Antique Radio Classified F.A.Q.
- What is Antique Radio Classified?
- What can I find on the A.R.C. website?
- How do I contact A.R.C.?
1. What is Antique Radio Classified?
A.R.C. is antique radio's largest circulation monthly magazine, with over nearly 4000 print subscribers. Monthly issues of A.R.C. run over 52+ pages and include ads for parts and services, classified ads, auction prices, radio photos, meet and flea market calendar, and articles on radios, repairing old radios, radio history and related topics. A.R.C. covers not only old radio, but also TV, telegraph, amateur/ham radio, high fidelity/hi-fi, and audio. We're your link to the world of antique radio collecting and its activities.
A.R.C. is published for people involved in the radio collecting hobby. Its purpose is to stimulate growth of the hobby through the buying, selling and trading of radios and related items, and to provide a monthly forum for the interchange of ideas and information.
2. What can I find on the A.R.C. website?
Each month our free website is updated to showcase a selection of articles and the cover photo from the current month's print issue. Also updated monthly are links to old radio-related websites, club listing, and upcoming club events. You can also visit our searchable auction price database, archive of past articles, radio photo gallery, and past book reviews. Plus, you can subscribe to A.R.C., renew your subscription, or buy books and videos related to collecting old radios any time through our secure ordering area.
In our subscriber-only section, we offer our current month's classified ads in a searchable format. We also keep the previous 1 or 2 months ads online.
3. How do I contact A.R.C.?
Contact A.R.C. at: PO Box 1558, Port Washington, NY 11050. Tel: (866) 371-0512 toll free. Fax: (516) 883-1077. E-mail: ARC@antiqueradio.com.
- How can I subscribe?
- What are your subscription rates?
- Why didn't I get my issue?
- My issue arrived in the mail looking like it had been through a shredder, what can I do?
- How do I change my subscription from periodicals mail delivery to first class mail delivery?
- I'm moving, what do I do?
- I spend the winter in one location and the summer in another, do I have to tell A.R.C. of my address change?
- When was my issue mailed?
- Can I find Antique Radio Classified on the newstand?
1. How can I subscribe?
Click here to subscribe. You also can subscribe using the coupon in the center of any issue, by e-mail, fax, telephone, or mail. Please give us your name, mailing address, telephone number, payment information, and term of subscription. You will receive your ID and PASSWORD in the mail. Please telephone if you want them sooner.
2. What are your subscription rates?
U.S. rates are as follows:
First Class Mail:
Foreign rates (one year, U.S. dollars): Canada by air--$50.00; Mexico by air--$60.00; other foreign by air--$70.00
Web Only Subscription:
One year --$30.00
3. Why didn't I get my issue?
Each month nearly 4000 copies are mailed and fortunately, the post office only loses, delays or damages a few and only a few have printing defects.
Did you move recently? It is possible that we did not receive notification of your change of address in time. Please notify us in advance if you move.
4. My issue arrived in the mail looking like it had been through a shredder, what can I do?
Contact us and we will send you a complimentary replacement issue.
5. How do I change my subscription from periodicals mail delivery to first class mail delivery?
First Class delivery costs an extra $1.00 per month and covers the extra costs of First Class postage. If you want to change your subscription to First Class, send in $1.00 for each month remaining in your subscription.
6. I'm moving, what do I do?
Please notify us 4 weeks in advance of your move so we can change your address in our subscription file. Send both your new and old addresses, and include your subscription number and the effective date of your new address. The post office does not provide this service. In fact, the post office notifies us only after the forwarding time has expired.
If your copy is returned to us marked: No Forwarding Address; No Such Address/addressee/insufficient address, etc.; or Attempted/Unknown we will suspend your subscription until you inform us of your current address, since the post office will continue returning your magazines to us each month.
