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McBarry



Join date : 2011-06-29

PostSubject: New member intro..   2011-07-19, 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.   2015-10-26, 3:09 pm

Nice looking collection in that avatar there Bobber57. Welcome to the forum!! Smile
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PostSubject: New Member   2015-10-26, 9:42 am

I'm Bobber57.  I'm nearing 60 and hopefully will soon be having some time on my hands to learn more about the sets I have and try to bring a few more back to life.  I'm so-so at electronic restoration and not so hot at cabinet fixes.  I've got a good collection going and I'm trying to consolidate to the mantle sets or "curtain burners" of the early 1930's.  I've gotten some that are truly basket cases and a couple that are near museum pieces.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-10-13, 3:27 pm

Look for antique radio clubs, and ham radio clubs. I do believe Virginia has a major radio club.

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Is a good possibilty.

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Join date : 2015-10-13

PostSubject: Radiola 64   2015-10-13, 3:11 pm

Hello, I have just signed up with Antique Radio Lab.  I really have no training in antique radios.  I do happen to have a very old radio and I'm looking for help with its restoration.  I'm looking for someone qualified and capable of helping me restore an RCA Radiola 64, Model AR 764.  This is a large piece with doors that open for the radio tuner, on/off switch etc.  The record player is accessed from the top by a lid.  This is all original and has been in my family since purchased new.  

I live in Virginia Beach, VA and I'm looking for a highly qualified restorer that could work with me on this project.

Thanks for any help you can provide:

tmw1967
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Cliff Jones
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-10-10, 9:05 am

Go to our tools Forum section to see what you need for doing repairs, a soldering gun and solder, either solder wick or a solder sucker are necessary, learning proper soldering technics are a requirement, to avoid anguish.

Most radios have bad filter caps, that MUST be replaced. Welcome to our forum and read all you can.

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Join date : 2015-10-09

PostSubject: Please allow me to introduce myself   2015-10-10, 8:44 am

I'm not a man of wealth, but I like to think that I have good taste.  I am a music lover and all things antique.  My wife bought her first antique before we met in the 1980's.  It is a Stewart Warner Sheridan 58 Highboy.  The cabinet is quite beautiful, but the radio is non functional.  For the past 30 years we talked about getting it repaired, but it's really hard to find anyone to do it.  Now that I'm retired, I decided to embark into the unknown and try to repair the radio myself.  I have no experience repairing electronics, but I can read so the first thing I did was go to my public library and I picked up "Antique Radio Restoration Guide 2nd Edition" by David Johnson.  I read the book and plucked up the courage to remove the guts from the Sheridan.  I intend to post many questions with photos and I sure hope that with your help I can get the Sheridan to live again. sunny
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-10-01, 10:32 am

Hello dspkwu
It's nice to have you join!
Don't hesitate to jump in and ask questions, or give us some of your experience and insights.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-10-01, 10:09 am

Hello ganderson.
Here's a link for the schematic for your Zenith.

Nostalgia air link-click here

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Join date : 2015-09-10

PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-09-10, 5:31 pm

Hi Cliff,
Thanks for permitting me to join the forum.
User Name...dspwku
combination of initials and college
Age...83
Birthday...10-31-1931
Location...South Central KY
Interests... Electronics, Philosophy
Hobbies... Amateur Radio, Metal Detecting, Cameras
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Join date : 2015-09-09

PostSubject: New Member gandersen, Cincinnati   2015-09-09, 6:11 am

Just registered and want to introduce myself.
A friend of mine just moved from Cincinnati, (my current location) and as part of his house cleaning gave me a Zenith 8-S-359 console radio.
The radio cabinet is in great condition and the radio picks up a few local stations.
I am interested in reconditioning this radio and learning more about the vintage radio hobby.

I am looking for an owners manual as I am not sure about the function of some of the push buttons ect.

I look forward to getting an education from the forum members.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-08-29, 7:23 pm

Glad you joined. everyone here, welcomes you.

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-08-28, 4:06 pm

hey all,

new to this forum so this is my first post.
been in the consumer electronics repair industry for way too many years.
started out with vacuum tubes and then transistors then digital to present day.
seen lots of changes some that i liked and some that i hated, and seen alot of repair shops fold in the 1980s. also have seen too many parts houses close and really hate that i have to purchase parts over the internet. this might sound funny but i miss the smell that old electronics surplus parts houses had. it was kind of like an atmosphere like being in a bar. there always seemed to be the right people hanging around. oh well progress.

i have a little repair shop in my back yard where i repair some electronics. i also have been repairing tube table top radios etc and some televisions which mainly need recapping, and also recap motherboards for a local PC store and that provides some extra needed income which helps support my electronics habit.

