EDITOR'S COMMENTS From Antique Radio Classified for November 2002
(Copyright 1996-2002 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
November is "batten down the hatches" month when, as we prepare for the long winter, we also wrap up spring and summer meet memories. In fact, we have so many of those that we are holding the AWA report until December. In this issue, we report on ARCI's Radiofest and Michigan's Extravaganza, thanks to contributors Art Bilski and John Reinicke.
Both the Illinois and Michigan clubs have had success in attracting more of the public by holding weekend meets. We applaud both groups for finding ways to meet the challenge of the Internet, eBay, e-mail, and all the competition so prevalent today. We maintain that there is no substitute for the one-on-one contact that a well run meet affords; however, what is most important is for each club to find the right format to accommodate its members' needs. As John Reinicke points out, a meet has to work to be fun.
In the light of today's technology, meets seem to fit into the "antique" side of radio collecting. And yet, KLH, the subject of our lead article, and the Antique Wireless Association itself were both products of the early 1960s. Those of us who began as battery set collectors think of KLH as a new kid on the block. But forty plus years later it has become a collectible. Chris Jones writes about the KLH Lady Eight, one of the first light weight, quality table systems on the market.
Wally Worth takes us back another forty years to remind us of what is really old in radio history. The Kodel Corporation of the 1920s may be familiar as the manufacturer of some very basic sets, but Wally has come up with some unusual Kodel items.
We move to the next decade with an article on how to choose a radio in a 1930s Union Pacific Magazine sent in by Gordon Emry. Excerpts from the article not only tell the substance of the advice given to employees, but also convey a caring company tone -- a rarity today, probably most of us would agree.
Then we come round full circle back to 1959, almost the 1960s of KLH. Bill Thomas describes his repair of a very modern looking little Philco All American 5 clock radio. Everyone who is into repairing old sets will recognize Bill's dilemma -- Is it worth repairing?
An eye-catcher in Photo Review is the Jove crystal detector, and as always, Radio Miscellanea contains a variety of input from faithful readers.
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Coming Radio Events. Three major events are listed for November -- VRPS in Texas, SCARS in California, and a Stanton 3-day auction in Michigan -- as well as more than 40 others. Don't miss at least one.
John V. Terrey, Editor
ON THE COVER
Floating on the cover page to prove its light weight and to match its wonderful sound is the KLH Model Eight, Chris Jones' topic in our lead article. This is a success story first finding the set itself and then getting it up to speed.