|Long-Time ER readers are familiar with Bruce Vaughan’s (NR5Q) many popular articles in Electric Radio over the years. Quoting from the introduction to his new book “Surviving Technology,”
“This Book is Respectfully Dedicated to the Memory of Major Edwin Howard Armstrong.
Major Armstrong’s inventions moved radio from a limited method of communication into a practical science that enriched the lives of people world-wide. We cannot turn on a TV, pick up a cell phone, or listen to the radio without using his inventions. His entire life was spent fighting those who attempted, quite successfully for years, to steal his life’s work. ..."
At 223 pages, plus a 14-page prologue, “Surviving Technology” is a chronicle of Bruce Vaughan’s lifetime of experience in radio and is a gorgeous, finely produced presentation with excellent illustrations and schematics. The book is in large-format 8-1/2 x 11 inches. The text is arranged so that it’s not crowded and is very easy to read, and all of the photos follow the text nicely. Bruce has divided his book into four sections with 31 chapters.
Part 1: The World Goes to War - From Clarence’s (W5BQI) help in getting Bruce his ham license, W5HTX, to enlisting in the Army Reserve and through his experiences in WWII, to coming home, Bruce describes this era very well.
Part 2: The Radio and Television Repair Years - The longest section covers 1946 – 1975 in sixteen chapters and is an expanded version of Bruce’s series of articles in Electric Radio, “Radio’s Golden Age” when Bruce ran a radio and television service business.
Part 3: Five Fiction Stories - All are well written fictional stories from Bruce’s early years.
Part 4: Building the “Ultimate” Receiver - In 7 detailed chapters, Bruce gives you a blow-by-blow descriptions, including schematics, of all the secrets needed to build a successful regenerative receiver. The “Ultimate” is amazingly straight-forward, stoutly built, and Bruce provides the details to successfully build your own, based on his 60 years experience.