Man, this site is a gem!
When I teach a new ham class, I usually advise the normal 3 books for a new ham. Operater Manual (I tell them they only need this one when they get started), Handbook (I usually say about 1 from each decade is OK, no need to get one every year), and the Antenna Book (same needs as a handbook, about one a decade). I never did understand the collecting of these books every year they get updated.
Now, that being said, I also like to look at the old books and magazines and learn. I have about 5 Handbooks, 3 Antenna Handbooks and every QST since 1938 bound. OK, I do enjoy pulling an old book or QST over a coffee when I wake up. There is a feeling that pulp can give you that electrons on the monitor can’t.
That being said, I have binders of books I’ve printed out and this site was a big contributor to my addiction. Pete Millett. He sums up the reason for his site better than I can:
Preserving the Knowledge of the Ancients?
I’ve found that most of the technical books published before about 1964 never had their copyrights renewed, so now are in the public domain. So I am endeavoring to digitize and post some selected books relating to the “vacuum tube age” of electronics here.
Amplifier Builders Guide, Hugo Gernsback, 1947, 64 pages
Audels Radiomans Guide, Edwin P. Anderson, 1945, 880 pages
Basic Radio – The Essentials of Electron tubes and their Circuits, J. Barton Hoag, 1942, 379 pages
The Cathode-ray tube at Work, John F. Rider, 1935, 336 pages
Coyne Electrical and Radio Trouble Shooting Manual, Coyne Electrical School, 1946, 612 pages
Electron-Tube Circuits, Samuel Seely, 1950, 530 pages
Electron Tube Design, RCA, 1963, 943 (!!) pages – Courtesy of John Atwood
Electronic Amplifier Circuits, Joseph Petit and Malcolm McWhorter, 1961, 325 pages
Electronic Circuits and Tubes, Cruft Laboratory at Harvard University, 1947, 994 pages – Courtesy of Jim McConville
Electronic Transformers and Circuits, Reuben Lee, 1955, 349 pages – Courtesy of John Atwood
Getting the Most Out of Vacuum Tubes, Robert Tomer, 1960, 164 pages – Courtesy of John Atwood
The Radio Handbook, William Orr (editor), 15th edition 1959, 810 (!) pages
And a whole lot more.
But wait!, if you act now……
OK, I had to throw it in there, he has a lot of information for headphone amplifiers on his site as well. Various homebrew amps and pictures of those that have built them. Nice tube homebrewed amps too!
http://www.pmillett.com/index.html – This page has a lot of his headphone amp and home audio DIY amongst others.
http://www.pmillett.com/tecnical_books_online.htm – this is the link with the technical links listed above.
Great resource and I’ve gotten a lot out of reading this material.