de Forest Everyman amateur radio

De Forest Wireless “Everyman” Radio Receiver

The de Forest "Everyman" Receiver (Perham Collection of Early Electronics, History San Jose)
The de Forest “Everyman” Receiver (Perham Collection of Early Electronics, History San Jose)
The popularity of “amateur” (home) radio skyrocketed during the 1920s, as broadcasting stations popped up across the country. This radio telephone and telegraph apparatus (DT-600), known as the Everyman Radio Receiver, was made by de Forest Wireless and used in homes to receive radio signals. The device is housed in a box with a removable lid, containing seven tuning coils. This set was modified by removing the bakelite panel and replacing it with a plastic panel to show the interior. The instructions, here set into the lid, made the set more accessible to the general public.