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A Vintage Radio Collection

Welcome to all! Here you will find photos of my vintage radio collection. I have spent many hours in my shop repairing and restoring Most were real basket cases before restoration. I live just west of Atlanta, Georgia. There are very few radios in my part of the country available for restoration. Therefore, I have bought mostly inexpensive radios from Ebay auctions. According to the US Census Bureau radios were owned by only five percent of the population of Georgia in 1930. Most folks around here were lucky to have food, shelter and clothing much less a radio until after WWII.

Click on the individual links to view a sampling of my collection with additional comments or click on the Radio Slideshow link to view a slideshow of my favorites. Enjoy your stay!
Site UNDER CONSTRUCTION so yall come back often!

About Me and Radios

My radio collecting started in 2001 after my daughter left an old Philco 38-60 here for storage. I restored it for her as a sentimental gift. Her grandfather had given it to her and she had stored it in a warehouse for years. It was a challenging restoration for the uninitiated. I discovered the rar+p newsgroup and many other resources on the web. Without the web the restoration would have been much more difficult. Maybe I can give a little back to newcomers through this website.

I built my hobby shop originally as a woodworking shop but my interest in vintage radios has caused it to be a dual-purpose workshop.

Along about the age of twelve I became interested in all things electronic. I built amplifiers, a flea power radio transmitter, and an oscilloscope from a Knight Kit and was the neighborhood TV hacker/fixer. After high school, I went to a two-year tech school and came away with an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. IBM hired me as a Field Engineer in 1963 and I spent thirty years fixing broken computers , attending customer meetings and commuting to Atlanta. I officially retired from IBM in 1993 after thirty years and two weeks service. IBM called me back two weeks after retirement and I worked eight more years as a contractor and supplemental employee. So my real retirement was not until 2002.


One of my coworkers was asked what he was going to do after he retired. He responded, “I am going to sit on the front porch in my rocker.” Asked what he was going to do after that he replied, “ Well after about a month I am going to slowly start rocking.”  I am not one to sit on the front porch and rock and besides I don’t have a front porch. However, I have discovered that a person can only do so much yard work,  'honey do' projects, play so many golf rounds, bowl only so many frames and surf only so much internet. The radio restoration hobby has become a fascinating and enjoyable way to spend some of my retirement time.

I decided to attempt to make every radio I have work. I have failed on only a few that had parts made of unobtainium, would have cost much more than feasible to restore or were just plain junk when manufactured. I do not just collect radios and put them on a shelf. I want them to work and work properly.


 



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