RCA Home Study Radio & TV Course Ad

RCA Radio & TV Course, 1958 Edition

Or, Learn Radio and TV Repair In Your Home.

Old Ad for RCA Institutes: 'RCA Institutes!'

The RCA Institutes was founded in 1909 by Guglielmo Marconi as the Marconi Institute (later renamed the “RCA Institutes”) and was a private post-secondary correspondence school based in Washington, D.C. David Sarnoff was an early graduate of the Marconi Institute, and was one of the founders of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). Sarnoff acquired The Marconi Institute in 1919 and changed the name to RCA Institutes.

After the divisions of RCA Corporation were sold in the 1980s, RCA Institutes was separated from the company and setup as an independent educational institution that eventually changed its name to Technical Career Institutes, or TCI, currently located in mid-town Manhattan, New York. (from a TCI Alumni Newsletter, Spring 2008 ).

All documents open in a new window. Many thanks to ARF (AntiqueRadios.com Forum) member ‘reeves03’ for the original PDFs, and ‘google books’ for the swell ‘RCA Institutes Ad’ from Popular Science Magazine, October 1958.

This site serves as a mirror of the original posting.

Scanning is complete, as of 12/30/2012. This is all I have in original materials. Of course, any test materials were completed by the original owner of this set and we don’t have those. Nor do we have the grade reports. I’ve include graphs, including blank graph paper (or graph paper that was filled in by the student at that time) if it was in the booklet.

Many thanks to Alan, VE3IVO, for the two missing Service Practices 35 and 36, and the Index!


The First 6 Study Groups arrived originally scanned at a higher resolution. Now that all scanning is complete, I can go back and tweak some of these to reduce their size.

Scanning and Preparation Tools are:
A PC running Ubuntu 12.04 on a dual-core, AMD-64 motherboard, using Simple Scan, PDF Mod, and Scan2PDF for document assembly into PDF. GIMP Image Editor 2.6.11 was used for occasional touch-up or image scaling.

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