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Northern Radio had an interesting relationship to Technical Materiel Corp.
It was a sister company, since its founder Salvatore Barone, worked as Chief Manufacturing Engineer for Ray de Pasquale (Director of Manufacturing) at Press Wireless during WWII. As the war wound down, Press Wireless fell into financial difficulties and laid off most of its engineering staff, thereby creating several new companies (not unlike Silicon Valley today). An examination of Northern's early products shows that their industrial design was very similar to TMC's, and also like TMC, Northern equipment was very well designed and beautifully made.
There's a bit of a mystery about the early days of TMC and its relationship to Northern Radio, but apparently Sal Barone and Ray de Pasquale remained friends. The ad below was clipped from the March 1944 issue of Electronics magazine:
The company was a competitor as well. In the early days of both companies, there were competing products, including the XFK (TMC) vs the Model 105 (Northern), and the VOX (TMC) vs the Model 115 (Northern). The designs were similar, but not identical.
TMC also used Northern equipment as subsystems in their military systems, so Northern was a collaborator/supplier, in some cases.
A history of Northern Radio needs to be written.. Hint, hint! I'm happy to collect information for this project, but I've been in touch with one of Sal's descendents, who's interested in doing this history, so for now, I'll pass it along to him!
The following brochures and catalogs provide by the Antique Wireless Association Museum Library, with many thanks to Duncan Brown!
|General Equipment Catalog|
|Brochure of Multi-Channel Telegraph Systems|
Communications, Inc. Brochure, listing Northern Radio Equipment
(Northern was acquired by RFC in late 60's)
Some of these manuals were contributed by other collectors.. THANKS! These manuals are hard to come by; if you have any of these on hand that are not listed here, please consider either scanning your manual and sending the scan to me, or lending me the manual for a short time for scanning!