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McBarry
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PostSubject: New member intro..   July 19th 2011, 11:05 am

First topic message reminder :

Hi folks,
I'm David, I live in Canberra, Down Under, and confess a love of valve gear.
Specifically guitar amps, and have joined the site to further my slowly growing knowledge..
I'm also on a steep learning curve for valve testers - just gained a Jackson 637 and am trying to learn about it and am planning to service it B4 testing my growing collection of valves..
I don't know a whole lot about radio's per se, but pls don't hold that against me..LOL
I'll chime in probably infrequently, but have bookmarked the site and will call back regularly.
Cheers, David
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   August 27th 2012, 10:36 am

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Hello there, folks!

I'm a complete noob (newbie) when it comes to electronics and radio, so sadly, i don't have much knowledge at all but hope to learn much and pass on the knowledge i acquire.

i'm from southern california and have recently started collecting old radios/record players.

Thanx!
-joe
If you are intrested in radios just as a collection that's OK, but if you want to repair, you will need to go to several forums to get information on electronics. There are soldering tutorials, electrical safety (Very Important), parts you need to order, basic tube electronics ,basic electrical, theory, Math, and of course schematics understanding or you will be lost. Find out about AC inductance, capacitance, reactance, Frequencies etc.
There are many basic books on electronics that are available in PDF format that are free on line also.
It can be a challenge, but the need to succeed in this field is a basic stepping stone.

Just to give you some assurance I also started my trail to radio in In Long Beach California at the age of 13 or 14 and I tried to build a crystal radio from a cub scout book. It was the Fox hole radio using a razor blade and a pencil lead with diaper pins to hold the lead. And a crystal earphone, I wound my own coil but didn't get it to work so I started going to the surplus store and bought my first rocket crystal radio then was hooked. So hang in there New Guy!

Heres a great link for Navy series of Electronics Books (NEETs)

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   August 27th 2012, 6:53 am

hello folks

i am jerry---k5psh----joined some time back, but failed to introduce myself--inertia is my enemy--

i began my interest in radios at about age six--that would have been 1950--i'm really not much of a technician, but i enjoy the forums and read to learn--i have been a ham since 1958--did 4 years in the army security agency as a morse intercept operator--
i enjoy building and listening to crystal radios--prior to about 2004 i had no idea what could be accomplished with so simple a device--it is the ultimate in the "low power" experience--it takes the burden off the other end and places it directly on the shoulders of the one who wants to do the most with the least--

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PostSubject: new guy...   August 18th 2012, 10:04 am

Hello there, folks!

I'm a complete noob (newbie) when it comes to electronics and radio, so sadly, i dont have much knowledge at all but hope to learn much and pass on the knowledge i acquire.

i'm from southern california and have recently started collecting old radios/record players.

Thanx!
-joe
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PostSubject: Welcome to more new members   July 25th 2012, 10:59 pm

Good to see all of you newer members, please do join in our discussions, we consider no question or answer trivial. Just consider yourself at home here. Whether you are a newbie or an old timer, consider yourself on a level playing field for discussion's. If you have questions, that's very welcome here. You may have a question or comment that is original, and hasn't been explored or thought of yet. And to the more experience among us also have room to expand our experience, and skills in explaining, methods and techniques, and being taught a thing or two. Surprised

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   June 24th 2012, 10:45 pm

Glad your Here, Just jump in and don't be shy, seems like a lot of guys here are in your ballpark, so we don't run out of topics, so the more the better.
From Another old, gee! I forgot what we were discussing. Very Happy Too many schematics and not enough solder.

