Popular Electronics

Articles published by Herb S. Brier, W9EGQ

All articles copyright © Poptronix, Inc. Used by permission.

Larry Steckler, President of Poptronix, Inc. has generously given permission to reprint all of Herb Brier's articles published in Popular Electronics. So this hopes to be a large-scale project to bring Herb's writing talent back into the public eye... for some, maybe for the first time. Thanks Larry!

Special thanks also to Glen Zook, K9STH, for his 10-year index (1956-66) and scans of some of his favorite Herb articles! Though this index is already growing beyond Glen's work, his contribution created an excellent beginning.

Articles that are scanned are clickable (bold blue text)... only 14 so far. If you have old copies of Popular Electronics, please send me information to expand this index, and please send scans (or allow me to borrow them to make copies). Thanks!


TOC=Table of Contents

February 1956
The Transmitting Tower, p.64
Subject: Building and operating the Heath AR-3 receiver

September, 1956
The Transmitting Tower, p.71
Subject: Sending QSL Cards

June 1957
The Transmitting Tower, p.75
Subject: Assembling the AMECO AC-1 transmitter kit

October 1957
Among the Novice Hams, p.107
Subject: Electron Flow

November 1957
Among the Novice Hams, p.85
Subject: Ohm's Law

December 1957
Among the Novice Hams, p.83
Subject: Discussion of current and wavelength

January 1958
Among the Novice Hams, p.73
Subject: Discussion on capacitors

February 1958
Among the Novice Hams, p.90
Subject: Assembling the Johnson Navigator transmitter kit

March 1958
Among the Novice Hams, p.79
Subject: Current and Magnetism

May 1958
Among the Novice Hams, p.79
Subject: Series and parallel circuits

June 1958
Among the Novice Hams, p.85
Subject: CW abbreviations and "Q" Signals

July 1958
Among the Novice Hams, p.79
Subject: Selectivity

August 1958
Among the Novice Hams, p.87
Subject: How a Modulator Works

September 1958
Among the Novice Hams, p.83
Subject: Vacuum Tube Fundamentals

October 1958
Among the Novice Hams, p.77
Subject: Setting Up Equipment

November 1958
Among the Novice Hams, p.89
Subject: Coupling of stages when using tubes

February 1959
Among the Novice Hams, p.89
Subject: Who Are Hams
Construction project: "Q" multiplier

March 1959
Among the Novice Hams, p.67
Subject: The Extra Grids - What Do They Do (discussion of tube types)

May 1959
Among the Novice Hams, p.115
Subject: All About Superhets
Construction project: 15 meter beam (ZL Special design)

June 1959
Among the Novice Hams, p.94
Subject: Building a Tubeless VFO (construction project)

July 1959
Among the Novice Hams, p.117
Subject: Tuning Up Your Receiver

August 1959 - NO COLUMN THIS MONTH

September 1959
Among the Novice Hams, p.89
Subject: World Wide DX
Construction project: "S" meter for Heath AR-3 receiver

October 1959
Across the Ham Bands, p.101
Subject: Keying With a "Bug"
Construction project: Trap dipole antenna for 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters

November 1959
Across the Ham Bands, p.77
Subject: Collecting QSL Cards
Construction project: TR Switch (electronic antenna switch between transmitter and receiver)

December 1959
Across the Ham Bands, p.85
Subject: TVI Causes and Cures
Construction project: Antenna coupling unit for transmitting

March 1960
Across the Ham Bands, p.95
Subject: Noise In R.F. Amplifier Tubes
Construction project: Signal Booster (receiver preamplifier)

April 1960
Across the Ham Bands, p.97
Subject: Handling Messages by Ham Radio
Construction project: Single-Sideband Tuner (actually an on frequency tunable oscillator)

May 1960
Across the Ham Bands, p.91
Subject: Why buy used equipment
Construction project: Harmonic filters for 80 and 40 meters

June 1960
Across the Ham Bands, p.71
Subject: How to Prevent Trouble With the FCC

September 1960
Across the Ham Bands, p.81
Subject: Antenna Matching
Construction project: Monimatch style SWR Bridge

October 1960
Across the Ham Bands, p.93
Subject: Substituting Parts In Construction Projects
Construction project: Diode Noise Generator (also listed as a separate article in TOC)

November 1960
Across the Ham Bands, p.91
Subject: Sweepstakes
Construction project: Keying monitor

January 1961
Across the Ham Bands, p.87
Subject: Zero Beating and Stabilizing Transmitters
Construction project: Adding a spotting switch to transmitters (also listed as a separate article in TOC)

February 1961
Across the Ham Bands, p.87
Subject: SSB vs. AM Phone
Construction project: Simple 6-meter Converter (also listed as a separate article in TOC)

March 1961
Across the Ham Bands, p.67
Subject: Trouble-Shooting Ham Equipment
Construction project: Two tube screen modulator

April 1961
Across the Ham Bands, p.87
Subject: Selecting a Multimeter For Your Shack
Construction project: Kilowatt R.F. Voltmeter (listed as a separate article in TOC but actually part of the column)

July 1961
Across the Ham Bands, p.93
Subject: How to Pass General Class Code Test
Construction project: Headphone "ear saver" (also listed as separate article in TOC)

September 1961
Across the Ham Bands, p.75
Subject: New 75-watt Phone/CW Transmitter Kit (building the Hallicrafters HT-40)

October 1961
Across the Ham Bands, p.75
Subject: Building the Eico 723 transmitter kit
Construction project: Building an improved receiver preselector (also listed as a separate article in TOC)

May 1962
Across the Ham Bands, p.81
Subject: Amateur Radio and the Community
Construction project: Control For Low-Power Stations (also listed as a separate article in TOC)

September 1962
Across the Ham Bands, p.75
Subject: "Six and Two" for the Newcomer
Construction project: High pass filters and feedline stubs

March 1963
Across the Ham Bands, p.87
Subject: Unusual Method of Memorizing the Code
Construction project: 17-Volt Booster Power Supply (also listed as a separate article in TOC)

May 1964
Across the Ham Bands, p.97
Subject: Measuring Transmitter Power

September 1964
Across the Ham Bands, p.79
Subject: The Amateur Scene - Alaska and Washington D.C.

