I recently put in an order to AES for a few items I really didn't need. Fortunately AES ships to APO addresses... while HRO does not. When stateside I prefer to order from HRO, having had great overall past experience with them. Quick delivery, no fuss, no muss. If I have a problem, I can call the store directly. I've also used HRO to give gifts (Father's Day, Christmas, Birthday) to my dad, KD6EUG, and that has worked very smoothly. When I'm back visiting the folks in Sunnyvale, CA - I always try to stop by the HRO store there. It is near Fry's Electronics - not far from Moffett Field. HRO also helped field the US Army Amateur Radio Society and the Baghdad Amateur Radio Society a complete radio setup, to include IC-7000, power supply, CW key, etc. HRO's good people. However... they don't ship to APO addresses, so I ordered from AES. Now AES will allow you to use a stateside billing address, but will send your order to the APO address. But here is the kicker - AES sends an invoice to your billing address... so the XYL gets it and finds out you have been ordering a bunch of stuff you don't really need instead of saving money for our upcoming trip to Europe. But I digress. One of the items I ordered was the August 2007 issue of the periodical Electric Radio. What a wonderful little magazine! I've talked about other radio magazines in the past and lately I've taken a real shine to World Radio.
Electric Radio is a real jewel. Inside the front cover, the magazine states it's intent upfront: Electric Radio is all about restoration, maintenance, and continued use of vintage radio equipment. So what does this have to do with me? I don't restore or use vintage equipment. I wouldn't know the difference between Collins, Drake, National, or anything other type of old, dusty metal cabineted stuff. Despite this, the magazine is still a joy to read. Page 2 talks about Electric Radio's "Honor Your Elmer Contest" - how great of an idea is that?! Page 39 has an amazing article about the life of George Mouridian, W1GAC, SK. The magazine itself is the size of a church pamphlet with a nice sturdy color cover. The pictures inside are black and white - but what better captures the essence of classic radio than black and white photos. The gear is wonderful to see... massive tubes, huge dials, looks like some of the rigs could have easily of come from Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory. I probably won't subscribe and you may not either - but I do recommend you pick up at least one copy to have a look for yourself.