7. I spend the winter in one location and the summer in another, do I have to tell A.R.C. of my address change?
Yes. The post office does not provide this service. In fact, the post office notifies us only after the forwarding time has expired. It is possible that your copy of A.R.C. will be returned to us by the post office as undeliverable and marked TEMPORARILY AWAY. If this happens, since the post office will continue returning your magazines to us each month, we will suspend your subscription until you inform us when you will return to the address we have for you. If you inform us of your temporary address, we will be happy to send your issues there. Obviously, we will need to be notified again just before you return back to your permanent address.
8. When was my issue mailed?
Antique Radio Classified is not mailed the same dates of the month or the same days of the week each month.
The online version of the magazine is posted online about 1 week after the print edition is mail.
9. Can I find Antique Radio Classified on the newstand?
Sorry, A.R.C. is subscription only. Contact us to receive one free sample issue.
- How do I place an order?
- How can I pay?
- I live outside of the U.S., how can I pay?
- Will you bill me?
- How can I purchase back issues?
- How can I purchase books?
- How will you ship my book order?
- I live outside the U.S., how will you ship my book order?
1. How do I place an order?
You can place an order over the telephone, fax, mail, e-mail, or through our website. Contact A.R.C. at: PO Box 1558, Port Washington, NY 11050. Tel: (866) 371-0512 toll free. Fax: (516) 883-1077. E-mail: ARC@antiqueradio.com.
2. How can I pay?
A.R.C. accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal, cash, money orders, and checks in U.S. funds.
3. I live outside of the U.S., how can I pay?
All prices are in U.S. dollars.
All orders for subscriptions, books and other items must be PRE-PAID. We do not bill.
Write out the name of the month on your check or money order. (Example: "January 10, 1990". Please do not write as 10-1-90 since there can be confusion as to whether month or day is first.)
Please Pay By:
- Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or PayPal. Include name on card, card number and expiration date.
- Check on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars.
- Check on a Canadian bank in U.S. dollars. You must have permission from your bank to write your checks in U.S. dollars. (Add $1.00 U.S. for our processing costs)
- DO NOT SEND A CHECK ON FOREIGN BANK (except Canada)!
- American Express Money Order in U.S. dollars.
- Postal Money Order in U.S. dollars. (Add $1.00 U.S. for our processing costs)
- U.S. cash or travelers checks in U.S. dollars.
- (Please, no Foreign stamps, They cannot be used in the U.S.)
4. Will you bill me?
All orders for subscriptions, books and other items must be PRE-PAID. We do not bill.
5. How can I purchase back issues?
Back issues are $5 ppd. in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico; and $8 ppd. elsewhere in the world. Prices are in U.S. dollars. You can order back issues through the mail, fax, and our website.
6. How can I purchase books?
You can purchase books through the mail, over the telephone, fax, or e-mail. Our book list is located in each issue of A.R.C. and is on our website.
7. How will you ship my book order?
Book orders are shipped U.S.P.S. media rate. It can take 1-2 weeks to receive your book order. If you would like your order shipped priority mail, contact us in person for a shipping quote or use a credit card.
8. I live outside the U.S., how will you ship my book order?
Book Orders will be sent Airmail. Write us BEFORE placing your order to get quote for postage or use Visa or MasterCard.
- What is A.R.C.'s advertising policy?
- How do I send in my classified ad?
- When is the deadline for classified ads?
- How do I count words in my classified ad?
- What does it cost to run a classified ad?
- How do I pay for an ad sent e-mail or faxed?
- Can I stop or change a classified ad after I have submitted it to A.R.C.?
- How long can my classified ad run?
- Can I send in my ad in advance?
- Can I send a photo or drawing with my ad?
- What if I don't see my ad in the issue in which I thought it would appear?
- What do I do if a deal goes wrong?
1. What is A.R.C.'s advertising policy?
Advertising is accepted only for early items related to radio, communication, etc. All items must be described fairly; reproductions, reprints, and not-original items must be so identified. Advertisers must agree to respond promptly to inquiries and orders, to resolve problems promptly if the buyer is not satisfied, and to comply with a buyer's refund request on unaltered returned items.