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PostSubject: New User.   June 24th 2012, 7:54 am

Hi Guys, i live at the moment in England, have quite a largish collection of vintage radios, approx 300, test gear, including a large collection of Avo,s, Signal gennies, Scopes inc Tek 535 and 545, numerous others, capacitor bridges, infact loads of radio related things, books going back to 1922, as you see quite a radiio nut, even a collection of boatanchors inc a AR88LF working, it looks like the sort of forum that has people like me, its nice to meet you all and hope to get to know you guys ps i am a 65 year old fart born May 19th 1947, interests well just look above, this says it all, username phasedout just like the old vintage radios i have, but vintage is the best ..kind......regards....Alan
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   June 9th 2012, 10:11 pm

A warm Hello and welcome to:

N4LNU
Charlie Bennetch

and also

W8ZV
Kim Herron


Our Ham Population is growing. cheers
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PostSubject: Hi All!!   June 9th 2012, 10:43 am

W8ZV here. Name is Kim Herron, User ID is my amateur call. I'm an old fart. Got interested in old radios when I was 10 years old and that was 49 years ago. The first box I fixed and used was a GE E-129. My uncle had a radio repair shop in Saranac MI and he gave me my first set of test gear (most of which I still have), his NRI radio course (which I went through during the summer between 6th and 7th grade), and a GOB of parts, etc. Got my first ham call in 1970 (WN8FYX), and went through RETS electronics in Grand Rapids MI WHILE I was in high school. Went to work for an OEM electronics manufacturer in GR and ended up in the copier industry for 10 years working for Litton Industries. I don't work in the electronics field anymore, but I am in maintenance working for the USPS. Radios are a hobby, and all the ham gear glows in the dark. Two tone grey stuff (Collins).
My wife and I still live in West MI, in the woods. THe electrical noise is nonexistent, and nobody complains about the antennas. We go to one radio show a year in Lansing MI, the MARC extravaganza. I enjoy fixing the old stuff for other people and taking on stuff that nobody else can fix (within reason).

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   June 9th 2012, 8:36 am

N4LNU
Charlie Bennetch
I have a basement full of radio projects. I am 62 but I'd better live forever so that I can fix at least 1/2 of them. High on my list is a Swan Astro 102BX and a National NC 57. The NC 57 is s sentimental acquisition, in that one like it was my first SWL rig I had as a teenager.

I just got a Globe King 500D. A unique part of history, a rig that cost $5K and which never worked.I will be looking for a collector who wants a shameful bit of ham history and a rig that will never go on the air.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   June 1st 2012, 11:43 am

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I've been on the forum for a while, but never posted a lot.

Native of Olympia WA

45 years as a TV/radio repair tech amongst other things.
I own my own business repairing TV's & radios, selling tubes & parts, and odds & ends.
Hoping to have a website up & going soon.

Member of ARF and the UK forums, and Tube Collectors of America.
Ham radio operator since the mid 70's; WB7ELC.

My S.O. & I own 2 dogs, 2 fish, and are staff for 3 Fur People.
The 2 outside cats love to come in and help me "sort tubes" in the storage. They literally pound on the door with their paws or get on the roof and stomp around on it until I let them in. The house cat has a penchent for finding any small part I drop and leaves it on the hallway floor where I can easily step on it -er- I mean find it.
(He has found several things I have lost and had no hope of finding again. Amazing actually. Usually he takes 1-2 weeks to find it and "leave it out" for me.)

I collect radios, tube boxes, tubes, electronics service literature, books of several types besides electronics & SF. Interests include Blacksmithing, fishing, shaggy dog stories, My interests are pretty much anything. I also make SF props, vampire teeth, etc. ( Won 1st place at a SF con for my Klingon costume I made fron scratch).




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Great to have you on our forum Frank.
Since you mentioned TVs which I don't dabble into, too much circuitry for me widdle brain--LOL
I though as a trade or not, (By the way I posted you a PM about a loop-stick. I was just thinking, are you interested in old magazines about TV repairs?)
I Bought a number (approx. 35) of them a couple of weeks ago ( all RADIO-ELECTRONICS) and they have a musty smell to High Heaven, ACHHHH CHOO!!! Wow!
But they are all complete and well kept.
Maybe you would like them? Free of course or trade . It would take at least 2 shipping boxes
If not, I will post them for sale to cover postage here on our forum.

