December 1958 Issue
|Editor||Don Field G3XTT|
|Publisher||PW Publishing Ltd.|
Practical Wireless is a British radio and electronics magazine, now published monthly by PW Publishing of Broadstone, Dorset. The current editor (2013) is Don Field, G3XTT.
The magazine was founded in 1932 (as a supplement) by FJ Camm (brother of Sydney Camm), of George Newnes Publishers. It became an independent weekly in that year, then monthly in 1940 (due to wartime paper shortages). Camm was editor until his death in 1959: it was often referred to affectionately as 'Camm's comic'. Practical Television was a supplement to the magazine for a short while before the war and became a separate publication in 1950.
Clive Sinclair was, allegedly, for a period, the assistant editor for Practical Wireless, after writing articles for them since his school days. Sinclair Radionics also advertised their products extensively in the magazine. However, his involvement as anything other than a freelance contributor has been disputed (see Talk page).
The magazine covered mainly wireless (radio) topics. In 1964, the non-wireless articles were 'spun off' as a separate magazine Practical Electronics (now published as Everyday Practical Electronics by Wimborne Publishing Ltd, Ferndown, Dorset and which also subsumed Electronics Today International). In the early 1980s, Practical Wireless became dedicated entirely to amateur radio.