That Was The Year!

Practical Electronics
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.
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