5th 2011 - Been almost a year
between updates! There have been several significant
changes in my life during the past year, some good and
some bad. I took a long hiatus from the funner things in
life like working on old radios, electronics, and swap
meets during the past 12 months. I am slowing making a
reemergence into this great hobby, and plan to be much
more active in the upcoming months.
Currently being restored is a Philco 650X that
belongs to a family friend. This Philco has required
extensive work to the electronics, such as tracking down
a replacement original speaker and rewinding an open
shadow meter coil to name a few. The cabinet is
currently undergoing a complete restoration that
includes quite a bit of veneer work and replacement.
Recent additions to my old radio gallery include a Silvertone 3451 and a
RCA AP-937 power
supply. Both of these were purchased last fall from a
junk store that was going out of business.
August 11th, 2010 - This has been a hectic and
busy summer! Quite a bit has been accomplished, but
unfortunately many of my radio projects have been slow
coming. I undertook four radio restorations for a friend
of the family this year. The first two, an Emerson 503
and a Electomatic AR-501, were recently completed with
the remaining two currently in the shop in various
states of completion.
My big project was the completion of a 12' X 24'
building for wood/metal work and storage. Completion
required internal wiring, service wiring (100A, fed
underground), fully insulating the walls/ceiling,
finishing the walls with hardboard, floor coating, and
building shelving/workbenches. Air conditioning was a
must, along with a good ceiling fan, high output
fluorescent lighting, and a COLD refrigerator! I did
most of this on my own in the record setting June heat,
but the efforts have proven to be well rewarding.
May 16th, 2010 - Completed the restoration
of my Westinghouse WR-334.
May 6th, 2010 - It has been a long time in
between updates! Demanding engineering courses at Purdue
University have caused me to put my life on hold during
most of the year. This means very little time to work at
my bench, and NO time to keep up with this web page.
Fortunately I have several months of
free time coming up and hope to finally get things
moving around here. The electronics in my Westinghouse
WR-334 are completely restored, and the cabinet has been
reassembled with most of the veneer patched. It is only
awaiting some minor cabinet repairs and a complete
refinish to be finished.
My big project this summer will be
the construction of a second shop. My second shop will
house tools like an air compressor, spray booth, small
dust collector, and a sand blaster to name a few. It is
also going to serve as a storage building to store
several of my project radios, giving me the opportunity
to expand my radio display room. In the past, doing
cabinet work and refinishing for me is very dependent on
weather conditions. With my new shop, it will be climate
controlled so work can be done anytime, year-round.
This web page is also going to
experience some updates this summer. The badly dated
"Test Equipment" and "Other Electronics" pages are going
to be revised and reorganized. The latest updates
include revising the "Links" page, and fixing bad
links/images due to my domain change last year.
14th 2009: It has been a while since
I've updated my page! Other endeavors (college) have
consumed most of my time and kept me away from the
workbench. I can finally say that I am catching up on
other non-radio projects and can now take on a few of
Currently on the bench is a Westinghouse
WR-334 that I bought at the spring IHRS
meet in Kokomo Indiana. I plan to have the Westinghouse
completed by the end of next month. Another recent
addition to my collection is a Zenith
10S160 that was a local Craigslist find.
July 19th, 2009 - Recent restorations are a RCA
100A speaker and a Philco
PT-12. New additions to the gallery
include a Atwater Kent 35 and a
May 19th, 2009 - I've Moved! My long term web host
Geocities decided to close their doors this upcoming
summer, prompting me to bite the bullet and upgrade to
my own domain. Benefits of this besides my own domain
name are faster download/upload speeds and more room.
Many updates to come in the following weeks as
everything is moved over and much more is added.
Radio gallery additions include
a Hallicrafters SX-110
and a Majestic 15.
April 26th 2009 - Finished the restoration of my Philco
38-116 and a Zenith 6D2614. More radios to be added soon,
mostly from the spring IHRS swap meet.
November 2nd, 2008 - Added six more radios to the
gallery: Philco 16L, Philco
40-140, RCA BC7-9, Zenith
6D2614, Zenith 6G801, and a Telefunken
August 6th, 2008: Restoration has begun on my
June 4th, 2008: The spring semester is over and
summer is once again upon us! Latest restoration is a Delco
R-1129 console, which was immediately
sold after restoration due to continued downsizing
efforts. Like ever summer in the past, radios seem to
take a hiatus due to other activities. Perhaps I'll
manage a few more restorations.....
April 26th, 2008 - I've been published! I was
pleasantly surprised to find my article in this quarters
IHRS Bulletin. If you not a member, you can view the
article here, IHRS Spring Bulletin.
If your not familiar with the IHRS, it stands for Indiana Historical Radio Society,
which is an Indiana based radio club that publishes a
quarterly bulletin and hosts several meetings and swaps
throughout the year.
