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The PARS Pittsburgh Oscillator
For more than 30 years, PARS members have contributed thousands of articles to our club newsletter, The Pittsburgh Oscillator. PDF Scans of complete issues of the Oscillator are found elsewhere on this web site. In this section, you have access to copyrighted articles that have previously appeared in our newsletter.
Like this entire site, the articles you can read here are the copyrighted property of PARS and the named author (if any). We are generally happy to grant you authorization to reproduce the work featured herein but you must request permission and follow our requirements for attribution.
2020 Radio Changed Our World 100 Years Ago!
This year we have a special section of our web site devoted to the early work of Frank Conrad and the founding of the world’s first broadcast station here in Pittsburgh, KDKA.
Radio Free Clinics!
Twice a year in March and October, the club unleashes its’ radio experts on whatever shows up at the door! Bring us your grandfather’s pride and joy and we will try to make it play again–free!
Every dues-paying PARS member can author articles for our blog (and our printed newsletter, The Pittsburgh Oscillator). Articles are displayed in the order they were POSTED on this site, not by the date they appeared (if they did) in the Oscillator.
PARS Book Review: The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner Prior to the breakup of the Bell System by the federal government, Ma Bell created the prototype industrial research organization--Bell Labs. If you grew up in the 60's and 70's, you couldn't miss the work of Bell...
With grief deep in our hearts, we are sorry to tell you that Don Polito passed away yesterday evening at Forbes Regional Hospital after a tough- fought battle with leukemia. Funeral and visitation arrangements were emailed to all PARS members. Please do not directly...
As the second world war loomed, it was clear to many that science and technology would play key roles. Precise frequency control would become fundamental to what Dr. R. V Jones termed 'The Wizard War." (read the book!--it is not to be mssed!). Other than through...
A unique quality of quartz made early radio possible!
Radio History Found In Railroad Union Archives By Frank J Lotito K3DZ It continues to amaze me where one can find articles related to the history of electronics and radio! I am talking about original publications, not the ramblings of some author (like me) who 50+...
In Part 1 I covered the indexes to military publications that were compiled by Ray Mote. The US military had (and has) a series of complex nomenclature systems that vary from one branch of the service to the next, and within any one service, from one intended usage to...
The most imortant skill you need to collect military radios is the ability to speak the lingo. "SCR"? "BC"? "TM?" Who or what was "COL"? The military had a huge nomenclature system that need not be mastered. But if you want to find parts for your "ATD" then it might...
I've been using quarantine time to (among other stuff) go through my old stuff so that whatever wisdom there may be in history can be recovered from what I have. I was late to the local ham community party. But I quickly discovered that there were MANY active ham...
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PARS Special Events
Two of our annual events do not happen at the Church. The Tri-State Radio Fest, PARS' biggest event of the year, is held each April at the Center Stage Banquest Hall at 1495 Old Brodhead Rd, Monaca, Pennsylvania 15061. The PARS Annual Radio Picnic is held each July in North Park, generally at the Roosevelt Pavilion if we can get it. These two events plus our annual holiday luncheon at the church are PARS' best-attended events of the year. Please see the NEWS & EVENTS page for this year's specific details.
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