1972. Popular Electronics became "Computers & Electronics" in November, 1982; and then ceased publication in April of 1985. The title returned in February 1989 under the ownership of Gernsback Publications which purchased the name and gave it to their "Hands-On Electronics" magazine. "Popular Electronics" ceased publication in December of 1999, returning as "Poptronics" in January of 2000 after merging with "Electronics Now". The final issue was January, 2003.

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Magazine Name: Hands-On Electronics

Country of Origin: US

Years: 1984 - 1989

Language: English

Description: Hands-On Electronics was an electronics hobbyist magazine published by Gernsback Publications in the United States from 1984 to 1989. The early issues were just a collection of construction projects. By 1984 were regular columns on shortwave listening, amateur radio, and computers. After Ziff-Davis changed Popular Electronics to Computers & Electronics, Hands-On Electronics attracted those hobbyist readers. In April 1985 Ziff-Davis stopped publishing Computers & Electronics and Hands-On Electronics purchased the title in June 1988. The magazine became monthly and added the Popular Electronics logo to the cover in November 1988.

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Magazine Name: Electronics Now

Country of Origin: US

Years: 1992 - 1999

Language: English

Description: Formerly: "Radio-Electronics". Became "Electronics Now" in 1992. Electronics Now was a consumer hobbyist magazine which was formerly named Radio-Electronics Magazine. It was renamed in July of 1992 and continued to publish until 1999.

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Magazine Name: Radio-Electronics & Electronics Now

Country of Origin: US

Years: 1948 - 1999

Language: English

Description: Successor to Radio Craft in 1948. Became "Electronics Now" in 1992 Radio Electronics was the "new" name for Radio Craft magazine.. Hugo Gernsback, sometimes called The Father of Science Fiction, started it as Radio-Craft in July 1929. The title was changed to Radio-Electronics in October 1948. In July of 1992 transitioned to "Electronics Now"

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Magazine Name: Électronique Pratique

Country of Origin: France

Years: 1978 - 1999

Language: French

Description: French Hobbyist Magazine from 1978 (Nouvelle série) to 1999. French hobbyist and experimenter magazine published from 1978 to 2009

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Magazine Name: Electronics Illustrated

Country of Origin: US

Years: 1956 - 1972

Language: English

Description: A monthly publication from 1958 to 1972. Electronics Illustrated was a hobbyist and experimenters' magazine started in May 1958 by Fawcett Publications, who published Mechanix Illustrated. The magazine was published monthly from 1959 to 1961 then bi-monthly until November 1972. Electronics Illustrated ended with the November 1972 issue and some of the content was continued in Mechanix Illustrated. The circulation was 300,000 but Fawcett claimed there was a shrinking market for electronics magazines and they wanted to focus on the larger Mechanix Illustrated audience of 1.5 million readers. This followed Ziff-Davis's merger of Electronics World with Popular Electronics in January 1972.

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Magazine Name: Radio & Electronics World

Country of Origin: UK

Years: 1981 - 1989 (Archive only to 10/87)

Language: English

Description: UK Electronics magazine beginning in 1981 / Successor to Radio Constructor. Radio & Electronics World was a UK electronics magazine published by Ambit International from October 1981 to April 1989. This was the third rename of the magazine Radio Constructor which originally started publication in 1947 and renamed to Radio & Electronics Constructor in April 1972.

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Magazine Name: Radio Constructor

Country of Origin: UK

Years: 1947 - 1981

Language: English

Description: Electronics hobbyist magazine from the UK. Radio Constructor was a UK magazine for electronics enthusiasts and hobbyists beginning in 1947 and ending under that name in 1981 with the August/September issue. It became "Radio & Electronics World" beginning October of 1981. After November 1983 it was sold to a new publisher and fell into decline, ceasing publication in April, 1989. Radio and Electronics World was then started as a new publication.

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Magazine Name: Practical Electronics

Country of Origin: UK

Years: 1971 - Present (Archive to 1999)

Language: English

Description: Electronics Magazine from the UK starting in 1964. Practical Electronics began publication in the UK in December,1964 and was aimed at the experimenter and construction enthusiast. In November, 1992 Practical Electronics merged with Everyday Electronics to become Everyday Practical Electronics.

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Magazine Name: Everyday Electronics / Everyday Practical Electronics

Country of Origin: UK

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Language: English

Description: Everyday Electronics / Everyday Practical Electronics: UK Hobbyist Magazine. Everyday Electronics was published starting in November, 1971, by the publisher of Practical Electronics as a companion novice-level magazine. Declining circulation forced a sale in November 1992, and the new owner combined the two magazines into one called Everyday Practical Electronics. In 1997, Electronics Today International merged into Everyday Practical Electronics. In 2019, the publisher changed the name back to Practical Electronics, saying "It’s back! From this issue we revert to our original name of Practical Electronics magazine, continuing our 55 year old tradition of bringing you the best available hobby and home construction projects, theory, articles, tips and advice to enable you to enjoy the exciting world of modern microelectronics."

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Magazine Name: Byte Magazine

Country of Origin: US

Years: 1975 - 1990 (Archive spotty after 1986)

Language: English

Description: Byte magazine was an early microcomputer magazine, influential in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s because of its wide-ranging editorial coverage. Byte started in 1975, shortly after the first personal computers appeared as kits which were advertised in the back of electronics magazines.

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