Take Down policy
Read the site policy on take-downs (removal of
What does the + sign mean on some pages
The + sign indicates an issue or a publication that
is not yet on the site but which has been obtained
or purchased and is on its way or being scanned.
Orange lettering may also be used in this case.
Graphics or text are low resolution, blurry or
otherwise of poor quality
1. PDFs are created in a layered format. Some PDF
readers or browser plug-ins may not load anything
except the first layer. Try flushing the browser
cache or closing and reloading the browser.
2. Some readers do not "like" PDFs with embedded OCR
tet. You may want to try one of many freeware
plugins or utilities.
Some PDFs have poor contrast and the pictures are
Many old publications have been obtained which have
aged discolored paper or faded ink and poor
contrast. While the processing software used can
improve this slightly, aged originals may often
produce less than perfect scans and PDFs. We feel
that preserving the content with less than perfect
esthetics is better than no preservation at all.
I use FireFox. The PDFs are
The built in PDF viewer in many versions of
FireFix does not display layered PDFs correctly. Try
using the free
Adobe Reader add-in. The Adobe site detects you
operating system and will download the right
version. In FireFox, make sure Options >
Applications has the Adobe reader selected as the
default. This will improve PDF rendering on all
You can see how to disable the internal FireFox PDF
viewer at the
I use Chrome for my browser. The graphics are blurry
and some text is missing or blurry
Like FireFox, the built-in PDF rendering engine does
not always respond well to layerd text-searchable
PDF files. I suggest using the free
Adobe Reader add-in. The Adobe site detects your
operating system and will download the right
version. In Chrome, follow the instructions at the
Chrome support site.
Why don't you have higher resolution or less
All publications scanned here are done at 300 dpi.
But a typical 100 page magazine could be well over
300 mb in that raw format. So we use software to
create the PDF that compresses the scan so that it
uses less server space and downloads quickly. Most
users agree that the compromise between size and
resolution is a fair solution.
Why can't I print or extract pages from most PDFs?
1. Many documents are used with the owner's
permission. A condition of this is to discouraging
2. Considerable expense is involved in assembling
the collection. There have been incidents of
individuals "snagging" the files and selling CD
compilations on eBay and elsewhere. I find this
repugnant and decided to at least make such efforts
I want a higher quality scan of a picture.
As a rule, I don't have the time to locate, unpack
and scan archived paper originals to get a specific
I do have the raw 300 dpi scans on an NAS (nearly 8t
of data) of many publications but it's time consuming to locate specific
pages and extract them. Unless your need is for an
exhibit at a registered museum or similarly wide
I generally have to decline such requests. But feel
free to ask... eMail costs
nothing to send.
I want to save or print a single page with a picture
or a diagram or an article.
You can't do that from full publications. But if you
do a search for the document keywords in the
full site search
you can pull up the individual page your content is
on. The search finds pages, not full documents. And
"fair usage" permits allowing those single pages to
I don't see an issue or a title I want on the site.
Do you have it?
If a publication or issues of a publication are not
on the site, I don't have it. In the case of the few
items that are being processed, they are indicated
with a + sign in the issue guides. Otherwise, I do
not have it and "what you see is what you get."
I have done searches and the results are garbled or
have strange typos
Doing Optical Character Recognitiion on old
discolored or faded documents is difficult. OCR
attempts to recognize letters from the scanned
"picture" but if there is poor contrast, unusual
type styles or other conditions the result will be
imperfect. Short of manually editing the OCR text on
all 900,000 pages on the site, there is no "better
I am looking for information on a family member who
was in radio...
I am looking for information on a station or a piece
This site is What You See is What You Get. I do
not have additional accesable resources or
unpublished material. In a sense, I am a librarian,
not a pure historian.
I receive many requests for additional data on
people and stations and such. If you can't find what
you want using the
full site search then I can't help. Consider
local newspaper archives, geneology services and our
I am looking for historical recordings or video or
There are a number of museums and libraries that
have extensive collections. Here are two I
Paley Center in Los Angeles
(Formerly The Museum of
Radio and Television)
Library of American
Broadcasting at the University of Maryland
Most of the documents are very readable, but one of
your publications is not as good.
