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atwaterkent
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PostSubject: New to the Forum   June 17th 2018, 12:19 pm

I am new to the forum and my main interest is 20's battery radios. I am starting to feel like it was an unfortunate choice as it seems there isn't much interest among current radio collectors/restorers in these radios, which means there isn't much help for someone like me who is fairly new to this hobby. I was wondering how many users of this forum have any interest in the radios of this era?
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PostSubject: Re: New to the Forum   June 17th 2018, 5:14 pm

Battery radios found me in '63, when an estate was given to me. My early communication with other collectors began in '74 either at meets or through publications.

I still find them intriguing, especially the not so common RF sets and reflexes, in particular well crafted homemade or kit receivers.

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PostSubject: Re: New to the Forum   June 17th 2018, 5:39 pm

There are a lot less battery tube radios in that vintage, just because of the invention of Radio had no commercial stations to start with, one was located in Madison WI. As an experimental University broadcaster WHA. The other was KDKA the only other one that started after WHA. Most recievers were home built or kits to start with,  farmers started getting intrested to hear local farm news, and weather forecasts. Since most rural communities had no electrical power availible the only way was to use batteries. I imagine most radios were quite costly and therefore out of the average persons cost.
I have no knowledge of production numbers. As you have a interest you may find that even newer sets have the same basic functions and wiring.  So if you need assistance in troubleshooting were do have some help here. Don't be discouraged as there are many books from that era that deal with problems encountered.

You can get schematics free online and parts are readily available, however mechanical parts can be a challenge. However consumables are abundent ( tubes,  capacitors, resistors, battery power supplies and such)

There are other forums such as RadioMuseum.org and Antiqueradio.com. that are another resource.
Welcome to our forum, and participate in several different topics as your interest increases.

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