My sentence's are incomplete but you get the ramblings I hope?

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Cliff,
If they are not issues I already have, I am interested.
If you are going to be at the Hamfair in Elma on Sat, I can try to dig it out from where ever I put it and bring it.


Look into my eyes.......
Repeat after me...........
You will be at the Hamfair on Saturday
You will be at the Hamfair on Saturday
You will be at the Hamfair on Saturday
You will be at the Hamfair on Saturday






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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   May 30th 2012, 11:07 pm

Welcome Randy and join in our discussions. With your experience you will be a real asset.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   May 29th 2012, 7:55 pm

Hello all, just found out about this site from ARF. Name is Randy. Username is my ham call. I am a broadcast engineer in southern West Virginia
taking care of four fm stations and two am stations. Been in broadcasting for almost 40 years now and dabbling with radios and electronics since I was 12. Started out working in a few radio and tv shops and ended up working in radio and tv broadcasting.
Finally got around to getting my ham license about four years ago. I have a collection of boatanchors, some that work and a lot that don't. Hard to find time to
work on them as I stay fairly busy with work but I do enjoy old radios and test equipment.
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PostSubject: More New Members registering   May 8th 2012, 12:56 pm

Welcome to our Radio workbench, all of you are given applause for joining. May your stay and visits help you and your contributions help others. So join in and have fun!

monowarulhakim

Philshells

crobrd

porboys

K5WGY

carmech

deteugtho

We now have 128 registered users!

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   April 5th 2012, 12:58 am

This is great! Here are More Members that have Joined.
Welcome to each one.

dbilling

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jstarr001

rkoonce

bekker

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   February 29th 2012, 10:45 pm

Indeed, welcome, Mike.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   February 18th 2012, 5:09 pm

More new members:

johnnycanuck

fluid

N2BEW

Mike DeMeo

AD1OS

Thank you for joining. I'm sure you will find Our Friends here will give and receive your questions, responses and answers with interest and enjoyment. Even challenging.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   February 3rd 2012, 2:00 pm

Welcome! Mike,Glad your here.
I found one of the crystal radios I used to have as a boy, found it on EBay a Remco set.
I didn't realize how junky they were but at the time it was a real treasure.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   February 2nd 2012, 4:28 pm

GE all. My name is Mike and I have been in and out of radio for around 55 years. IT started with my father's National Radio Institute stuff way back, and he brought home stuff for me like Philmore and Remco crystal sets. I received my ham license in 1964, thru the efforts of two hams in the neighborhood, and thank them all to this day.
I retired from the fire service about two years ago, and have gotten more involved with building again. Last fall I came across boxes of "stuff" that my father and I had accumulated and decided to use some of it. Seems like it's just right for crystal sets and simple tube/transistor projects.
I am currently immersed in a crystal set that may never be finished.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   January 28th 2012, 9:52 pm

Heres a new group of Members:

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CarlF

zenithite

dujob

Edd

aceandy

bakermister

Dietze4

Take your shoes off and make yourself at home here, Welcome door is open!

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   January 10th 2012, 11:25 am

Some more Members now on board Very Happy

Carl French

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Perry Mundorff

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   January 3rd 2012, 11:09 am

Well Cameraman just take a picture of our forum anytime. Click LOL

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PostSubject: Another Source   January 2nd 2012, 4:54 pm

Just jumped over from Tube Radio Forum, Glad to have another Venue to Post In, thanks for the Invite!
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   December 30th 2011, 7:46 pm

Hi copain! your age shouldn't frighten anyone here, except the younger whippersnappers! Suspect
Delighted to have you as a member. Just Pop-in any time your in our forum neighborhood.

