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Olde RM
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Join date : 2018-04-28

PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   April 28th 2018, 11:26 am

I am a retired electronics engineer and active ham radio operator.  I have restored a 1936 Crosley and a WWII-era BC-series receiver and transmitter to operational status.  I am presently repairing a circa 1925 Lafayette Neutrodyne receiver.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   February 27th 2018, 7:02 am

Hello everyone, Bob here. I'm an Electrical Engineer and have just retired (for the second time-I was called back) from GE after 50 years' service in the Power Division. Back in the day I served in the US Army Signal Corps in fixed station radio. I have two classic Ford cars, a 31 Model A Coupe and a 36 Cabriolet.
I have 3 Zenith tube type Transoceanics, all different models. The B600 I've recapped, changed out the selenium rectifier, and totally cleaned up case and chassis. It was the first I've attempted to restore.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   January 15th 2018, 11:21 pm

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Hello everyone. I am retired Navy and once upon a time they let me work on electronics. However as time went on, being put in charge of increasingly large groups of people who worked on electronics, my knowledge base aged and shipboard equipment was modernized, and frankly I got to the point where I hated even the sight of lists of "down" equipment and had to concentrate on the likelihood that the part the tech wanted to order would actually fix the bugger or was only an attempt to free himself from standing in front of it.

On to the case in point.....back in the early 70's I gave my nephew a working 1935 RCA model 243 and it hasn't worked in years. Well, he's moved into my area and is mildly interested it getting it to work. Any assistance in locating a schematic and/or the appropriate section of an RCA redbook for this radio would be appreciated.
Just Retire From Puget Sound Naval Shipyard myself in 2004, OH MY! has it been that Long?
I mention my experiences throughout the forum. Did a 7-year stint at Long Beach Naval Shipyard too.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   December 29th 2017, 4:41 pm

Hello everyone. I am retired Navy and once upon a time they let me work on electronics. However as time went on, being put in charge of increasingly large groups of people who worked on electronics, my knowledge base aged and shipboard equipment was modernized, and frankly I got to the point where I hated even the sight of lists of "down" equipment and had to concentrate on the likelihood that the part the tech wanted to order would actually fix the bugger or was only an attempt to free himself from standing in front of it.

On to the case in point.....back in the early 70's I gave my nephew a working 1935 RCA model 243 and it hasn't worked in years. Well, he's moved into my area and is mildly interested it getting it to work. Any assistance in locating a schematic and/or the appropriate section of an RCA redbook for this radio would be appreciated.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   July 26th 2017, 1:05 pm

Glad to see you becoming active, Welcome back MEZLAW !

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   July 26th 2017, 4:27 am

Very Happy Well.....I'm not a new member but I've been inactive for several years so maybe I should re-introduce myself!

My name is Larry and I like to restore AA5's.  I prefer radios of the 1940's with point to point wiring, octal tubes and wooden cabinets.  I also like rengenerative radios, especially Knight Kits by Allied Radio.

I did get my ham radio license a little over a year ago and was asigned KM4QVA.  I have recently changed it to K4LRM.

I am the owner of L&S Communications Group Inc. which installs business telephone systems and computers as well as computer networks.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   June 16th 2017, 9:53 pm

Great to see you join. POTS Don! My mom was born and raised in Flint. My grandpa worked in the Ford Plant as a supervisor on the line. Model T and A.
So mechanics are in my blood.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   June 16th 2017, 7:09 pm

Welcome!  The Signal Corps taught me to repair tube first, then solid state equipment.  It can be a good basis for ones' electronic training.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   June 16th 2017, 6:20 pm

Hello to All: My name is Don, I am a recent watcher and now a member.
      
  I have enjoyed radios and electronic stuff since childhood, and have

built from scratch or kits various radios, amplifiers, and other electronic

devices.

  I served for 3 years in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. (67-70) and retired

after 30 years service from the local Telephone Company as a Station

Repairman/Cable Maintenance Tech.

  Now days I collect old radios from my past, ones I used to have, and

ones I have lost, and ones I wished I had

  Looking forward to being a part of this Forum.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   May 19th 2017, 2:55 pm

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Name is Chuk Gleason, and (obviously) call is kb4mdz.  

Joined in large part because I've just collected a radio and 2 field phones from a neighbor who is moving away.  Radio has no tubes in it, but what sockets are in there are 4 pin.  No name on the wooden cabinet, just the dials. 2 vernier dials, one control which moves a coil thru a range of motion inside another, from parallel to the outer coil form, to 90 degrees from the outer coil, for coupling.  I've forgotten most of what I read about old radio designs; might this be a goniometer?   Question 

connections on the back for various batteries, and aerial.  

