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Old 20th Jan 2021, 12:55 pm   #1
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Calling early wireless book collectors.
I have a photocopy of part of a book that has information on how to build (rebuild) a Heterodyne Wavemeter from the 1920's?
The book is most likely called :-
THE RADIO EXPERIMENTERS HANDBOOK,
However I think there may be a series of books with this name, as on one page of the photocopy it says 'End of part II'.
I have the self same disassembled wavemeter and wish to put it back together but I don't have all the information.
I attach a photograph of pages 60 and 61 below.

Can anyone identify the book and author for me please, in the hope I may get hold of a copy from a library?
Thanks in anticipation,
Dave
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Old 20th Jan 2021, 1:04 pm   #2
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Abebooks suggests the author is Phillip Ray Coursey

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/B...-srp1-_-title1
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Old 21st Jan 2021, 9:34 am   #3
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Hi Graham
Thanks for your reply. I had found that one but there is also this:-
https://www.amazon.com/Radio-experim.../dp/B00089CR2M
which clearly is an entirely different book with the same title but different author.
So thanks for your identification, I can hopefully get the seller to cross reference pages 60/61 with my scan to ensure we have the right book?
All the best
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Old 21st Jan 2021, 10:18 am   #4
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Laurence Marsham Cockaday the author of that version appears to have been a prolific American writer of books and magazine articles relating to radio. Google his name.

The Illinois University Library have a copy of the book, so it might be useful to send an email enquiry to them:-

https://i-share-uiu.primo.exlibrisgr...ng=en&offset=0
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Old 21st Jan 2021, 10:27 am   #5
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There's also this one with the same title:

https://archive.org/details/TheRadio...entersHandBook

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Hi,

Just a thought, - the displayed pages show the word 'centre' not center,
so possibly the American books are less likely.

Kind regards
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Old 22nd Jan 2021, 5:42 am   #7
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Dave, you are looking for Part II of the 2nd edition of the Radio Experimenter's Handbook by Philip Coursey (2JK), who at one time was the research editor at Wireless World.

Finding this may be a challenge. It seems that the 1st edition was published around 1922. I think that it was in a single volume. That book is in the public domain in the USA and you can find it at the Hathitrust web site. The book does not show what you have. It does contain the remark at the front that some of the material previously appeared in Wireless World.

The 2nd edition had appeared in two parts by April 1923. That will make it harder to find library copies, as libraries who had the 1st edition (and there are precious few of those) would not have taken the 2nd edition. And caveat emptor if you want to buy a used copy.

Philip Coursey wrote a series of articles titled "The Amateur's Experimental Laboratory" which appeared in 7 parts in Wireless World during April, May and June 1923. The parts were: I - 07/04/1923, II - 21/04/1923, III - 05/05/1923, IV - 19/05/1924, V - 02/06/1923, VI - 16/06/1923 and VII - 30/06/1923

In part II, Coursey discusses "A simple Valve Oscillator and Resonance Indications". He stated that he had already described an instrument for doing this in Part II of his book, and that the WW article was about a breadboard version. If this is what you instrument does, the circuit is straightforward, and may help you to put it back together. FWIW you can find the issues of WW at www.worldradiohistory.com

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Old 22nd Jan 2021, 8:36 am   #8
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You might try contacting one of the UK's 'Legal Deposit' libraries https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_...United_Kingdom. The Bodleian in Oxford appears to have a copy of the 2nd edition referred to by John, for example, https://solo-aleph-prd.bodleian.ox.a...547&format=999. I have a reader's ticket for the Bod and under normal circumstances I should be able to order the volume(s) up and go and read them in the Radcliffe Science Library (a huge underground space where I spent rather a lot of time as a troglodyte undergraduate). The current circumstances are very far from normal, of course ...

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Old 22nd Jan 2021, 3:08 pm   #9
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GJ, well done. The Oxford University library and the National Library of Scotland have both editions. The British Library and Cambridge University library have the first edition only. The National Library of Wales has the second edition only.

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