The publisher reserves the right to edit ads without notification to the advertiser and to reject ads for any reason. Names other than the advertiser will be edited out of ads. Ads with non-radio-related items will be returned or edited unless the non-radio-related items are for trade of radio-related items, or they are incidental to and appear at the end of an otherwise acceptable ad. The publisher is not responsible for errors due to illegibly written ads or for any other reason.
2. How do I send in my classified ad?
You can send your ad through the mail, fax, and e-mail. Sorry, we don't take classified ads over the phone.
3. When is the deadline for classified ads ?
Classified ads must be received at A.R.C. by Noon Eastern time on the 10th of the month to appear in the following month's issue. For example, if we receive your ad by May 10th, it will appear in the June issue. Late ads are held for the following issue.
4. How do I count words in my classified ad?
The standard headings-WANTED, FOR SALE, etc.-count as one word each time used in the ad. Name, address, and 1 telephone number count as 6 words, regardless of length. Ham call letters and business name can be included in the 6 words and do not count extra. Full name (or company name) and address is required in all classified ads. Each additional word, abbreviation, model number, or number group, extra telephone numbers, fax, e-mail address, etc. count as one word each. Hyphenated words count as two words.
5. What does it cost to run a classified ad?
Subscribers: First 50 words are free; 10c/word for extra words over 50. Subscribers may take 50 free words on only one ad each month. Free words cannot be accumulated from month to month.
6. How do I pay for an ad sent e-mail or faxed?
Include a credit card number with your ad, or state that you have sent a check/cash in the amount of the ad. When sending your ad payment, do not send another copy of the ad, simply indicate that it is a fax or e-mail payment.
7. Can I stop or change a classified ad after I have submitted it to A.R.C.?
Please check your ads carefully before sending them in. Once ads are received, it is not always possible to refund the amount sent, pull the ad, or make changes.
Ads are typeset on a page for printing on the day they are received. Once a page is typeset, if we pull or change one ad, we must place another ad of the same size in its place. When changes are made, the ad becomes either larger or smaller and no longer fits on the page. These changes are time-consuming and therefore costly.
An additional problem arises from the demands of our monthly schedule. Since about one-half of the ads are received in the five to ten days before the 10th of the month deadline, and we have only a few days after that to meet our printing and mailing schedules, there is almost no time to accommodate requests for changes.
8. How long can my classified ad run?
There is no time limit.
9. Can I send in my ad in advance?
Classified ads may be sent in for several months in advance. Simply send each one on a separate piece of paper; write on each your Sub # (from your mailing label) and the month(s) that you want it to run.
10. Can I send a photo or drawing with my ad?
Drawings and photos are encouraged as the response to your ad is much larger and the reader knows better what you want or are selling. Send in your drawing or photograph and A.R.C. will reduce or enlarge it as needed. You can send an attached TIFF file for photo ad images only.
The cost is $10 per month for each photo or drawing.
Deadline for photo and drawing ads is the 1st of the month to appear in the following month's issue.
11. What if I don't see my ad in the issue in which I thought it would appear?
Contact A.R.C. after carefully looking through the issue. Tell us when you submitted the ad, the type of ad (For Sale, Wanted), your name, and a brief description of the ad contents. We will either locate the ad in the issue, or tell you what issue in which it will appear in the case of a late ad submittal.
12. What do I do if a deal goes wrong?
A.R.C. is not responsible for any buying and selling transactions incurred. However, when placing an ad advertisers agree to respond promptly to inquiries and orders, to resolve problems promptly if the buyer is not satisfied, and to comply with a buyer's refund request on unaltered returned items.
If you have a problem with a buyer or seller, send us as much detail as possible in writing. A.R.C. will contact you after we receive your complaint.
- How can I access the online classified ads?
- Where do I find my log-on ID and password?
- What can I do if I've forgotten or lost my password?
