these books have
long been out of print, but the content is such that they are a fascinating read
in their own right as well as being a valuable resource for the vintage restorer.
Beginner's Guide to Radio.
notes about FJ Camm, below and under 'PERSONALITIES).
Camm produced this book - pictured in the left column - for the very beginner and it is written, therefore, in
very simple terms. Despite this, the book is of interest to anyone wishing to
construct a simple series of all-dry battery powered 1, 2 and 3 valve TRF sets.
Often nowadays there is difficulty obtaining coils for home-built valve sets.
Here, you wind the coils yourself, with full guidance from the master! As
always, very readable. The book was first published in 1955. My copy is dated
1962 and is the fifth edition, third impression, so there's quite a few of these
out there somewhere. There is a page and a half devoted to the transistor, which
was added by the staff of 'Practical Wireless' after Camm's early death.
Frankly, they shouldn't have bothered - the information is just not up to the
standard of Camm's text. Perhaps later editions will be better in this respect. Well worth looking for any edition of this useful book.
the way, that's Mr. Camm, on the cover. The 'lecture' was staged for the photo.
Wireless Circuits by FJ Camm. My copy is dated 1954 and is the 16th
edition. I bought it new at the time. Earlier ones would not have the 'newer'
all-dry, octal and B7G valve circuits, though might still be worth a read.
Television and Short-wave Handbook by FJ Camm (1934)
Short-Wave Manual by FJ Camm (first published 1940)
above two books have titles that need no elaboration.
Chronicle Wireless Constructor's Encyclopaedia by FJ Camm (1934(?) -on.
Several editions. The 1934 second edition in my possession has a wealth of
period detail and information. I believe in subsequent years that the 'News
Chronicle' tag was dropped and 'Newnes' substituted.
Camm was the brother of Sydney Camm, the aircraft designer. He was prolific as
an author and all-encompassing as an editor, his name cropping up for many years
on a number of 'practical' monthly titles by Newnes including Practical
Wireless, Practical Television and Practical Mechanics. He also 'wrote' a large
number of books on the general subject over many years. As you might expect from
such a voluminous source, much material is a rehash or straight repeat of
previously published stuff. Nevertheless, he wrote clearly and engagingly, so if
you spot any titles by him, look them over.
is an American publication that holds masses of very
comprehensive radio theory and practice. my copy dates from second world war
by Hallows and Millward (1953)
. Good for basic valve operating principles and applications in domestic sets.
Text style can seem archaic - very 1930s - at times.
series by Patchett,
Fozard et al (circa early sixties). Published by Norman Price. A bible (well, OK, a SET of bibles) for the radio and television engineer of
the time. Factual, concise, readable, reliable. Well worth searching for.
of course -
Foundations of Wireless. The name of M.G. Scroggie has long
been associated with this famous book, even though A.L.M. Sowerby wrote the
first edition in 1936. This is an
important book covering the technical theory of the subject and has been the
subject of many reprints and editions over the years to bring it into line with
current practice. With our interest in valves, an older edition should be fine.
Just check content before handing over the money.
Radio Laboratory Handbook, published by Iliffe, which covered
the setting-up and running of a workshop. The book shows how to use test
equipment and how to interpret the results. Masses of formulae but still a
readable and interesting book from the earlier valve era. My copy is not dated
by the publishers but a handwritten inscription offers 'December 1940'
Servicing Manual, by
W.T. Cocking, is another Iliffe book from the late
thirties/early forties. Very readable, given the date, with lots of info on
servicing, fault tracing and alignment.
Dictionary of Radio and Television Terms, by Ralph Stranger, is exactly what
it says. Very clear and straightforward explanations of circuit action,
components and principles. Only criticism? Some of the explanations lack depth
in this compact volume. A Newnes publication, 1941
Practical Radio and Television
by CA Quarrington is a four-volume set
published by Caxton from 1946 onward. Very detailed, though in a somewhat stiff
and dated style, with a comprehensive
coverage of the state of the art at the time of publication. My set of books was
published in 1950.
Radio Amateur's Handbook
is (or was) published by the American Radio Relay
League. I have a copy of the twentieth edition, dated 1943. It's full of
information and constructional tips, plus lots of wartime radio