Do check out my main ‘Wanted’ page here.

This page was last updated on Sunday, the 12th May 2023.

There is a wonderful archive of magazines and books related to radio and electronics to be found here. In all honesty, I’ve probably downloaded most of the content. I still prefer looking through paper magazines and having once parted with my collection, I’m again on the lookout to rebuild some of it. If I have written (B) it means I have the issue but need a better condition copy. If I have written (G) it’s a note for me to say the copy is for a friend.

My main interests are magazines with radio related construction articles so I have Ham Radio Today, Practical Wireless, Radio Constructor, Radio Bygones, Radiophile, SPRAT etc.

I’m OK with many of the others such as Radio Communication (RadCom) from the RSGB, Short Wave Magazine and many others, in digital format.

Duplicates I have for exchange are here.

Magazines I need for my collection

Radio Constructor

Most from the 1940s and early 1950s:

Earliest ones: August 1947 to December 1952
1953: Jan through to August, October and November
1954: April, September and October
1955: none needed
1956: February and March


Bound Volume from August 1965 to July 1966 (see below)
1962: October and December
1963: January, October and December
1964: January, April, June through to October

Later issues:

1972: January through to July, November
1973: January and September
1974: September
1975 and 1976: none needed
1977: September/October (combined issue), November and December
1978: February, March and June through to December
1979: April, June through to August, October and December
1980: January, May through to July, September through to December
1981: February, April through to August/September…the last ever issue

I also collect the bound volumes and need: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 through to 18

Practical Wireless (PW)

Before 1949 I need quite a lot, I don’t need to go back before September 1940, when the magazine became a monthly publication. That said, I’d be glad to take any earlier ones you have to save them being lost.

1940, 1941, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948: all issues needed
1942: all except January
1946: February
1949: January
1950: November and December
1951: January
1953: October with Coronet Four blueprint – the blueprint alone would be fine
1954: December
1955: January
1956: March, April and May
1958: February, September (B) and December
1959: August
1960: October
1963: March (G), August
1964: January and February, plus September (G) and October (G)
1967: December
1968: January, February and August, also December (G)
1969: May, September, November (B) and December
1970: January (B), February (B) and May (B)
1972: April (B)
1977: May (G)
1978: November (G)

I have many duplicates for exchange.

SPRAT Magazine from the G-QRP Club

I have these on DVD but again, like paper copies

I need:

1 to 32, 34 to 47, 49 to 52, 56, 60, 106, 107, 109, 117 to 124.

Radio Bygones

I need issues: 61, 64, 65, 69, 83, 88, 89, 90, 91 and 134.

Radiophile Magazine

I have issues 40, 49 & 50, 51, 55 & 56, 57, 64, 71, 80, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 106, 113, 118, 119, 120, 122, 140 to 144 which is the last one I believe. If you have any of the missing ones, that would be great.

I am also putting together a collection of BVWS Bulletins and VMARS Signal magazines

I have some of these already, but please drop me a line if you have any in need of a new home.

WANTED by a fellow magazine collector

The following are wanted by someone who has helped me with my collection. Do you have any of these magazines?

  • Amateur Radio (1980’s) – undated issue 1982, no. 2. no. 3, March 1983, and some of the very last issues around 1990
  • Radio Today – the last 16 or so issues after it changed name from Ham Radio Today
  • T&R Bulletins – 1925-1926 and about three from 1929 and 1931 (unobtanium ?)
  • Marconigraph – April 1913, Vol 1, No. 1, for a friend. (unobtanium ?)

Magazines I have for exchange – this has been moved HERE.