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Radio and Hobbies, Radio Television & Hobbies, Electronics Australia magazine; Sydney

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Name: Radio and Hobbies, Radio Television & Hobbies, Electronics Australia magazine; Sydney    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: radiohob
Products: Model types

Radio and Hobbies magazine, and its successors Radio Television and Hobbies and Electronics Australia, were instrumental in supporting an active involvement by younger people in radio and electronics construction.

Radio & Hobbies evolved as a monthly publication from Wireless Weekly which commenced in 1922. The first issue was April, 1939 with Editor AG Hull and technical Editor John Moyle. As its name suggests, it was a more technical publication for hobbyists, but it also featured articles on television, optics, music and aviation. Nonetheless its base was radio, and it contained many how-to-build projects.

Founded: 1922
Closed: 2001

With the advent of television, television was added to its title in February 1955, Radio Television & Hobbies, or RTV&H. During these years numerous how-to-build articles on high fidelity audio, amateur radio and even electronic organs and television sets were published. The growing fields of scientific, medical, computing and other applications of electronics necessitated a name change to Electronics Australia in April 1965 (being Volume 27, Number 1). Electronics Australia published a number of innovative computer construction projects, including the Educ-8 in 1974, the Mini Scamp, the Dream 6800 and the Super-80 - a joint venture with Dick Smith Electronics. Although many competitors came and went during the 1970s and 1980s, such as Electronics Today International, Australian Electronics Monthly, and Talking Electronics, Electronics Australia survived into the 2000s. For a couple of years, more consumer electronics items were introduced, and continued to occupy more of the magazine, while the magazine's technical material occupied the rear pages. Possibly due to this reduction in importance of technical slant, several of the magazine's staff moved to its main rival, Silicon Chip, in 1987. Under recently installed editor Graham Cattley, a change of name to Electronics Australia Today in April 2001 spelt the death knell. Most technical content was removed and EAT changed focus to become a fully consumer-oriented publication, although this consumer change was noticeable since April 2000, when the name was changed from Electronics Australia to simply EA, with the Electronics Australia name remaining a subtitle for several issues before it was dropped entirely. This was a new fresher consumer look, with square glued binding instead of the traditional stapled binding. Many long-time readers considered the name change from Electronics Australia to EA to be the end of the traditional Electronics Australia look and brand. Original readers and advertisers finally deserted in droves when the name was changed to EAT and the magazine failed to pick up new readers (there were already many established magazines covering consumer electronics). EAT lasted only six issues before it folded.


The last issue with Electronics Australia as the main title was published March 2000. There were 432 issues in all up until December 2000. The rights to Electronics Australia are now owned by Silicon Chip. Silicon Chip have not released back issues on CD as they have done with Wireless Weekly and Radio TV & Hobbies due to not having contracts with most of the freelance article contributors over the years, who technically still own copyright on their respective articles and construction projects.

List of editors

• John Moyle 1947 - 1960

• Neville Williams - 1965

• Jamieson Rowe 1965-1979

• Leo Simpson 1986-1987

• Jamieson Rowe - August 2000

• Graham Cattley September 2000 - April 2001 (when it became EAT)

This manufacturer was suggested by Gary Cowans.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  65 Playmaster 111 Program Source 6AE8  The Playmaster 111 program source was an AM tuner design published by Electronics Australi... 
AUS  62 Playmaster 101 [with tuner] 12AX7  Playmaster 101 Amplifier with Tuner; 2 x 11 W, 20 - 30.000 Hz. 
AUS  68 Playmaster 123 Program Source   Playmaster 123 Program Source (Kit); 
AUS  63 Playmaster 106 [with tuner; Early] 12AX7  AM broadcast receiver and ultra linear stereo power amplifier designed by John Davidson... 
AUS  66 Playmaster 106 [with tuner; New] 12AU7  Playmaster 106 Amplifier with Tuner (New); 2 x 8 W, 20 - 30.000 Hz. 
AUS  63 Fully Callibrated Oscilloscope 12AT7  3" (CRT type DG7-32101) fully callibrated oscilloscope for home construction as descr... 
AUS  46 Ferrotune Four (4) ECH35  The Ferrotune Four was a Radio & Hobbies adaptation of Kingsley Radio's KFT3. ... 
AUS  59 Transporta seven (7) [without RF stage] 2N252  Transporta portable transistor radio kitsets. Designed by Radio, TV & Hobbies magaz... 
AUS  59 Transporta 4 2N252  Transporta portable transistor radio kitsets. Designed by Radio, TV & Hobbies magaz... 
AUS  57 Little General [For 1957] 6AN7  The last version was 1956 and John Moyle has described the 1957 version in the April 19... 
AUS  40 Babygram 6F7  In June 1940 Radio & Hobbies magazine designed the simplest 3 valve TRF radiogram. 
AUS  62 Playmaster 101 [without tuner] 6GW8  2 x 10 watt, ultra linear stereo power amplifier designed by John Davidson & Nevill... 


Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

First Edition cover Volume 1, No 1. April 1939tbn_aus_radio_hobbies_april_1939.jpg
Last edition of Electronics Australia, March 2000. Name changed to EA from April 2000.tbn_aus_electronics_australia_march_2000.jpg
Advert for the first edition of Radio & Hobbies, April, 1939. Wireless Weekly, Mar 22, 1939 Page 39.tbn_aus_radio_hobbies_ww_mar_22_1939_page_39.jpg