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Post by udaykalburgi on Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:40 am

Hi,

Greetings from Bangalore INDIA.

I am Uday K, 55 year Electronics Engineer. I have been fascinated by Radios from my 4th Standard, I did my first Crystal Radio back in 1969.
Same passion grew and today I have acollection of Valve Radios. Somehow the solid state did not fancy me. Presently My collection of Vintage Valve Radios -
1) Westinghouse USA Model - M108. Year -1914, Totally Copper Chassis, No Magnet on speaker, Primitive Tuning mechanism.
2) HMV USA. Model 656 - Year -1930-31. This is Special Edition!! Rare Radio.
3) Graetz Germany. Model Super 260WT Radio. Year 1938-39.
4) Marconi USA Model -7100. Year 1942 This was a gift to me by my Friend Mr. Giri Tirumala.
5) PYE London – PE69 Radiogram with Garrard Changer – 1950. Very complex set.
6) Murphy UK – Model Tu126. – Year 1940 , yet to restore.
7) Zenith USA – Year 1938.
Cool Philips Holland Sets – 12 Nbs , Which are in year range 1948 to 1958.
9) Blaupunkt Salvador 2575 Export Radio – Very Complicated. Year 1952.
10) Grundig 975 WE Radio – 3 sets
11) PYE London – 4 More sets Yet to restore – year 1948-55
12) EKCO USA – 1938 Set. Yet To restore.
13) BUSH London – 5 Sets.
14) Philips India sets. – 13+

And many more local made sets like Ramco, UMS, National Ekco etc.
My objective is to cross 100+ Vinatge Sets, UNIQUE Sets and open a small Radio Museum in my place. This is to showcase the bygone Radio Technology for younger generation. Since the Radio Stations are moving to Internet Radios, and on every mobile we get Radios Apps, no one is keen to keep these large sets.

Look forward to receive forum's valuable advice when I need it.

Warm Regards

Uday K

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Post by Tony V on Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:40 pm

Welcome to TRF! I hope you enjoy your stay here.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:41 am

Warm welcome to TRF.
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Post by udaykalburgi on Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:35 am

Thank You So Much Tony and Bill !


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Post by jukeboxman on Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:20 am

Welcome to TRF enjoy

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Post by Chas on Sun Dec 22, 2019 1:23 pm

Uday

Welcome!

You may find this web site helpful when working with US and some Canadian radios:

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For your Westinghouse:

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Please note that the Armstrong patent for 1914 appears on many chassis built in USA.

I see you are a member of Antique Radio Forum too... as Udaykalburgi

As radio collectors we want to preserve the sets for their nostalgia. I hope for your country that AM broadcast keeps going.

If AM goes away then the use of local broadcast transmitters will still keep the sets alive. That is if your government permits low power AM broadcasts.

Are you a member of any local or regional radio collecting group?

I am, New England Antique Radio Collectors as well as the Antique Wireless Association. Local groups help to foster acquisition , repair and fraternity in the collector community.
I encourage you to collect as many of the sets built in your country as much as possible. Even if you cannot get to repairing them all. Along with the unique tubes and repair data. As the years pass, it will be so much more difficult to find...

I hope you can afford the long term costs of the space required. I have already cut my collection down but, I have noticed a dramatic reduction in old radio sets at home sales, local auctions and antique shops. They are disappearing.

I use all sorts of media to get the word out I am looking for old radios. Though not as often as I once did...

I use friends and family, Craigs List, notices tacked on market bulletin boards, word of mouth, Ham radio meetings, Free Cycle << best, FREE!

Do not neglect to get any and all vacuum tubes, without them your radios will be silent!. Cleaning the estates of radio repairman and Ham radio operators is also a source. Do not refuse any radio speakers with electromagnet or any replacement cones and any documents... Test equipment is somewhat vital too.

When you do clean estates, often, the late repairman will save things like transformers, yokes for TV's. These are bad but can be turned in for salvage metal CA$H.

Good Luck collecting!

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