This magazine had
its beginnings in the 1920s, well before Practical Wireless. It majored
on the designs of John Scott Taggart and boasted a stellar group of
names on its header, as can be seen above - names such as Sir Oliver
Lodge and P.P. Eckersley (of BBC fame). A weekly publication, it rode
the gathering wave of radio as a hobby until in the later 1930s it lost
out to the increasingly successful formula that FJ Camm had created in
his Practical Wireless.
There are still some who swear by the
designs of Taggart - and others who consider his work idiosyncratic, odd
and archaic. I will decline to comment.
A post-war production, Radio
Constructor was a rival to Practical Wireless and like all magazines it
had its devotees.
The magazine ceased
publication in 1981, probably because of the falling-off of interest in
radio as a hobby rather than any fault of its editor or publishers.
was another early starter in the
radio magazine sector. It ran until a take-over by Practical Wireless in
the 1930s. Interestingly it featured a column by 'Thermion', with the
title 'On Your Wavelength' - the selfsame one as FJ Camm used in the
Practical Wireless of the 1930s onward. We must therefore assume that
the Thermion of Amateur Wireless is the same one as that of Practical