DAYS GONE BY: THE CB RADIO CATALOG
[AS IN PHYSICAL, IN-YOUR-HANDS CATALOGS]
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER AES (Amateur Electronic Supply) AND THEIR CATALOG?
I believe AES closed down in 2016. But more to the point, when I first became interested in ham radio (late 70's, early 80's) their catalog was one of the best, with plenty of pages of eye candy, along the lines of the Sears Wish Book. Having been into CB radio since 1968 I'd find 1 or 2 pages of CB stuff: A radio or two, some mobile antennas, and that was about it. Nonetheless I liked flipping through the pages to see what the latest HF rigs were at the time.
|IT'S HARD TO FATHOM THAT THE YAESU FT-207R WAS CUTTING EDGE, BUT IN 1979 IT WAS|
" IMO nothing beat Henshaws..."
Anytime I saw a new AES catalog at the local radio store I picked one up, eventually acquiring a large stack of 'em (along with QST, 73, and Popular Communication magazines).
When I got into CB, in 1968 at Christmas, I had to wait for my Dad's license to come arrive via mail (KDU5960). We lived in, what I call, a small town (under 10k population) and from the local newsstand I became aware of S9 and CB Radio magazines, and through those I discovered Henshaws and Echo catalogs. IMO nothing beat Henshaws.
"Two weeks ago I became further educated and astounded to find..."
But you never know just when you'll be further educated and sometimes astounded on what you know about various topics - Like CB Radio. Two weeks ago I became further educated and astounded to find out that much earlier than 1979, AES had their own CB catalog, and they didn't skimp on it either. Not counting the ordering, ordering details, and credit option pages (which I left out) this catalog went 78 pages beyond that. Their CB only catalog may be old news to some of you, but it was new to me, and when I finally got it (via mail) this officially became the BIGGEST CB Wish Book on my list of CB catalogs.
It took a little bit of time to prepare (scanning, page enhancing, and sizing) but it's all done, and if someone already did it, well, that's okay too...
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND GET YOUR OWN COPY OF THIS BIG, BIG CB CATALOG