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There were at least three different Radio Boys series running from 1922 to 1931 as well as a four volume Radio Girls series by Margaret Penrose from 1922 to 1924. The most popular was arguably the Stratemeyer Syndicate's thirteen volume series by Allen Chapman from 1922 to 1930. Journalist Gerald Breckenridge wrote a 10 volume Radio Boys series that ran from 1922 to 1931. J.W. Duffield / Wayne Whipple & S.F. Aaron penned a six volume Radio Boys series from 1922 to 1923, which reprinted the two volume Bill Brown series as its final volumes.

Allen Chapman was a popular Syndicate house name, used on The Darewell Chums, Fred Fenton, Railroad Series, Radio Boys, Tom Fairfield, and other publications.

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The Radio Boys

by Allen Chapman
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Published by Grosset & Dunlap.
Illustrated by Walter S. Rogers
Most of the volumes were written by John W. Duffield
Uniform style of medium-light blue cloth binding.

"Here is a series that gives full details of radio work both in sending and receiving--how large and small sets can be made and operated, and with this real information there are stories about the Radio Boys and their adventures. Each story is a record of thrilling adventures--rescues, narrow escapes from death, daring exploits in which radio play a main part. Each volume is so thoroughly fascinating, so strictly up-to-date, and accurate that all modern boys will peruse them with delight. Each volume has a forward by Jack Binns, the well known radio expert." - Grosset & Dunlap advertisement.

Who the heck is Jack Binns? Glad you asked! Over a century ago, New York held a parade to honor Jack Binns, the 24-year-old British wireless operator of the White Star liner Republic, whose quick thinking and persistence helped save scores of lives when the liner was rammed by a cargo ship in the freezing water off the coast of Nantucket on the early morning of January 23, 1909. Binns continued to work as a radio operator until 1912, when he turned down an assignment on the ill-fated Titanic, after which he took up a career in journalism and writing forewords to the Radio Boys series for Edward Stratemeyer.

