Yes, You Can Build Your Own

In the Oct. 25 issue of Radio World, James O’Neal asks an interesting question. His article, titled “Doesn’t Anyone Build Anything Anymore?”, showed hand-built electronic equipment at broadcast stations in the 1960s and ’70s.

My answer to his question is “yes.” Some of us still do create solutions by hand, even in this plug’n’play world.


Back in the 1920s, ’30s and even the ’40s, most station engineers built their studio and transmitter equipment. There was some broadcast gear available from RCA, but it was very expensive until after WWII, when competition from other manufacturers increased.

I was licensed in amateur radio starting at age 16, in 1963. My greatest interest was designing and building electronic circuits. With a good understanding of Ohm’s Law and a desire to work with my hands, I have always enjoyed creating handy devices for use at radio stations. It is fun and rewarding.


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