October 1964
Across the Ham Bands, p.78
Subject: Bouncing Signals Off the Moon and Other Satellites

February 1965
Across the Ham Bands, p.81
Subject: Certificate Chasing

April 1965
Across the Ham Bands, p.73
Subject: Tips For Making Contacts
Construction project: "Swiss" Quad for 15 Meters

May 1965
Across the Ham Bands, p.79
Subject: Subject: Getting the Most Out of a Simple Communications Receiver

June 1965
Across the Ham Bands, p.77
Subject: Boost Your Percentage of Confirmed Contacts

July 1965
Across the Ham Bands, p.71
Subject: Australian "Youth Radio Scheme"

August 1965
Across the Ham Bands, p.79
Subject: Learning the Code and Increasing Speed

September 1965
Amateur Radio, p.81
Subject: Working DX On 21 Megacycles

October 1965
Amateur Radio, p.81
Subject: Adding Audio Punch To Phone Transmitters

November 1965
Amateur Radio, p.93
Subject: Useful Tips on Contest Operating

December 1965
Amateur Radio, p.73
Subject: How to Service Your Own Equipment

February 1966
Amateur Radio, p.77
Subject: A Safety Belt May Save Your Life

March 1966
Amateur Radio, p.81
Subject: Extending the Range of UHF/VHF Signals With Repeater Stations

April 1966
Amateur Radio, p.79
Subject: Amateur Operating Procedures

June 1966
AMATEUR RADIO, p.83
Subject: CONTESTS, GRIPES, AND THE FCC
Plus: HEATHKIT SB-100 TRANSCEIVER, p.85 (Review? Listed in ELECTRONIC FEATURES AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS section of TOC)
Note: TOC now in all capital letters.

July 1966
AMATEUR RADIO, p.85
Subject: INSTALLING ANTENNAS IN RESTRICTED SPACES

September 1966
AMATEUR RADIO, p.79
Subject: Certificate chasing
Note: Back to using lower case letters as shown.

January 1967
AMATEUR RADIO, p.85
Subject: Transmitter power vs. communications range

February 1967
AMATEUR RADIO, p.84
Subject: CW is dead (?)

March 1967
AMATEUR RADIO, p.85
Subject: Thumbnail review of TR-108 two-meter transceiver

May 1967
AMATEUR RADIO, p.93
Subject: The fascination of amateur radio

July 1967
AMATEUR RADIO, p.73
Subject: FCC action on incentive licensing - when?

September 1967
AMATEUR RADIO, p.81
Subject: Transoceanic 50-MHz DX

October 1967
AMATEUR RADIO, p.82
Subject: HC9EP rescued from the Pacific

November 1967
AMATEUR RADIO, p.77
Subject: Upcoming contests

December 1967
AMATEUR RADIO, p.85
Subject: FCC action taken on incentive licensing

January 1968
AMATEUR RADIO, p.75
Subject: EXPO '67 shenanigans, contest and other news

February 1968
AMATEUR RADIO, p.79
Subject: Amateur television around the world

March 1968
AMATEUR RADIO, p.79
Subject: Amateur radio in Thailand

April 1968
AMATEUR RADIO, p.79
Subject: Was that emergency necessary?

May 1968
AMATEUR RADIO, p.81
Subject: News on licensing from the FCC

June 1968
AMATEUR RADIO, p.75
Subject: Quirk in radio law protects lawbreakers

September 1968
36-24-34: WIRE SIZES - NOT BEAUTY MEASUREMENTS, p.75
Subject: How to choose and use wire
AMATEUR RADIO, p.92
Subject: Sun spots improve 28-MHz conditions

October 1968
AMATEUR RADIO, p.82
Subject: Horizontal "vertical" antennas

November 1968
AMATEUR RADIO, p.83
Subject: New frequency allocations

December 1968
AMATEUR RADIO, p.76
Subject: Join an "Intruder Watch"

January 1969
AMATEUR RADIO, p.95
Subject: (not given in TOC)

February 1969
AMATEUR RADIO, p.85
Subject: Report on Russian hams

March 1969
AMATEUR RADIO, p.87
Subject: Another DX journey

April 1969
AMATEUR RADIO, p.84
Subject: New Novice license eligibility

May 1969
AMATEUR RADIO, p.83
Subject: Short-skip watching

July 1969
AMATEUR RADIO, p.90
Subject: (not given in TOC)

September 1969
AMATEUR RADIO, p.87
Subject: (not given in TOC)

October 1969
AMATEUR RADIO, p.85
Subject: (not given in TOC)

February 1970
AMATEUR RADIO, p.99
Subject: (not given in TOC)

March 1970
AMATEUR RADIO, p.85
Subject: (not given in TOC)

April 1970
AMATEUR RADIO, p.95
Subject: (not given in TOC)

May 1970
AMATEUR RADIO, p.81
Subject: (not given in TOC)

June 1970
AMATEUR RADIO, p.81
Subject: (not given in TOC)

NO COLUMNS LISTED in TOC: Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec 1970
NO COLUMNS LISTED in TOC: Jan, Feb, May, June 1971
NO COLUMNS LISTED in TOC: Jan, Mar, Apr 1972

January 1975
AMATEUR RADIO, p.94
Subject: Reception and the atmosphere
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