EDITOR'S COMMENTSFrom Antique Radio Classified for February 2010
(Copyright 1996-2010 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
Valentine's Day always highlights the month of February, and this year it happens to fall on the long President's Day weekend when Radio XLI will take place in Westford, Massachusetts. That means that you have the opportunity to celebrate in a way that can combine a family outing -- or even a romantic weekend -- with your passion for antique radios at one of the most successful meets in the country.
Radio XLI sponsored by the Greater Boston Antique Radio Collectors is hosted by A.R.C. at the Westford Regency Hotel, which offers many amenities for families -- swimming pool, health and fitness center, pub, excellent restaurant, even skiing within a few miles. Come for the weekend or just the day. What better way to forget the gripping cold of this particularly hard winter than to plan on a warm gathering of fellow collectors. Note the details in our ad on the inside front cover.
Valentine's Day is an upbeat kind of day and ties in with our optimism about the future of A.R.C. First, there was a strong response to our "Holiday Subscription Special," which has stopped the decline in total subscribers. Then, as seen in "Radio Miscellanea," your letters of appreciation for returning to full issues monthly and for the kinds of services we offer are testimony to your continuing support. Again, thank you.
We're also always grateful for the contributions made by writers like Daniel Schoo whose frequent articles might make him seem almost a member of A.R.C.'s staff. He is, in fact, an enthusiastic restorer of vintage equipment, always willing to share with others, as illustrated by Robert Forte's letter in "Radio Miscellanea" this month.
This time Daniel offers a complete rundown on his restoration of a Templetone "Morale Radio." Two previous articles dealt with restoring particular parts of this set. Of great value to us is Daniel's attention to detail in the process of restoration, as well as his good photos. The result of his work is always a set worthy of shelf room in any collection.
Restoration of two pieces of Hallicrafters equipment, first appearing to be nothing more than junk, also resulted in a success story for Claude Chafin. Finding the Hallicrafters SX-111 receiver and HT-37 transmitter at what appeared to be a minor house auction was one thing, but coming across the cabinets by chance in the house basement was another. Claude reminds us of the pleasure in finding such equipment and bringing it back to life.
Every Estes Auction, as reported by Ray Chase, offers similar opportunities. Whether you find a treasure fully restored or one begging for your attention, the rewards can be great. This particular auction was not full of high-end sets, but it did contain a selection of early hi-fi and broadcast equipment, some interesting parts, military equipment, and microphones.
In fact, this was not a typical radio-only auction, but offered a little of everything. Ray's report does what auction reports do best -- it gives an idea of how collecting and pricing are related. We are all aware of the history of the rise in prices for high-end radios, such as those manufactured by E.H. Scott. Now we begin to see hi-fi equipment, by such companies as McIntosh, following the same trend as radio. There are many angles to the story of collecting radios.
As for stories, Jerry Berg could be called the official storyteller of the history of shortwave radio. Bart Lee has reviewed in glowing terms Jerry's two new books: LISTENING on the Short Waves 1945 to Today and BROADCASTING on the Short Waves 1945 to Today. These books are companions to Jerry's earlier book covering 1923 to 1945, so now we have the complete story of this extraordinary development in communications history. These new books will inspire you to try out the shortwave bands on the radios in your collection -- you can just settle back and reenter the radio world of earlier decades.
Tom Stevens also brings our attention to an earlier decade with a 1920s W.S.A. Type Triode E 2-step amplifier. He hopes readers can come up with more information on this set. Tom's request for help is a reminder of one of A.R.C.'s chief services -- making connections with fellow collectors.
Hope you make even more connections at Radio XLI on Valentine's Day or at any other radio event you may be able to attend.
A.R.C. Benefits. Be sure to take advantage of A.R.C. benefits: A New Year Special for subscription discounts; a toll-free number (866) 371-0512; Discover, MasterCard, American Express, Visa accepted; a secure shopping cart on the website, www.antiqueradio.com; for current subscribers, a 10 percent discount on all book orders and the full magazine available on the website. Note: Please do not send credit card info by e-mail. Use our secure website or U.S. Mail, or call or fax.
Coming Radio Events. Listed this month are 10 meets, 27 meetings, and 4 auctions -- plenty to keep you busy and to get your mind off winter.
Happy Collecting in the New Year!
John V. Terrey, Editor
ON THE COVER
Our Valentine's Day cover is a 1920s postcard from the collection of subscriber Bill Turner. The back of the card has no stamp, but it is addressed to Alfred from George G. Not shown on our cover is the verse on the front of the card:
Through the air fly with me
Where the heart is light and free
You are my love, and I am thine --
Don't say nay, my Valentine.
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