Making A Transistor Radio by George Dobbs

A sample illustration from "How To Build a Transistor Radio"

A sample illustration from “Making a Transistor Radio”

Those of you who are ham radio operators (especially QRPers) are familiar with the name George Dobbs (G3RJV). In 1972, Reverend Dobbs wrote a book called, Making A Transistor Radio and now it’s available online.

Making A Transistor Radio is a clear, simple, step-by-step guide to building your own transistor radio. In each stage of the process you’re rewarded with a working radio. In addition, you’ll learn about all of the stages of a working receiver.

Perhaps what I love best about this book–besides the fact that is resembles the mountains of electronics books I poured through in my youth–are the illustrations.  Each illustration describes exactly how each component of the radio should be built, leaving nothing to be pondered.

If you’ve ever wanted to build your own radio, from scratch, this is a great place to start.

Thanks, Eric, for sending this link!

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3 thoughts on “Making A Transistor Radio by George Dobbs


    Did you ever manage to locate Mr. Dodds? I grew up on Vancouver Wireless Station (my father was VE7 AKO) and some of the old time operators are still alive.

  2. Debra

    I am looking for George Sanderson Dobbs, who was with the Vancouver Wireless Station, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada in or around the year 1955. Please contact me. Re: William Orr


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