As for radio projects. I have a
few new additions to my collection, and a few have left
for new homes. My Delco R-1129 is
currently undergoing restoration, and will hopefully be
completed within the next month.
February 16th, 2008: Completed the restoration of a Philco
December 18th 2007: Recent restorations include a Crolsey
5V1 and a Philco 41-221.
November 24th, 2007: Completed the restoration of a Zenith
October 20th, 2007: Completed the restoration of a Philco
54C. Added a Crosley 5V1, Delco
R-1129, and a Zenith 6S229 to the
October 6th, 2007: Added a recently restored Delco
R-1151. Also added three Philco radios to
the gallery: 54C, 41-841
and a 41-843.
August 2nd 2007: Completed the restoration of my Philco
44. Added a Hallicrafters
to the gallery.
June 10th 2007: The summer season is here; swap
meets, radio field days, fishing, and party's galore!
With work and other activities, my continuously growing
pile of project radios will just have to wait for a
while. In other words, I'm taking a short hiatus from
anything radio for a while. Check back this fall for
Au revoir et
apprécier l'été !
May 28th, 2007: Recently completed restoration of
41-225. A Philco 41-221 was
added to the gallery.
April 14th 2007: Completed the restoration of my Philco
41-220. Added four new radios to the
gallery, they include a Howard Cathedral, RCA 99K,
40-100, and a Philco
March 16th, 2007: Completed the restoration of my Westinghouse WR-388.
March 11th, 2007: New gallery additions include a Philco
44, Philco 41-220, and a Zenith
February 17th, 2007: Completed the restorations of a RCA
2-C-522 and a Crosley 715N.
January 21st, 2007: Completed the restoration of my Philco
January 7th, 2007: New gallery additions include a Philco
38-116, Meck CD-500, RCA
100-A Speaker, and a Westinghouse "Whirlwind" Fan.
I am hoping to have my Philco 3118B completed
by the end of this month, and my Crosley
715N is waiting for new parts to arrive
before restoration can continue.
December 8th, 2006: Completed the restoration of my Airline
December 2nd, 2006: Wow, this year has sure flown by!
My newest gallery addition is a Crosley
model 715N. I also updated my Airline
Lowboy page, and the radio should be
completed by the end of this month. A new page of
manuals and technical data is up, with a few free
November 19th 2006: A Truetone
D-1123 was added to my
November 10th, 2006: Newest addition to the gallery is
a Silvertone model 9000.
November 1st, 2006: New gallery addition is my newly
October 15th, 2006: Completed the restoration of my RCA
25BT-2. New page additions include a Philco
50-527 and a RCA 5-C-522.
September 10th 2006: New additions to the radio
gallery; Radiola 18 , Silvertone
7037, and my Philco 59C page was
July 2nd, 2006: Updated my Emerson
June 23rd, 2006: Not much new around here. Tied up
a few loose ends on my RCA 224, including
replacing the missing knobs. This summer has been
pretty slow for working on radios, I've been devoting
most of my time to other activities. My Philco
59C is coming along, despite some major
electrical problems. After a major collection downsizing
over the past two years, I have decided not to purchase
any more radios until my current collection of around
thirty radios is totally restored. That alone could take
May 23rd, 2006 : Completed the restoration of my RCA 224.
Other than that, not much for page updates.
April 8th, 2006 : Completed the restoration of my Meck 4C7.
My RCA 224
is coming along, very slowly however as time permits. My
goal is to at least get the cabinet repaired and the
chassis restored by this summer. My list of project radios
is still very long, and it includes some high quality
receivers which will sound and look great after a proper
March 5th, 2006 : Hard on the heels of my GE L-660,
I just recently finished restoring my RCA X-711.
With the work bench clear for a change, I'm going to
tackle my RCA
224, which hopefully won't be very tough.
Once warm weather arrives, I can dig into some cabinets.
February 28th, 2006 : Things are finally starting
to move around here. This month I added three new radios
to my collection, a Philco 3118B Canadian Tombstone,
a massive Philco 38-116
console, and a Philco 59C.
To make room for these, I gave away a couple of consoles,
and several other items such as boxes of tubes and some
test equipment. I completed the restoration of my GE L-660.
The radio now plays and looks great! I'm currently
restoring my RCA X-711, which was a
dumpster freebie from years ago. When complete, it will
probably find it's way out the door.
January 29th, 2006 : Finally completed my Test Equipment page, adding
several photos of my equipment.
January 22nd, 2006 : Not much to add for the
past two months. I started off my new year by finding my
PC had literally blown up. So I have spent the past
several weeks building a new one. Not much radio repairs
lately. Page updates include my Philco
H765-124, which I recently restored, and is
currently for sale at a local antique mall. I also updated
November 13th, 2005 : Finally completed my Philco
39-30! It only took three years to restore.
