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Allied Radio Corp. (Knight, Roamer, Wextark); Chicago (IL)

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Name: Allied Radio Corp. (Knight, Roamer, Wextark); Chicago (IL)    (USA)  
Abbreviation: allied-rad
Products: Model types Others

Allied Radio Corp.; 833 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois - Trade names: Knight (Knight International), Lincoln, Polydyne, Roamer, Wextark. 1931 ARC-catalog shows the following addresses: for "Chicago sales" 711 W. Lake Street and for "General offices" 1903, Pershing Rd. both in Chicago, Ill.

The website

Allied Catalogs Com

is showing many Catalogs from Allied Radio Corporation, 711 W. Lake St., Chicago, beginning 1929 (before they did no catalogs) to nearly present. You can browse all single pages per catalog and look at the official pictures, prices etc. The owner of that site - and member here - has given us the right to use the catalog pictures he scanned for showing on the model pages.

The "in house" brand tubes offered by the company were Knight and Hylon. Manufacturer not known. As well as these, several brands such as Arcturus, Cunningham, Duovac, Marathon and Sonatron were also listed in the catalogues.

Founded: 1928

Simon Wexler founded Columbia Radio Corporation in 1921 and sold crystal sets.

1928: Allied Radio was established as the radio parts distribution arm of Columbia Radio Corporation. The company was soon to become one of the most recognizable names in the electronics industry.

1932: The company built a growing business in marketing radio parts and kits to home hobbyists, and was one of the first to sell electronics through a catalog. In addition, Allied opened storefront distribution outlets to reach more amateur ham radio operators and experimenters.

1941-45: Having survived the depression, Allied focused on the war effort, primarily servicing government contracts and high-priority industrial orders. Allied gained experience in the industrial arena for the first time through government and military contracts, which laid the groundwork for the distribution niche we occupy today.

1946-60: The electronics industry exploded as new developments in electronics were adopted on a widespread basis in commerce and industry. Innovations such as television, industrial automation, space technology and defense accelerated the need for electronics. Consumer demand also grew as radio sets and components not available during the war proliferated. During this exciting era, Allied gained both the experience and specialized staff necessary to handle both consumer and industrial sales.

1962: The first industrial catalog for Allied Electronics, a subsidiary of Allied Radio, was released. The company continued to serve both amateur and professional ham radio operators as one of the few places to locate that "hard to get" piece of radio equipment.

1970: Allied has 21 regional locations. Allied moved its headquarters from Chicago, Illinois to Fort Worth, Texas because 1970 marked the year when Radio Shack's parent company, the Tandy Corporation, purchased Allied Electronics and Allied Radio. On the consumer side, the new firm became known as Allied Radio Shack. Allied Electronics, with their new "computerized order tracking systems," boasted the highest percentage of filled orders in the country.

1972: The catalog is now a treasure trove for persons tracking down old components when trying to restore old professional and industrial equipment. Essex/Stancor, UTC, Switchcraft, Dialco, Arrow-Hart, Sprague, Fairchild, Robertshaw, Centralab, Belden, Sigma, Magnecraft, C. P. Clare, Amphenol, Shure, Electro-Voice, Sola, Simpson, Superior Electric, Hurst, RCA, Elmenco, ADC, H. H. Smith, are only some of the brand names represented. Interspersed with the major pro names were Micronta, Realistic, and other Radio Shack "consumer level" house brands.

1981: Allied began the process of moving from an all manual system to a fully computerized company. The process was completed in 1985.

1995: Allied is the first electronics distribution company to come out with a CD-ROM catalog and quickly followed-up by entering the e-commerce arena with the launch of a web site. 1999: Allied Electronics acquired by Electrocomponents of the United Kingdom. Some is from:

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  68 TV FM Marker Sweep Generator KG-687   Early production units employed vacuum tubes but later units were all solid state. 
USA  25 Lincoln   impedenza: 4.000Ω 
USA  80 KG-677   Adapter to use with a VOM or VTVM to measure the gain and leakage current of transistors. 
USA  60 AM-FM-MX Stereo Receiver KN 350 ECC85  Receiver with independent AM and FM sections, and MPX decoder. Similar to Pilot 602. 
USA  70 Solid State Stereo Amplifier KG-865    
USA  65 Stereo FM/AM Tuner 285   Made in Japan 
USA  56 20 Watt Amplifier S-750   The Allied Knight S-750 is a 20 watt amplifier with a response of 20 to 20,000 cps. It was... 
USA  56 Knight CW Transmitter S-255 6AG7  The Allied Knight S-255 is a 50 watt CW transmitter operationg on the 80, 40, 20, 15, 11 a... 
USA  56 Knight Intercom System S-295   The Allied Knight S-295 is a wired, two-way intercom system. It was available as a kit. 
USA  56 Capacitance Checker F-119   The Allied Knight F-119 is an in-circuit capacitance checker. It was available as a kit. ... 
USA  56 Knight VOM F-140   The Allied Knight F-140 is a 32 range VOM with a 4.5 inch meter. 
USA  56 Knight VTVM F-125   The Allied Knight F-125 is a VTVM with a 4.5 inch meter. 


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

from Radio News, March 1929, p.801tbn_allied.gif
Allied's Handbook of Transistor Fundamentalstbn_usa_allied_understandingtransistors_handbook.jpg
Allied Radio Catalog Spring and Summer 1934tbn_usa_allied_radio_catalog_1934.jpg
Allied Radio Catalog No. 107 - 1942tbn_usa_allied_radio_catalog_1942.jpg
Allied Radio Catalog Supplement No. 122tbn_usa_allied_radio_supplement_142_catalog.jpg
Catalog cover 1993tbn_usa_allied_1993_cover.jpg
Catalog cover 2003tbn_usa_allied_2003_cover.jpg