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PostSubject: Hello from central Michigan    December 30th 2011, 3:15 pm

My user name is copain, which is French for pal or friend. I'm not of French background but I do love the French language. I'd state my age but it might frighten you; instead, I'll say that my background is schoolteacher and professional book editor. I pretty well taught myself fundamental electronics. In the 1970s-early 1980s I had my own radio-TV repair shop in New Hampshire. It didn't do well profitwise but I enjoyed the work. After reaching retirement age I went fulltime into antique radio collecting and restoring. I have a collection of about 50 radios, all of which I restored to fine working and appearance condition. My favorite makes are RCA, Silvertone, Airline, and Grunow. When I was growing up in Detroit, my parents had an RCA model 85T; my memory is excellent and I can remember when my father brought it home new, mainly so that we could listen to my uncle singing once a week on Detroit's WMBC, whose studios were located in a hotel on Woodward Avenue. In the early 1930s a radio political commentator was murdered in this hotel. I acquired an 85T several years ago from a collector in Southern Illinois; it needed a lot of restoration work but it is my favorite radio and I listen to it every day.

My current interest is in constructing home AM transmitters, and I have posted a message regarding this in another section of this forum.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   December 29th 2011, 7:54 am

Thanks Cliff.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   December 28th 2011, 11:59 am

welcome aboard KRYSTALLO

Sounds like you have a lot of tales to tell. Enjoy our forum and don't be bashful. All experiences are welcome here.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   December 28th 2011, 8:25 am

Hey All,

I am Kevin ( "Krystallo"), ham callsign N1NQC.

I got started in radio when I was 8 years old ( just turned 51 on Dec 6). My brothers dug out my dad's old RCA tube AM/SW set which had laid for years under an old tarp in the basement.Using that radio my dad had tracked all the battles of WW II on a giant wall map w/ flag pins. His house a had large zig zag antenna on the attic rafters.Prior to buying the RCA with his paper route money , he built a crystal set for WBZ.Later he would get his masters in EE and work on many aspects of defense work,including the atomic weapons program.But it all started with radio.

We fired her up in the basement on a short bit of antenna wire and amazingly we heard a two way conversation from Scotland Yard in London and a German b'cast. I was hooked. OF COURSE I destroyed that radio by fiddling with it later on !

My first project was a LONGWAVE crystal radio ( WHY I have NO idea !). It didn't pick up anything. Then my dad bought me a Philmore Little Wonder slider crystal set.Despite HUGE signals at our Boston area home,it didn't work either.

Then I bought the Radio Shack 28-207 crystal set and FINALLY I had something that worked like a champ (actually ear splitting loud at times).I LOVED those 207's and couldn't get enough of them.I'd buy 2 or 3 at a whack just to have extra parts to play around with.I didn't know of any mail order houses in those days. I have some 207's off ebay stored away in the shop.

By the time I was 10 I had a Hallicrafters S-120a and an E-W and a N-S long wire. It worked GREAT, MUCH long dx ! I have a 120a now,but it's not the same one I had as a kid.

The rest , as they say, is history ! A huge number of crystal sets, home brew and factory, general coverage receivers ( Radio Shack Dx 150, Icom R-70, Icom R-71a, et al), CB's, AA5 tube sets and more recently a BUNCH of ham gear.

I am still an AVID crystal set builder and have a ton of 1920's and newer parts to play with.

I am interested everything from "DC to daylight"- VLF "Natural Radio" (sferics, whistlers, tweeks, dawn chorus,etc). I have some commercial gear and also some home brew stuff for VLF, most notably my "Lightning Bug" "receiver". Moving up in frq I like Afro/Euro LW b'cast and beacon dxing, AM b'cast DXing, SW( especially utility and tropical b'cast dxing), 10 M ham mobile/QRP operations, and V/UHF (formerly) all the way up to 1290 Mhz.Currently I the highest I work is on 900 Mhz, simplex and rptr.

I'm into propagation study,meteorology ( I worked for 10 yrs as a volunteer at the NWS Blue Hill Observatory Climate Research Station at Milton, MA), aviation ( I am a private pilot), misc Earth phenomena, "close in " astronomy(visible planets inward), gardening ( especially tomatoes) , etc, etc, etc

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   December 25th 2011, 10:46 am

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Welcome jeswonderin!

