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Portable Tube Radio Find

Post by John Maxson on Tue May 31, 2011 10:46 am

I found a 50's or '60's Starflite portable tube radio at an antique shop for $2.00 last weekend. It is in mint condition. It is a little bigger than a pocket radio but smaller than the typical battery set of that time. It takes an A and B battery. It may be hard to find the batteries.

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Re: Portable Tube Radio Find

Post by fifties on Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:57 am

Cool little radios; I have several, and if you ever want to sell it, LMK.

They take a C cell for the A supply, on the left, and a 67-1/2 Volt battery for the plate supply. You can buy one online or at Rat Shack, or build your own, using two AAA two-cell battery holders cut and sized (glued to a thin backboard) to hold six 12 volt mini-sized batteries. One holder holds 4 cells, and the other holds two, attached back to back, so they'll fit. Attach the connector panel from a dead nine volt battery to one end, to hook up to the B battery connector. Works bitchen.
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Post by John Maxson on Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:44 am

How much are the 67-1/2 V batteries? would be cool to try it out. I was thinking of trying out a 20's battery set too.

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Post by John Maxson on Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:44 am

Trade a phonograph??

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Re: Portable Tube Radio Find

Post by fifties on Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:31 pm

Rat Shack gets 60 bucks;

www.radioshack.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2032150&allCount=74&fbc=1&f=PAD%2FProduct+Type%2F67.5V&fbn=Type%2F67.5V&filterName=Type&filterValue=67.5V

I had no idea they were so expensive. I imagine a Google search might be better.

If you want to trade your radio, I don't have any phonographs, but I DO have lotsa Transistor radios, lol.
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Re: Portable Tube Radio Find

Post by GaryRabbitt on Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:47 pm

John
Can you post a photo of your set? I could not find a photo of one on the net.
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Re: Portable Tube Radio Find

Post by John Maxson on Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:26 am

I don't see a picture link here. Do I just paste it in the text box?

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Re: Portable Tube Radio Find

Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:44 pm

Do you have an internet service like Photobucket?
Photobucket is free. You upload pictures there from your computer. You copy the image code, and, paste it in your post on the forum. The forum does the rest.
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