all test equipment is from the 1960s and 1970s. tektronix and hp oscilloscopes both 100mhz. some heathkit cap testers and simpson vom and vtvm along with rca vtvm and misc. other tv / radio testers and signal generators etc.

really miss the old days of electronics when things were built to last and when they did need repairs, the repairs could be done and last for along while, unlike todays disposable throw away society.

well that is all for now and glad to be here. hope to learn and contribute.

life is good.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-07-02, 9:59 am

That's good to know about your transistor interests. A hearty welcome!
I think a lot of members, only want to socialize as you said,  I still go there because they have a huge membership, and always go directly to the items for sale first. I also go to tube radio forum, since I helped as a administrator/moderator and set things up for Bill the current administrator. 
A lot of socialization there, very little lately on repair skills and advice. Oldsmobile man started that forum, which I was a member from the beginning. 

However like you stated, I wanted this forum of mine to be for the serious minded repairer and those wanting to build their knowledge of electronics, especially in the testing and calibration of radios, instead of appliance's and TVs.

Please delve right in and contribute with your knowledge and experience. Delighted to have you here.

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Join date : 2015-06-30

PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-07-01, 6:55 pm

Mitch here.  Used to be on the antiqueradios.com forums under the same name but got tired of snarky know-it-alls and overzealous moderators.  Lots of talent there with some amazing people who contribute to the forum politely.  Had to quit since it wasn't any fun there anymore. 

Looking forward to seeing more of the technical side and less socializing.  Not that there's anything wrong with the social aspect, but thats where the heated debates tend to occur. 

I specialize in old transistor radios and Heathkit / Test equipment restorations. 

If you need an old transistor radio schematic, I have about 125 of the 156 Sams TSMs in my collection.  Hit me with a pm or email.  I'm always happy to help out. 

~ Mitch ~
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Jerry H



Join date : 2015-05-29

PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-06-05, 7:19 pm

Michael, my "sign off" on other forums is "a friend in need is a pest".  Therefore, welcome!
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-06-05, 7:12 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
Weve a solution for PEST's and It's our secret Weapon, A spray can called answers.

I like that!
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-06-05, 5:42 pm

That's Where we all are, from starting to Gurus of Knowledge indisputable. Suspect lol!

We have a solution for PEST's and It's our secret Weapon, A spray can called answers.

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PostSubject: New Introduction   2015-06-02, 8:57 pm

cheers  Hope that I may be of benefit to someone on this forum,even though I am a "Noob."  I guess You could say that I know just enough to get myself into trouble and make a real mess of it!  I have always found the older battery radios of particular interest to me; I must be thinking that they are so incredibly simple in structure, that I feel safer "diddling" inside of one.  I  know....first mistake....right??
I'm in South Carolina, 59, retired Certified Surgical Technologist, retired early for medical reasons, (degenerative spinal discs + nasty Arthritis).

I own a 1924 Crosley, Trirdyne and my baby, which is a 1923 Freed-Eisemann, N-5, Neutrodyne, which is in marvelous shape.  I don't know if either will work.
I really don't have any real electronics education about these very early battery sets, but how difficult could they be??

I would like to recap these radios someday.  The Freed has had both of the xformers inside replaced with Amertrans at some time in the past.  I understand that that was a particular problem at the time.  (maybe I read that wrong)

Anyhow, I hope to further my education by lurking a bit.  I'm sure I will ask the odd question at one time or another, but promise not to be a pest. study
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-05-29, 7:08 pm

Jerry. Welcome. Yes we can use your knowledge and Expertise.

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Jerry H



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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-05-29, 6:44 pm

Hi, new here but not to radios and active on a number of forums.  Jerry is the name.  Winding down on radio restoration and getting slow, call it old age.  I always enjoy reading others projects and helping when I can.  Cliff has probably seen many of my posts over the years on other forums.  Looking forward to see if I can provide any assistance and learning from the crowd here.
Best,  Jerry
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-03-18, 7:54 pm

Welcome to the new Members

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radiorich--------- 16 Jan 2015

xyrtan-----------  20 Jan 2015

Keneye----------- 24 Jan 2015

VATRYZEK-------  27 Jan 2015 

1951sms---------  Feb 2015

Paulette duClair-   05 Feb 2015

radioguy---------  19 Feb 2015


j_blueridge-------  01 Mar 2015

RioRadioAtlanta--  12 Mar 2015

CHUCKSUE------- 17 Mar 2015

jproto01----------- 17 Mar 2015

Lorne---------------18 Mar 2015

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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-02-24, 9:12 am

Welcome!

Our Moderator is also from Canada, so feel right at home Here.
BRRRR I'm glad I don't live up there right Now with all the winter Storms. I know what that is like, as I lived In Wisconsin from 1944 through 1957.