That brings me up to seven radios restored this year. With
the current college semester ending in about month, and
several large holiday weekends coming up, I'm hoping to
add a few more to that list of being restored.
November 6th, 2005: Not much has happened this past
month. I added one new radio to my gallery, a Airline
Lowboy. I still have several radios on
the bench, but with free time becoming more scarce for
me, I'm beginning to wonder if I will ever have time to
add all of my radios to my gallery, much less actually
restore them. I've slowly but surly been thinning out my
collection, selling six radios over the past year. I
know that's not allot, but I did take the time to
restore them, so they were ready play, and safe to use
for the new owners. I still have several table top
radios and two consoles that I would like to get rid of
whenever time permits.
October 2nd, 2005: Latest addition to the gallery is
224, which will have it's turn at the
bench soon, and a Rola D-110 speaker.
My two current projects right now are my Zenith
9-S-262 and a Philco 39-30, which
both require several reproduction parts.
September 12th, 2005: Not much this month for new page
additions. Two recent projects that have been completed
are a RCA
66X13 and a Philco PT-41. I still
however, have several radios waiting to be restored. I
will have to tackle these as time permits.
August 27th, 2005: The end of summer has
arrived, along with a few new additions to my
collection. Recent acquisitions include a General
Electric L-660 from 1941, and a CDV 717 Geiger Counter.
I have a couple of projects on the bench right now. They
include a massive Zenith 9-S-262 which
is undergoing a total, and very tedious restoration. My
66X13, which is also undergoing a
restoration at this time.
July 10th, 2005: The summer sure has been flying
by! I was able to make it to the Indy Hamfest, where I
picked up several radio parts, and a few other items.
I'm still working on downsizing my collection, which has
been a slow eight month effort so far. I've changed my
collecting interested from anything, to certain wooden
cabinet radios, mostly pre 1942.
Recent page additions: A few
testers I sold years ago, including a B&K 600, B&K 470, and a Accurate Instruments 157.
June 30th, 2005: Just finished my RCA
8X542. Updated photos, and a restoration
article are now available. I still have a long line of
projects, but not enough time to tackle them. My Meck
4C7 is very near completion, I'm still waiting for a few
parts, such as replacement knobs.
June 6th, 2005: Recent page additions
include a RCA 8X542 to the
galley, which is also currently being restored. My Meck
4C7 is nearing completion, just wait on
some knobs to arrive. Swap meet season has arrived for
me, so maybe there will be some new stuff on here soon.
May 14th, 2005: Not much for new acquisitions this
year, I have however been catching up on some
projects. My Silvertone 1982A is
finally complete, after a slow moving six month restore.
4C7 is coming along, I am at the point of
waiting for more parts to arrive. With the bench almost
empty for once, I'm getting ready to dig into a good
basket-case project. Stay tuned for more updates!
April 29th, 2005: Warmer weather has
arrived, meaning I can finally work some cabinets, plus
I have much more free time since college is about to let
out for the summer. I still have several, if not dozens
of radios I would like to add to my gallery as time
permits. Once this site grows, and evolves a little
more, I cam considering upgrading to my own domain name.
Page additions include a Philco
39-30, Philco H765-124,
Industries 4C7 and a B&K 747B tube tester.
Many other pages were also updated and revised.
April 3rd, 2005: Progress on any project, including
this webpage has been very slow lately. My current
project, a Silvertone 1982A, is
nearing completion. The chassis has been restored, and
is working with a few minor problems. The cabinet has
been stripped of it's non-original polyurethane finish,
and is undergoing a few small repairs.
March 13th 2005: Latest addition to the site: a Plastic
GE radio added to my gallery. Other
updates include recent progress on my Silvertone
1982A radio, which is the current project
on my workbench.
March 6th, 2005: Recent website updates
include a complete remodel of my Homepage, and Collection
gallery, making them more compatible with different
resolutions. I also added a Westinghouse WR-388 to
February 20th, 2005: Page updates have been coming
along quite slow lately. Latest page update is a
guestbook located on my main page. More to come as time
January 30th, 2005: Progress on the Silvertone
Tombstone is coming along. I'm to the
point of troubleshooting it, after being successfully
power up. Recent Page additions include a Yamaha CR-620 receiver,
724, RCA 66X13, and some
other misc. page updates.
January 21st, 2005: Due to my very busy work/college
schedule, any work on radios, or this website come in my
very scarce free time. I do still manage to get a little
in when time permits. My current project is a Silvertone
Tombstone, while still has many problems,
is coming along snag free so far. I still have many
radios to add to my gallery, plus some test equipment, so