  1. The Radio Boys First Wireless or, Winning The Ferberton Prize - 1922
    A captivating tale, showing how several boys of a small town became interested in radiophoning and set about making their own receiving apparatus. They had, of course, a number of rivals, and when a rich man of that vicinity offered a prize for the best made amateur set, their rivals did what they could to bring their hard work to naught, even going so far as to make off with the apparatus that was to be placed in the competition.
    The story gives many directions for building a small wireless receiving set, and also tells of radio work in general, how airships and other vessels have been guided by wireless, how even an automobile has been steered by radio, and how the Government traces an unlicensed sending station.
    A book any boy will read with avidity--and many grown person will also want to dip into it.
  2. The Radio Boys At Ocean Point or, The Message That Saved A Ship - 1922
    The Radio Boys have gone to the seashore for their summer vacation. They set up their radio receiving set on the shore and get great pleasure out of it. They become acquainted with the operator at a big wireless station and during a big storm this operator is attacked and robbed. Wit the operator senseless there is nobody to run the station until the Radio Boys take hold. Then comes in a call for aid from a steamer upon which some of their friends and relatives are passengers!
  3. The Radio Boys At The Sending Station or, Making Good In The Wireless Room - 1922
    The Radio Boys are at Ocean Point fixing a lightning arrester when they see a motor boat dash into a rowboat and several people go overboard. Among those rescued from the wave is a young vaudeville performer who later on obtains a position at a radio sending station. This gives the Radio Boys a chance to get on the program, where they recite to their own delight and the delight of their many friends. The boys also help solve the mystery surrounding a robbery at a hotel.
    This captivating story gives many details concerning radio, and especially the running of a radiophone sending station, For that reason it will be read with equal interest by young and old.
  4. The Radio Boys At Mountain Pass or, The Midnight Call For Assistance - 1922
    This story opens in the woods where the Radio Boys find themselves confronted most unexpectedly by a big bear. Then, after some interesting experiments with radio, the scene is shiffted to Mountain Pass, where the lads, after a thrilling ride through a blinding snowstorm, put up at a big hotel filled with winter guests. Here they presently learn that a Wall Street broker is in danger of being defrauded through a stock transaction and that the man's wife is sick and must have expert medical attention. All telephone and telegraph wires are down, and how the Radio Boys came to the front and got a doctor by wireless, and sent messages through to the Stock Exchange makes reading no reader would care to miss.
  5. The Radio Boys Trailing A Voice or, Solving A Wireless Mystery - 1922
    The Radio Boys are listening to a concert when they suddenly switch to a private message, given in disconnected words which apparently have no meaning. But they recognize the voice as that of a man who in the past had led a shady life. Later on the lads hear of a number of thefts of automobiles, and then a big truck containing goods belonging to the father of one of the boys is held up and looted. At last the lads follow a man through the woods, see him use a radio receiving set fastened to a tree, and later, obtain a note-book containing the mysterious code.
  6. The Radio Boys With The Forest Rangers or, The Great Fire On Spruce Mountain - 1923
    The Radio Boys receive a visit from an old acquaintance who is a Forest Ranger. He tells the lads of what radio has done to spread the news of forest fires and they become anxious to visit the Rangers. Soon comes an opportunity to join these fearless workers for Uncle Sam, and the particulars are given of a fierce conflagration that proved perilous in the extreme.
  7. The Radio Boys With The Iceberg Patrol or, Making Safe the Ocean Lanes - 1924
    The Radio Boys auto to Maine and while there have a chance to take a sea trip to Halifax. In a dense fog their vessel collides with a lumber schooner and they are in danger of drowning when other ships come to their assistance. The boys are transferred to a naval vessel that is on iceberg patrol, as it is called--sending out warnings to all shops of the proximity of large icebergs. The lads have a strenuous time of it, and when the regular radio men are taken sick they jump in and prove that they can also send out messages through the ether. Once they run so close to a monster berg some polar bears leap to the deck of the ship, causing great excitement, and there is more excitement when a big berg is blown up with TNT.
  8. The Radio Boys With The Flood Fighters or, Saving The City In The Valley - 1925
    A fire closes the local school and theRadio Boys receive an invitation to spend a vacation in Horseshoe Valley. They take their best radio set with them and tune in at the farm, much to the delight of Uncle Lon and his wife. There is a dam at the head of the valley and a heavy storm brings on a flood. Then comes a cloud burst which threatens the dam, and all the buildings in the valley are in danger of being swept away. Telephone and telegraph wires are down, but the boys manage to find power enough in the little town to make their radio work and send out frantic calls for assistance. Then they aid the flood fighters in rescuing those less fortunate than themselves..
  9. The Radio Boys On Signal Island or, Watching For The Ship Of Mystery - 1926
    How the Radio Boys went to Signal Island, how they watched the mysterious men come and go between the shore and the ships, how they heard of an almost forgotten treasure, and how they made a discovery that quickly brought the United States authorities to the scene, is told in a manner to please all radio fans.
  10. The Radio Boys In Gold Valley or, The Mystery Of The Deserted Mining Camp - 1927
    An old radio operator had inherited the rights to an abandoned gold mine in the far west and he invited the Radio Boys to join him in a tour of investigation. Some unscrupulous men said the mine was worthless and did all they could to keep the others from getting into the valley. From the very start the Radio Boys found themselves in a whirl of excitement as one thrilling happening followed another. They were caught in a wild storm in the mountains, and when the mine was at last reached some of them became lost in the underground passageways while others were captured by Indians who had left their reservation and were working the claim on the sly.
  11. The Radio Boys Aiding The Snow Bound or, Starvation Days At Lumber Run - 1928
    This is a tale of a lumber camp that found itself completely snowbound. A few days later the storehouse containing practically all of the food for the camp was burned and the boys, who were at the place for a winter vacation, found themselves, along with the lumbermen, facing starvation. But the boys put the wireless in operation, sent out several calls for assistance, and finally got return messages from a government aeroplane station and supplies were soon delivered through the air.
  12. The Radio Boys On The Pacific or, Shipwrecked On An Unknown Island - 1929
    In a keen radio competition the boys won a trip to the Hawaiian Islands and back. The steamer on which they took a trip to some of the smaller islands was wrecked. It looked as if the boys, who had become separated, might all be lost. But one after another then gained the shore of an uninhabited island and there, to their dismay, fell in with several of their enemies. They came upon an abandoned yacht and during a violent storm endeavored to bring this vessel around to a safe harbor. How they fought against one peril after another, how they rigged up a sending station and radioed for help, is told in a manner that is true to life.
  13. The Radio Boys To The Rescue or, The Search For The Barmore Twins - 1930
    When the Radio Boys went into camp on the edge of a pretty lake, they little dreamed of the strange and strenuous adventures into which they would soon be plunged. They had both a receiving and a sending set with them, and these proved their worth a little later when a pair of twin children disappeared. At first the Radio Boys were accused of being in with the kidnappers, but later on they not only proved their innocence, but through the clever use of their radio sets they placed the authorities on the watch and then started an investigation of their own which brought forth astonishing results.

