- Launched in the autumn of 1964, Practical Electronics was the first UK hobby magazine devoted to this relatively new technology, and was committed to explore, unreservedly, all its practical possibilities.
- That Was The Year!
- 1964 – First issue published November.
- 1985 – 21st Birthday issue (November).
- 1989 – Silver Anniversary issue (November).
- 1992 – Final issue of Practical Electronics (October).
- 1992 – Title merged with Everyday Electronics magazine (November).
- 5W Integrated Transistor Amplifier
- The opening project was a 5W Integrated Transistor Amplifier designed by K.W. Collins. The Amplifier used four OC71 pnp germanium transistors. (Two other projects used this transistor in the first issue.)
- This project was featured in Nov 64 – Jan 65 issues.
- IC Gram-Amplifier
- The very first PE project to incorporate an integrated circuit was the IC Gram-Amplifier by R. Hirst. A hybrid design incorporating an integrated three-stage pre-amplifier and a discrete class-B complementary pair output stage.
- This project was featured in Oct 67 issue.
- The first digital I.C. project was the Digi-Clock by R.W. Coles. This design was based on TTL and used 20 dual-in-line I.C. packages. Readout display was four mini cold cathode indicator tubes.
- This project was featured in Dec 70 – Mar 71 issues.
- Compukit UK-101
- PE’s most popular project was the Compukit UK-101 by A.A. Berk. An 8K single board computer based on the then popular 6502 micro.
- This project was featured in Aug 79 – Nov 79 issues.
- For many years Practical Electronics produced and gave away a number of free paper and plastic gifts. Probably the most successful of these was the instrument case presented free with the May 81 issue.