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bulgin 3rd August 2006 05:57 PM

Do you have a copy of this book?

A friend gave me today a spare copy of a famous book: A 4th edition of Radio Designer's Handbook written by F Langford-Smith.

Old tech but still useful, I think.


anatech 3rd August 2006 06:00 PM

Hi bulgin,
It's a classic. Read it.

Mine is in rough condition, treat your book well.


infinia 4th August 2006 05:16 AM

Link for technical books on CD ROM contains 3rd and 4th editions. Apparently legal if copyright was not renewed. I have not tried this email nor am I affiliated in anyway to this.

bulgin 4th August 2006 11:11 AM

Do you have a copy of this book?
Hi anatech

My generous friend loaned me the book some years ago. I read it from cover to cover and returned it after a few weeks. When he gave it to me yesterday, he told me he had 3 originally. The second he also gave to another friend.

The content is heavy going but fascinating and still useful.

Besides vintage gear, I also have a small collection of old audio books - some British, some American. And of course, piles of hifi mags... I hear you can't take anything with you - or can you?

A fine weekend to ye all


Family_Dog 4th August 2006 12:19 PM

I bought a copy of this book whilst still at school, aeons ago. Decided all that reading was a bit heavy for a seventeen year old at that time so have never read it. My book is still in mint condition as a result of this :)

I also have a Newnes book, equally as thick, also very interesting and quite unread. In my silliness at the time, I ordered this book together with the RDA Ed. 4 from the local Book Agency (CNA) and when both books arrived at the same time, the price killed my limited pocket money for weeks on end.

I think the price at the time was something equivalent to $3, or GBP1.50. Was certainly big money in those days :)

The RDA 4th edition is, as far as I recall, available on Peter Millet's site as a 25MB download.

Giaime 4th August 2006 12:23 PM

You can download RDH4 here: (you must register, however I strongly suggest you to do so, because of the many many many more tube related (and non) resources and articles.);catd=15

AudioFreak 4th August 2006 01:13 PM

Is anyone aware of a location I can get this as a single file or alternately via ftp?

Brian Beck 4th August 2006 02:26 PM

Pete Millet just scanned RDH4 into an indexed single PDF file:

Pete Millett's technical books - downloads

This one is a 25MB download. His scans are not quite as crisp as the other version that I downloaded that comes in many separate chapter files totaling about 78MB, but it's still quite readable.

Pete’s site has many excellent downloadable books. He is to be commended for this valuable contribution.

I am fortunate to have two hard copies of RDH4, one printed by RCA called "Radiotron Designer's Handbook" and the other a British Iliffe printing called "Radio Designer's Handbook". They have the same content, although the paper is a bit thinner in the British printing, making the book more lap friendly.

I keep the downloads of RDH4 and hundreds of other such files in my laptop for traveling, when carrying heavy books would be too cumbersome.

Family_Dog 4th August 2006 02:26 PM

Hi Dan,

It is available as a 25MB download from here:

There are a lot of other very interesting mouth-watering books available there too...

bulgin 4th August 2006 06:26 PM

Do you have a copy of this book?

Another interesting book (bought new a couple of years ago) is The Life and Times of A D Blumlein (Author: Russell Burns), Published by The Institution of Electrical Engineers, London - ISBN 0 85296 773 X.

regards all


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