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The Radio Girls

by Margaret Penrose
Published by Cupples & Leon, reprinted by Goldsmith as "The Campfire Girls"
  1. The Radio Girls of Roselawn or, A Strange Message from the Air - 1922
    Showing how Jessie Norwood and her chums became interested in radiophoning, how they gave a concert for a worthy local charity, and how they received a sudden and unexpected call for help out of the air. A girl who was wanted as a witness in a celebrated law case had disappeared, and how the radio girls went to the rescue is told in an absorbing manner.
  2. The Radio Girls on the Program or, Singing and Reciting at the Sending Station - 1922
    When listening in on a thrilling recitation or a superb concert number who of us has not longed to 'look behind the scenes' to see how it was done? The girls had made the acquaintance of a sending station manager and in this volume are permitted to get on the program, much to their delight. A tale full of action and not a little fun.
  3. The Radio Girls on Station Island or, The Wireless from the Steam Yacht - 1922
    In this volume the girls travel to the seashore and put in a vacation on an island where is located a big radio sending station. The big brother of one of the girls owns a steam yacht and while out with a pleasure party those on the island receive word by radio that the yacht is on fire. A tale thrilling to the last page.
  4. The Radio Girls at Forest Lodge or, The Strange Hut in the Swamp - 1924
    The Radio Girls spend several weeks on the shores of a beautiful lake and with their radio get news of a great forest fire. It also aids them in rounding up some undesirable folks who occupy the strange hut in the swamp.

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The Radio Boys

by Gerald Breckenridge
Published by A.L. Burt.
Illustrations: M. Schaeffer (1-5); W.M. Alison (6); P. Schaeffer (7-8); C.R. Schaare (9-10)
  1. The Radio Boys On The Mexican Border - 1922

  2. The Radio Boys On Secret Service Duty - 1922

  3. The Radio Boys With The Revenue Guards - 1922

  4. The Radio Boys Search For The Inca's Treasure - 1922

  5. The Radio Boys Rescue The Lost Alaskan Expedition - 1922

  6. The Radio Boys In Darkest Africa - 1923

  7. The Radio Boys Seek The Lost Atlantis - 1923

  8. The Radio Boys With The Border Patrol - 1924

  9. The Radio Boys As Soldiers Of Fortune - 1925

  10. The Radio Boys With The Air Patrol - 1931

The Radio Boys

by J.W. Duffield or Wayne Whipple & S.F. Aaron
Published by M.A. Donohue - reprints by others.
Volumes 5,6 were originally published by Hurst & Co. as the Bill Brown Series.
  1. The Radio Boys In The Secret Service or, Castaway On An Iceberg - 1922
    by J. W. Duffield

  2. The Radio Boys In The Thousand Islands or, The Yankee Canadian Wireless Trail - 1922
    by J. W. Duffield

  3. The Radio Boys In The Flying Service or, Held For Ransom By Mexican Bandits - 1922
    by J. W. Duffield

  4. The Radio Boys Under The Sea or, The Hunt For The Sunken Treasure - 1923
    by J. W. Duffield

  5. The Radio Boys Cronies or, Bill Brown's Radio - 1922
    by Wayne Whipple and Samuel Francis Aaron

  6. The Radio Boys Loyalty or, Bill Brown Listens In - 1922
    by Wayne Whipple and Samuel Francis Aaron

  7. The Radio Boys And The Sky Pilot (phantom title - never published)
  8. The Radio Boys In The Rockies (phantom title - never published)