Already guesstimating, pre-WWII.

 When I get a picture of the front I'll upload it.  

Thanks!!
Doesn't sound right they are called Variometer or Varicoupler.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   May 19th 2017, 2:26 pm

Welcome criageek and Aris!

Dig right in and help out with questions, problems, and solutions.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   May 10th 2017, 8:38 pm

Sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy.  We would be happy if you included us in your projects.  Post often to let us know your progress,  Post some pictures.  We are here to help anyway we can.  Good luck!
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PostSubject: New Member   May 9th 2017, 6:14 pm

I'm a new user here and want to introduce myself.  My name is Rich and I'll be 62 in a few days.  I worked my entire career at a midwestern defense and aerospace contractor, first as an electronics technician and then as a geek.  And I AM a geek.  I love electronics and I love computers.  I build small electronics projects, including designing and etching my own circuit boards.  I write smart phone apps and desktop apps.  I hate Windows, but use it when I need to, but my preferred OS is Linux (Ubuntu).  I also enjoy my cars (a '79 RX-7 that I bought new, a '64 MGB that I restored, and an '85 RX-7 that I restored, as well as my daily driver) and golf.

I'm new to the radio restoration hobby.  My first efforts are a '42 GE LC-628 and a Philco 47-1230. I started with the GE because it's pretty simple and I have the radio working well.  Just need to refinish the cabinet.  I have it stripped and cleaned.  The Philco is my baby.  It belonged to my grandparents and I repaired it when I was 17, in 1972.  I recently decided I wanted to make it work again.  I recapped it and I have the AM section working, although the output is quite low and not many stations.  Nothing from the FM and shortwave yet.  The cabinet is in good enough shape that I won't be refinishing it...just cleaning it up.

I recently picked up a Fairbanks-Morse 72T (1936 I think).  This looks like a very nice radio...very cool dial!  Cabinet is in solid shape.  The top is a little rough, but I think it'll clean up ok.

Tomorrow I'm going to pick up my next project...a Balkeit 52 (1932 I think).  It looks like it's complete except the knobs and the cabinet looks solid.  Should be fun.  Never heard of Fairbanks-Morse or Balkeit before now  lol.

I also picked up a tube tester this past weekend...a Jackson 115.  It seems to work ok, but needed some cleaning and the glass in the meter was broken.  Now that it's cleaned up and the glass has been replaced with plexiglas it looks pretty nice.  I'll be posting in the test equipment section shortly with the lone remaining issue with it.

I'd have included some pictures here but don't see a way to add them.

Rich
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   May 3rd 2017, 9:20 am

Been expecting some to be more active, your more than welcome to be very active here. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   May 3rd 2017, 8:46 am

I've been a member for awhile, but I may not have introduced myself.

I have been in the old radio hobby for almost 40 years, but like a lot of guys my age, I'm starting to wind it down.  I am mainly into Magnavox stereos at this point.  I'm looking for a Magnavox Stereo Theater.  Basically a console stereo with a 27" black and white TV set in it.  I'd like to see a little more activity on this forum and maybe we can work together to make that happen.  Best to you all.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   April 30th 2017, 6:12 pm

hi everyone
my name is Aras....i'm just a hobbyist and i have a small collection of vintage tube and transistor radios.
in my spare time i repair radios , mostly with the help of gentlemen like you. 
thank you for accepting me as a new member
 yours

Aras
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   April 23rd 2017, 9:00 am

Welcome to:
LizD & Joao Almeida

We are waiting to hear more about your hobby and solutions and problems.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   April 22nd 2017, 2:17 pm

Hi all!!!
My name is Joao Almeida, 53 yo,  I'm from Portugal and I studied electronics in Portuguese Air Force school in 1982.
I have studied Tubes, Transistors and Microprocessors (Intel 8088) :-).
Now I am retired from Air Force and sometimes I repair some "old" radios.
So, nice "meet you" and best regards for all.

Joao Almeida
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PostSubject: Curious about my old tube radio!   April 17th 2017, 8:18 am

My name is Elizabeth and this radio was my grandpa's who has long since past. I loved this radio and remember singing , concert style to my grandparents always after dinner. I'm hoping someone can tell me more about it. The tubes are still there and I don't believe they work. It needs a good cleaning. The sticker inside says Westinghouse model 785 AC Radio Receiver. The schematics are shown on the sticker also. The tube unit itself says made in canada. So I'm wondering if the shell and unit are the same year. The unit has model 785 stamped on it too so I'm not really sure. There is a separate safety metal stamp that says 1976 on it as well.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   March 29th 2017, 1:36 pm

Nice that you could register. Welcome Patrick!

