48 pp. 25x18 cm. In original illustrated wrappers.
An issue of a mass non-fiction magazine on radio engineering and amateur technics published with this title in 1930-1941. It continued a periodical ‘Radio for Everybody’ (1925-1930) and its successor ‘Radio’ had been coming out up to the 21st century.
Just like cinema, radio became a mass medium and was being introduced everywhere. Radio became a symbol of the future, but it was understood differently. For instance, Lenin spoke about it as an advanced periodical, “newspaper without paper and distances”. Velimir Khlebnikov wrote, “radio will inaugurate new ways to cope with our endless undertakings and will unite all mankind” in his utopian manifesto ‘Radio of the Future’ (1921).
It truly connected rural areas with cities, was a tool of announcements, mass broadcasting and a powerful channel of culture and enlightenment. In kolkhozes, receivers for reading rooms were installed for free. Peasants were provided credits for purchase. Thanks to the Shukhov Tower completed in 1922, the first Soviet radio concerts were held in 1922. Popularity of everything related to radio increased.
In the 1920s, numerous volunteering societies were established, including the Society of Radio Friends (SRF) Leningrad. Its local branches and radio groups turned up at factories and educational institutions. Newspapers began publishing articles on the role of radio for the socialist society, radio engineering successes and failures in the Soviet Union and abroad. A widespread movement of radio enthusiasts gained government support. Originally, this periodical was considered a magazine of SRF, but later became an organ of the Committee for Radioification Assistance.
In the Soviet Union, radio equipment was produced by amateur radio engineers themselves and was made of both pre-existing materials and special details provided by the SRF. Schemes with instructions were printed in radio periodicals and books on this topic. When a receiver was ready, it was registered through a post or telegraph office. The process of domesticating the radio technique began, moving it to kitchens of communal apartments.
This cover design refers to one of the articles for novices, “Positrons” by S. Kin. Among chronicle sections are amateur radio engineering in Transcaucasia, a text “For Full Radio Coverage” written on Komsomol patronizing the establishment of radio broadcasting in rural areas of the Kyiv province. Mostly, the issue collects technical advice and answers on frequent questions of novices, e.g. “why doesn’t a receiver work?”.
The issue contains photographs of radio equipment and numerous technical drawings.
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