1. How can I access the online classified ads?
You must be a subscriber to access our online classified ads. To subscribe, contact A.R.C. at: PO Box 1558, Port Washington, NY 11050. Tel: (866) 371-0512 toll free. Fax: (516) 883-1077. E-mail: ARC@antiqueradio.com.
2. Where do I find my log-on ID and password?
Your password is the 4-digit number located between the square brackets [ ] on your A.R.C. mailing label every month.
Your log-on ID is the 1-5 digit number following the hyphen in your subscription number on the label.
3. What can I do if I've forgotten or lost my password?
We don't have access to subscriber passwords, so, if you have changed and forgotten or lost your password we will have to have it reset to your initial password. It can take up to 10 days for this to take affect.
If you have not changed your password, your initial password still works and will be found on your mailing label between the square brackets.
We can't give out passwords over e-mail or the phone, so we will send a postcard to your subscription address which has your initial password on the mailing label.
If you need your password reset, please e-mail, write, phone or fax with a specific request.
- How do I place a display ad?
- What is the deadline for display ads?
- What are the display ad rates?
- What size should my ad be?
- Can I e-mail my artwork?
- Can I have a tear sheet of my ad?
1. How do I place a display ad?
Display ads are larger and more attention getting than classified ads and are charged by the space, not per word like classified ads.
Since artwork is reduced to 63% in the printing process originals must be the artwork size listed below. Do not send in artwork on art board or send negatives. Ads should be typeset or black ink (not pencil) on white. If used, reverse type must be limited to 25% of the ad. If you want us to prepare your ad, include the one-time cost listed under rates for A.R.C. to make up the ad.
Photos should be at an 85-line screen; otherwise, add $16 per photo for screening. Do not cut or trim photos or glue photos to artwork; submit separately. Do not fax original art. Do not fold the art.
Be sure type size is large enough, remember it is reduced by 63% when printed.
2. What is the deadline for display ads?
The deadline is the first of the month to appear in the following month's issue. For example, if we receive your display ad on May 1st, it will appear in the June issue. Late ads will be run only if space and time permits.
3. What are the display ad rates?
Full Page Ad: $289/1 month; $769/3 months; $1,329/6 months; $2,325/12 months; $69/1-time charge to make up ad.
1/2 Page Ad: $146/1 month; $389/3 months; $675/6 months; $1,175/12 months; $37/1-time charge to make up ad.
1/4 Page Ad: $74/1 month; $197/3 months; $342/6 months; $595/12 months; $19/1-time charge to make up ad.
1/8 Page Ad: $38/1 month; $101/3 months; $177/6 months; $305/12 months; $19/1-time charge to make up ad.
Business Card Ad (first per advertiser): 1 month not available; $53/3 months; $90/6 months; $159/12 months; $7/1-time charge to make up ad.
Business Card Ad (second per advertiser, etc.): 1 month not available; $68/3 months; $118/6 months; $205/12 months; $7/1-time charge to make up ad.
The 3-month rates represent about an 11% discount, the 6-month rates 23%, the 12-month rates 30%. Placement requests: add 15% but call first. Clubs: 10% discount.
4. What size should my ad be?
To be considered camera ready art, an ad must be the exact size's below. A border should be used or will be added if A.R.C. deems necessary and the advertiser will be billed accordingly.
- Full Page Ad: Send us artwork that is 7 3/4" H x 4 3/4" W
- 1/2 Page Ad-Horizontal: Send us artwork that is 3 5/16" H x 4 3/4" W
- 1/2 Page Ad-Vertical: Send us artwork that is 7 3/4" H x 2 1/4" W
- 1/4 Page Ad: Send us artwork that is 3 5/16" H x 2 1/4" W
- 1/8 Page Ad: Send us artwork that is 1 5/8" H x 2 1/4" W
- Business Card Ad: Send us artwork that is 2" H x 3 3/4" W
5. Can I e-mail my artwork?
Yes. We prefer PDFs, JPEGS or TIFFs. High resolution and exact sizes work best. Photos should be black & white, not color.