We have obtained a variety of third-party scans to
complete collections or to enhance the site. Some
have used different scanning processes and
compression software and are not as good as I would
like. Until I can find originals to scan, let's make
the best of what we can find.
I tried to view a publication, and it won't open. Or
it opens the wrong document...
With nearly two million pages of material on the
site, there are occasional errors in file naming or
Please eMail me with any
erorrs or corrections"
Some of the issues of publications are missing.
Assembling a collection of out of print publications
is not unlike collecting stamps or coins. Some
issues are very rare. Over time, missing issues will
be filled in, but there is no instant fix for this.
I looked at one magazine, but some of the pages are
missing. Why did you remove them?
Some of the issues and editions we have collected
are missing pages, have had covers removed, have had
coupons or photos cut out. These cases fall under
the "it's better than nothing" header; we try to get
complete editions but they are not always available.
But no part of a magazine is ever intentionally
I want to support the site. Can I send you money by
Please don't send money. The site is not commercial,
and the only links are to sites than enhance the
user's discovery of related documents or credits for
use of protected material. I do not wish to profit
or give the impression of comercialization of this
Consider donating to The Broadcasters Foundation
instead. The link is at the bottom of the home page,
and it supports fellow radio and TV folks who are
going through hard times.
I have some publications that you don't have on the
site. Can I donate them?
Check with me via eMail to see if the items are of
interest and fit my vision of the scope of the site.
I'd love to receive more donations to complete
collections or to add new publications.
I'd like to make a donation of documents or
magazines but don't want to spend money shipping.
If the documents are needed to complete collections
or unusual, I'll send you a prepaid UPS label for a
package. You just pack and drop off the stuff at a
UPS Store and that's it!
I like to credit contributors but if you wish to
remain anonymous that is OK too.
I have some items you may want to scan but I want
This is a common question. And yes, if you have
items I really need, I will scan delicately and with
no damage to the document or its binding and return
the items. I'll take care of the return shipping and
sometimes, if the items are very important, I'll
send a prepaid shipping lable if you can't justify
the shipping costs.
Why don't you have a section for ham radio
publications like 73 and QST and others?
Due to the cost of bandwidth, storage, document
acquisition and the per-page fees paid for document
processing software, I have to stop somewhere. It's
very possible that I might add such material in the
future, as I was once an amateur and a MW DXer as
well. But for the moment, Amateur Radio is not
How is your search function done?
I use a program called
Zoom Search Engine, which creates search
databases. To make searcing easier, I split all
documents into individual pages, nearly 1 million of
them, so a search only downloads a page. I have
separate searches for individual publications plus a
global full site search.
The PDFs don't look like typical Adobe Acrobat PDFs
CVision's PDF COmpressor, which is used by major
corporations for compact storage and OCR of forms
and documents. I'ts in the mid-4 figure cost range,
with a low 4-figure annual renewal fee. It's worth
it as it produces very legible and compact
web-friendly PDFs unlike any other product.
Why do some of the older PDFs on the site look less
clear than newer additions?
I have only had the CVision product (see above)
since Q2 of 2013. While I have rescanned some older
material to make it better looking, I have a monthly
limit on pages so not everything will be redone
There are no ads or things for sale on the site. How
is that possible?
I've been in radio for better than 50 years, and
radio treated me well (most of the time). This site
is a way of giving back to those who also love the
art and the science and the business of radio. Since
I work as a radio consultant, the site contributes
to my "awareness" in the industry and is my only
How many people are involved in preparing this site?
Just one person does most of the work. I have
off-site backups at several locations under the
custody of well-respected radio historians. I also
have several hearing-impaired persons who help with
the major flatbed scanning projects.
How do you store the original documents?
80% of the site content comes from publications I
have bought or outright donations. I store them in
sealed boxes in poly bags. Some loaned items are
scanned and returned, and there are also some items
from public domain sources like the excellent
Internet Archive (which have been reprocessed and
divided into discreet issues).
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