I started out with a crystal radio for Christmas in 57-or so, found a radio chassis and plugged it in and it worked, of course with bare feet found out it could shock me on concrete floor, so I learned the first terms of electricity and insulation and shock, LOL.

Also had High school radio course and built 1 tube radio. When In high school, newest car radios were transistor hybrids and I used to get old tube radios from trash heap in the auto radio repair shop on the way home from school. Then college ,Industrial electricity, studied Naval Electronics correspondence courses as a Civil servant at same time, during Vietnam era. Stayed working for Navy, Ah Yes WRT2 I overhauled many of the Tuners and couplers too! Made a few mods too!  They sent me to college and learned digital, analog electronics ,solid state electronics and devices, computers, I started to be the first in my classes to hand in assignments with a Commodore 64 and epson 9 pin dot matrix printer, using Basic language programming to make printed assignments, and test's. 

Moved onto Computers Navy Test equipment Calibration Lab, Implemented a Hazmat and Hazmaterial storage and scrap metals for our Electronics Shop 67, and  till retirement, retired 6 years now.

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PostSubject: hi, nice furniture, when do we eat?   December 24th 2011, 9:15 pm

came over for a visit, from radioboard. like it here. may stay a while if the fleas aren't too bad.

started dreaming back in conn as a very young kid. some neighbor/ham/nut/? tossed a pile of chassis over the junk cliff, i found them and hauled the whole mess home to the dark, dank cellar under my folk's 1800's house. it grew and soon was thought of as the mad scientist's lab. i pulled everything apart i touched, got fingers smacked a lot, but learned to love the stuff.

meshna and fair radio sales big then with really cheap war surplus electronics. i bought whatever my soda bottle sales brought in, and promptly tore it apart... what a wealth of wonderous doo-dads littered every corner. stuff like that nowadays would put my kid thru college.

built xtal radio from cigar box plans in pop tronics ? had pile of wires around box, meshna microwave diode detector, usaf phone set, worked well. later bought typical catswhisker gizmo from back of funny book for 29 cents, made another radio, and kept on

once was a navy et guy, back in 60's. worked shipboard comm gear, got prez award for keeping wrt2 xmtr working with rubber bands during time red chinese were harassing us near turkey.

two things influenced my life: lady renting apt from mom was a document reproducer. she gave me a huge binder of gobbledegook that i pored over, but understood little. turned out to be some of the earliest engineering work on materials later to be called semi-conductors and ics. next shot was much later on. shipboard i was trying to order my etn2 course book, but they sent instead 'digital applications and mine-firing techniques'. i fell in love with boolean, digital, binary, octal and logics.

end result was a job at rca main frames. made them work after assembly. next went on to program the computers that tested ics, from wafer fab to final qa tests at itt (had original fairchild patents) and rca again, ala cosmac 1802. suggested to their engineers we might put all the other chips in one case with microprocessor... they laughed. what did i know. o well. can you say intel? amd?

been my own pc company past 30 years. set up business systems, trained them, then got stuck there for years at a time. current one past 18 years, and still teaching them. hope they like me.

now before you say 'wow', let me tell the small print. i'm extremely ocd. where others may have walked in my shoes and ended up remarkable successes, i saw the big picture, details and footnotes, then got bored and moved on before greatness arrived.

so today, after years of collecting, i need to retire and play with my toys. i have hundreds of future-unfinished projects to attend to. but i find much needed inspiration from y'all who have gone 'n dunnit. retirement will have to wait. enjoy my work too much to stop.
don't know if you can relate, so i'm left jeswonderin

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   December 15th 2011, 9:34 am

Dave Schmarder

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JOHN BOY

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KR1S-Jim

Don Haworth

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I'll bet you all have stories to tell us about your experiences in the wonder world of Vintage Radios of every type.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   December 15th 2011, 9:18 am

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