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   March 29th 2017, 6:29 am

Hello, my name is Patrick, and I've been retired for 2-years and now live in West Virginia.  Last spring I was cleaning out my basement and ran across a GE table top radio that I inherited from my grandfather in 1968.  I boxed it up in 1977 after a failed attempt to restore it due to missing parts.  It's been in the storage box ever since.  When I discovered it, I asked my wife what we should we do with it.  She had a great suggestion that with the internet today, I might be able to find the parts and finish the restoration.  Sure enough she was correct.  Not only did I restore that 1941 beautiful table top, it inspired me to restore a 1933 RCA console that had been dormant in our living room since I bought it at an auction in 1977.  Now I can't take all the credit as I found a wonderful coach/mentor in the radio restoration business who was a big help.  Since this keeps my interest and justifies all the tools I've purchased over the years, I now have six broken tube radios "in-waiting".  What brought me to this site was my purchase of a Jackson Tube Tester Model 49.  I was looking for some information and this forum popped up.  Right now I'm working on a Crosley radio/phono, but when finished I hope to begin work on the Jackson Tube Tester.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   December 3rd 2016, 3:19 pm

Happy to have you on board Chuk.
When you post your picture,  look for the topic most appropriate and post it there, with a description of the plans for, or work you have done to it.

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PostSubject: New member, Raleigh, NC   December 3rd 2016, 1:30 pm

Name is Chuk Gleason, and (obviously) call is kb4mdz.  

Joined in large part because I've just collected a radio and 2 field phones from a neighbor who is moving away.  Radio has no tubes in it, but what sockets are in there are 4 pin.  No name on the wooden cabinet, just the dials. 2 vernier dials, one control which moves a coil thru a range of motion inside another, from parallel to the outer coil form, to 90 degrees from the outer coil, for coupling.  I've forgotten most of what I read about old radio designs; might this be a goniometer?   Question 

connections on the back for various batteries, and aerial.  

Already guesstimating, pre-WWII.

 When I get a picture of the front I'll upload it.  

Thanks!!
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   December 2nd 2016, 6:27 pm

Dan, Good to see you tell us about yourself.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   December 2nd 2016, 10:17 am

hello everyone.
 My name is Dan Walker, and I am 71 years old. I live in Calgary Alberta, and I have been collecting antique radio for about 10 years. I have no formal training in electronics, but through the years I have learned  a lot about restoring them.
  I like the Canadian radios such as  Rogers,  and Marconi.
 I have two rogers 10-12 radios and three Marconi floor models plus a lot of others.
I especially like restoring the cabinets, but it sure is nice when I restore the electronics and they end up working good.
 I am always looking for Rogers parts. I hope I can learn  more from this forum and I know I can contribute , especially in the area of cabinet restoration.
  I just have to figure out how to post photos on this forum.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   November 10th 2016, 5:02 pm

Hello Max and Kriss. Please participate by posting questions and answers and your discoveries.
By doing that we will get more visitors, and then you will get a more diverse advice, knowledge and friendships.

Delighted to have you join.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   November 10th 2016, 12:51 pm

Hello!!  I am Kriss. I'm 59 and just retired from a 35 year teaching career as a HS/JHS science teacher and coach.  I am learning a new hobby in restoring vintage radios.  I have basic knowledge of electricity. I have done all the electrical wiring/conduits/panels/subpanels etc. in the 3 home additions that I've done here at my place in rural El Dorado County in California. What I lack is experience with circuits in electronic devices like the tube radios I am beginning to collect. I am hoping to pick the brains of the Masters here at Antique-Radio-Lab.  Thanks in advance for your patience in answering what I am sure will be a myriad of basic questions about electronics.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   September 12th 2016, 6:36 pm

Max Hendrickson
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   September 3rd 2016, 9:49 pm

We are happy that you have joined our forum Don, browse around for subjects that interest you. If you feel you could address any of the forum threads with questions or added information, please do participate. Welcome.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   September 3rd 2016, 9:39 pm

I have been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1957.  My interest in electronics led to my career in information systems and now as a professor at a university.  Thanks for providing this site for connecting others with similar interests in the hobby of radio restoration and all the other facets of electronics.  73
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