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Post by Greg Davis on Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:23 am

While shopping at an antique mall a few weeks ago I was made aware of the local radio collectors club called Houston Vintage Radio Association. The group meets most months and discusses radio repairs, radio related events and conventions, and has an auction where you can buy radios and radio related items. I went to my first meeting on Saturday and had a good time. The auction consisted of about a dozen radios, some test gear, a book and a few other items. I bought four of the lots including a wooden cased RCA Victor farm radio that looked to be in pretty darn good shape.

While there I was also made aware of other Texas radio and phonograph collectors groups, so apparently the hobby is pretty lively here.

Before leaving the Seattle area I had also joined the Puget Sound Antique Radio Association, though I never got to attend any of their regular meetings.

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:56 pm

Sounds like fun! What model of farm set did you get?
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Post by Greg Davis on Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:20 pm

If I remember correctly it was a 14BT.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:23 pm

I have several farm radios I would sell if you need more. Good luck and enjoy.

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:51 pm

That was the one that came to mind when you mentioned getting one. A nice looking one.
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Post by Greg Davis on Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:05 pm

Thanks, WC. I do have a few battery sets already. Big... heavy... unrestored sets. Smile
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Post by simplex1040 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:45 pm

I had never joined the Houston group before I moved, But I am the member of the Nashville Club but live 2 hours away.
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Post by Greg Davis on Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:48 pm

I hear ya. In Seattle I lived about an hour away from those meetings. Here it is about the same, as I live in Tomball (way north of town) and the meetings are generally in mid or south Houston. I say about the same, meaning the meetings are an hour away... if I use the tollway and speed. Otherwise, more like an hour and a half away.

But yeah, I plan to attend for a while at least.
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Post by simplex1040 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 3:15 pm

I know all about Houston Traffic.
If I recall the meetings were near the medical center off of Holcombe somewhere.
My Brother works at HP (compaq) and lives in Magnolia.
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Post by jerryhawthorne on Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:36 pm

Greg, the farm radios are nice and I have done a couple.  The ones that run off a 90V/1.5V  and had fun reproducing the battery with a very nice little power supply built inside.  The "battery" looked original with graphics applied to the box I bought.  The radio plugged into the "battery" and an inline A/C switch was installed.  The schematic for the power supply has been posted many times.  I know you can do it with multiple 9V batteries and a D cell but not using it a lot the batteries will not corrode.  This of course will not work for the radios that need a 6V supply with a vibrator.
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Post by willy3486 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:48 pm

If you need a power supply Phils old radios has a great power supply you can build. Its the A/B/C power supply down towards the bottom of the page. I built a couple of them,one for my house workbench and one for my shop outside. I haven't used it yet but it tests out to be a great supply.
I am also a member at the Nashville meet. Its a good group and has great meets.

The diagram is at the bottom of the page.
http://www.antiqueradio.org/bsupply.htm

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