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PostSubject: My presentation..   2015-02-24, 7:10 am

Hello from Québec canada... i am on this forum since a certain time but i did not do a presentation...

okay i'm from Quebec and i'm new to the radio, transistor or with tubes... I tried to repair some TV sets but i'm not so good in it Razz Very Happy....

I don't know if i can bring some help but i will try Wink

AS you see, even my english is bad loll. Wink

I'm here for learning and also for friendship.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-01-24, 3:15 pm

Greetings Ken and welcome to the forum. Good luck with getting into the radio hobby as well. Youtube has been pretty good for me as well for tutorials. However, have a look through this forum as well as I'm sure you'll get some great info here as well.

Regards for now,

Bob, VE1ARN
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Join date : 2015-01-24

PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2015-01-24, 2:32 pm

Hi, My name is Ken. I can no longer afford my hobby of pinball machines, so I am now into old radios. Trying to teach myself basic repair techniques via Youtube. Also plan to acquire some basic testing equipment. 
I have an ad on Craigslist to see if there is any interest in forming a York,PA antique radio club. 
Former university instructor of psychology, marketing and management. 
I have four 40's to 50's console radios I plan to fix once I learn the ropes.
Over the years I have collected/repaired/restored jukeboxes, Coke macines, shufflebowlers, arcade games, gumball machines and pinball machines.


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PostSubject: Welcome to the latest new members...............   2015-01-16, 5:19 pm

Welcome to the forum radiorich, and a welcome also to razorradio who joined us a while back.

Looking forward to your participation. Very Happy

Bob, VE1ARN
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PostSubject: radiorich here just say hello    2015-01-16, 1:46 pm

Hello everyone,
I just wanted to tell you a little about me first all I worked on TV's and radios and test equipment,stereos both home and car also car electrical since I was a kid  and I am in my late 40s .
well I took electronics in junior high and high school plus went to Clover park voctech in Tacoma  WA. got 2 year deg . consumer electronics  after that went to work for a Radio and TV repair Called Northwest radio .
I ended up buying the business in 1988 ran the shop along with two other techs that highered to help.
in that shop which I am the third owner was started in the 1940s they services radios and tv's and sold new ones Also factory service for Philco,Zenith,Sony,RCA,Motorola,Sharp later on I did warranty work for Pioneer,Panasonic,Phillips group ,Zenith ,RCA, Emerson,
In the shop we repair Car and home Audio TV's Satellite systems and other Antenna systems ,Also restoring Antique tube radios and tv's and repairing microwaves VCR's and items.

Then in early 2000s like 2004 I brought the business home and closed the store front I continued doing tv's VCRs car and home audio Also restoring tube sets.
Far as my hobby I love woodworking build and restoring furniture also restoring old tube radios and tv's and collect old  test equipment Also collect antique  and use it back in 2005 I joined ARF radio forum so some of you my have known me from that site 
sincerely Radiorich
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Join date : 2014-11-14

PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2014-11-14, 12:07 pm

My username, razorradio, comes from the razor and pencil lead radios that the WWII soldiers used to build.  I had one that I made when I was a teenager and I built a new one decades later. It surprised me when I was actually able to get DX on it!  All the other reports of a razorblade detectors were of weak sound from local stations. 

The articles that I've seen on the WWII soldiers said that they were listening to stations about 30 miles away.  The ones I could hear as a kid were about 30 miles away.
A few years ago I built one and was able to get two stations that were both 300 miles away! WGN in Chicago and WJR Detroit.  I looked on the Internet and the farthest DX I've seen anyone else get was 100 miles.

The appeal of xtal sets to me is that they are so simple. Elmer G. Osterhoudt was a genius and a great asset to the hobby.  I still have a set that he sold me from almost 40 years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2014-11-14, 11:59 am

Hello,
My name is Chris. I used to be a ham, but my license lapsed.
Now Crystal radios are my hobby.  My main focus is getting DX on simple sets using vintage parts from the 20's to the 50's.
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PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2014-11-10, 3:22 pm

Welcome to recently joined:
Beau Butler in September
Jean-Pierre Ethier in October
emmisdos in October
ACRadio in October

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I live in Port Orchard, and we have a few members in our Locale.
And of course there's the Big PASARA club in North Seattle, They meet every month for horse trading and such goings on.

I have most of my radios and Test equipment from those members.

Again welcome to all recent members, and thank you to all who post Here.

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Join date : 2014-11-10

PostSubject: Re: New Members Please introduce yourself.   2014-11-10, 2:22 pm

I have submitted coin operated radio to the Radio Museum...my 4th submission. It took a while because the maker of this radio wasn't in their database. I was able to convince them that Pacific MFG Co was real at one time and they have added it to their list of manufacturers of radios. I expect this radio to be added to Radio Museum soon along with the photographs I uploaded.
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