6. Can I have a tear sheet of my ad?
Tear sheets will be sent only for 1/8-page or larger ads and only if requested when the ad is submitted.
- Is there a radio club in my area?
- Is there a radio meet in my area?
- My radio club is having a meet, how do I get it listed in A.R.C.'s Coming Radio Events section?
- My club is having a meet, can A.R.C. provide us with a small number of samples and subscription flyers to put on display?
- My club is having a meet, can we have a copy of the A.R.C. mailing list in our area?
- Does A.R.C. want a report on the auction held by my club?
- Does A.R.C. want information about my club?
1. Is there a radio club in my area?
A.R.C. publishes a club information listing once or twice a year in our magazine as space permits. It is also listed on our website at http://www.antiqueradio.com/clublist.html.
2. Is there a radio meet in my area?
A.R.C. publishes a coming radio events listing each month in our magazine. It is also listed on our website http://www.antiqueradio.com/radioevents.html.
3. My radio club is having a meet, how do I get it listed in A.R.C.'s Coming Radio Events section?
All listings on the Coming Radio Events page are free for old radio clubs/museums/non-profit events, and are printed as space permits. Events such as auctions held by other organizations are obtained from advertisements placed elsewhere in A.R.C. Since listings are on a "space available" basis, no guarantee of listing is made.
* Placing A.R.C. on your mailing and newsletter lists is a good idea.
Although we can get event information from club newsletters, a separate notice or release helps insure that the info is not missed. (Newsletters very often arrive after our deadline.)
Please send information by the fifth of the month prior to the month of the event (For example: We need information by May 5th for a meet in June or early July so that we can print the announcement in the June issue which is mailed in late May).
All events are usually listed in the issue of the month in which the event occurs. Multi-day events are usually listed for two or more months in advance, since they often require more planning by attendees, such as travel and lodging reservations.
Please include at minimum: sponsor, title of activity, date, time, events scheduled with times, address/location of meet, directions to meet, and address and phone number of a contact person.
4. My club is having a meet, can A.R.C. provide us with a small number of samples and subscription flyers to put on display?
A.R.C. will furnish a reasonable number of free sample copies and flyers for a reasonable number of meets if requested sufficiently in advance.
5. My club is having a meet, can we have a copy of the A.R.C. mailing list in our area?
A.R.C. will furnish a list of subscribers for the club's region in exchange for the club's member and non-member mailing list (in diskette form, if possible).
Please note that the club may use the names furnished by A.R.C. only once, and only for its own use. The names are not to be copied nor added to the club's mailing list. Information from the list is not to be saved permanently in any way. The list may not be used in any way by any other club or organization, private individuals or commercial ventures. The club must grant A.R.C. permission to add the names it furnishes to A.R.C. to A.R.C.'s mailing list without limitations of any kind. Clubs may request A.R.C.'s list a maximum of twice each year. No more than 10% of A.R.C.'s list will be furnished.
Clubs who wish to take advantage of this service should contact A.R.C. at least one month before the list is needed to receive a club list exchange form. State how many names are on your list and when you need the A.R.C. list. The list is supplied on pressure-sensitive labels, sorted by state and zip code unless requested otherwise.
6. Does A.R.C. want a report on the auction held by my club?
Yes. Although we do not usually include articles in A.R.C. solely about meets, we are anxious to print information of interest to our readers, such as auction results, photographs of contest entries, flea markets, etc. If you forward information of this type to us ASAP after the meet, there is an excellent chance that an article on your event could be printed in A.R.C. Information accompanied by photos (black & white photos are preferred; good color photos are OK) and a well-written article & photo captions make our job easier.
7. Does A.R.C. want information about my club?
A.R.C. publishes a club information listing once or twice a year as space permits. It is also listed on our website. Please keep us current with your club name, contact person, address, publication names and frequency, activities/meets regularly held and dues amounts.
