EDITOR'S COMMENTS From Antique Radio Classified for November 1999
(Copyright 1996-9 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
The news for November is good! The expansion of our Web site and our full participation in the "Age of the Internet" is almost complete. We look forward to your feedback, and, in fact, we rely on you to help us test the site and report on our progress.
Early in November, take a look at our new home page. You'll find that the address and the features available for the past four years are unchanged. But, there is a whole new colorful and concise look. And we are phasing in three new major features.
The first new feature is the auction prices, which are open to all. You will now be able to search for prices through selected auction data that appeared in the magazine over about the last two years.
The second new feature is the classified ads. These are available to subscribers only. Simply click on the category, such as "For Sale" or "Trade" that you want, and browse through all the ads. Or you can write in a specific item and click on "search."
Because we are refining the process and testing the software, the November ads will not be released this month. However, ads from previous months are available on the site and are good for practicing the process. Once we are sure that everything is working well, we will release the ads on a monthly basis.
The new, secure marketplace feature enables you to shop with more confidence, as more information and more detailed descriptions are offered. For the time being, the old marketplace will remain, in order to reduce the risk of an error that might lead to a loss of your orders.
These, after all, are new features, and we need to take the time to test them and assure their accuracy. It is important to make sure that our interface with our service provider is fine-tuned, so that the information is correct and that the ads, for example, are not released prematurely. During this transition period, we hope that you will take the time to browse through our site and be ready for full participation soon.
Though the Internet propels us into the future, November is still a month of reflection on the big radio events of the recent summer and fall -- Radiofest and the AWA Convention. Both offer something the Internet cannot offer -- general camaraderie.
Besides reporting on auction prices, we also present a pictorial review of interesting items and displays. Thanks to contributors like Dan Schoo, Frank Rasada, Alan Jesperson, and yours truly, we could have filled this entire issue with just photos.
Ross Smith and Marcella Schultz contribute a nice article on the Indiana Historic Radio Museum, now on the National Historic Registry. And of interest in Photo Review are some unusual items, such as a Marconi radio officer's hat and Fred Schultz's rare find -- three DeForest Spherical Audions, two of which are in boxes.
In keeping with what seems to be the theme of the month, Radio Miscellanea includes several Internet references and an update on the Kirby saga.
Coming Radio Events: Over 40 events are listed for November. Of note are a 2-day estate auction in Ohio, November 13-14, and the SCARS Annual Meeting in Carlsbad, California, November 19-20.
John V. Terrey, Editor
ON THE COVER
The Zenith Stratosphere 1000-Z on our cover was photographed by Frank Rasada at Radiofest XVIII in Elgin, Illinois, August 4-7. This classic, 25-tube console, also shown on page 6 with its doors closed, was the highlight of the Zenith exhibit. Interesting to note at the radio's base is the Deco cat, similar to the one in the company's original advertisement of this radio in 1937.