We invite you to submit a 1-page article on your club. Include the history of your organization, major activities and events, unique features of your club (such as associated museums, etc.), club officers, publication information, dues, membership and information contact person, etc.
- Do you have an index of articles?
- Do you have writing guidelines?
1. Do you have an index of articles?
Indexes are available in the following back issues of A.R.C.: the March 1991 issue contains an index of 1984-1990; March 1992 contains an index of 1991; March 1993 contains an index of 1992; March 1994 contains an index of 1993; and March 1995 contains an index of 1994. The index is not available on-line.
2. Do you have writing guidelines?
Thank you for your interest in writing an article for publication in Antique Radio Classified. Because of the volume of material contributed by our readers, we do not compensate authors for articles or reviews, but we will pay for expenses such as photographs, express mailing, and the like upon request.
A. Length -- optional. A typical one-page article with a picture may range from 200 to 300 words. Most of our articles are two to four pages in length. If the article is very long, we may serialize it.
We assume that this article was submitted exclusively to A.R.C. and not to any other publication. Please indicate in writing that this is, in fact, the case, and that it is agreeable to you that A.R.C. have first publication and reprint rights.
B. Outline before you write in order to develop the topic in logical steps.
C. Type your article double-spaced and use both lower and upper case letters. DO NOT attempt to lay the article out in a fancy format; just send us the straight text. If possible, in addition to the typed version, a long article should be submitted on an IBM or Macintosh disk in your word processor format, such as Word Perfect, Word, etc. Please use a carriage return only at the end of a paragraph, not at the end of each line.
D. Focus on a single topic. Be specific and concise.
E. Write to a general audience. Among our readers are new collectors who may know nothing about your topic. In your first paragraphs, give enough background material to instruct these readers.
F. Please double-check dates, technical information, etc. We rely on you for accuracy.
G. Refer to your pictures and diagrams by figure number in your text. Be sure that the pictures themselves are clearly marked with the numbers. DO NOT glue or write on the photos; a post-it note on the back is best. No Polaroids please.
H. If you are taking your own pictures, black and white film is best, but color is acceptable. 5" x 7" prints are good, but any size will do. Take the pictures against a white, uncluttered background at several angles. Sunlight is best, as houselights create a red-orange color.
I. A completed article should include the following:
- original pictures and negatives
- credits for pictures, diagrams, etc.
- a list of your references, including author, publication, place and year of publication, and publisher
- a photocopy of your primary reference, if you have based your article on one source
- a brief, radio-related, biographical sketch, including your collecting interests
Because of the variety in the submissions we receive, we know that there are bound to be exceptions to each of the above guidelines. Please check with us before you begin a large project, and call if you have questions. We will be happy to help.
- How do I contact A.R.C.?
- Will you link to my website?
- Can you tell me what my radio is worth?
1. How do I contact A.R.C.?
Contact A.R.C. at: PO Box 1558, Port Washington, NY 11050. Tel: (866) 371-0512 toll free. Fax: (516) 883-1077. E-mail: ARC@antiqueradio.com.
2. Will you link to my website?
We will link to your web site if you have one and if it is appropriately antique-radio related. We would appreciate a reciprocal link to our site as well. Send us the URL and a brief description of your site via e-mail.
3. Can you tell me what my radio is worth?
We are often asked what a particular radio is worth. A radio's value depends on many factors including condition, model number, color, rarity, desirability, age, etc. In selling radios, we suggest that you contact several of our advertisers to make sure that you are being offered a fair price. Although there are occasional radios worth over a thousand dollars, most bring less than a hundred. A popular price guide, available through A.R.C., may help you determine what a radio is worth. Try "The Collector's Guide to Antique Radios, 7th Edition,"($24.95) by Slusser. This guide covers radios from 1920s to 1960s. Over 10,000 prices and many color photos are included. We also order (4) price guides in the Tabletop Series by Stein. To order books, contact A.R.C. via e-mail at ARC@antiqueradio.com, or phone, fax or USPS, all listed below.