RADIO MISCELLANEA -- JANUARY 2001 From Antique Radio Classified for January 2001
(Copyright 1996-2000 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
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Mae West Stars in Indiana
I enjoyed the article on the Mae West radio by Richard Arnold. I was lucky enough to find a Mae West radio for sale at the AWA meet in Rochester about four years ago. The only problem was that, like so many others, this set had a large section missing from the conical dial cover. I was unable to find a replacement, and no one I contacted could make one. While I was attending the Estes Auction in Seville, Ohio, there on a table was the worst Mae West I had ever seen -- chassis and bottom gone, no knobs, sides damaged. Only one piece was perfect. You guessed it. We now have a fantastic Mae West on display at the Indiana Historical Radio Museum in Ligonier, Indiana.
--Fred Schultz, Museum Curator, Ligonier, IN
Tube Tester Care
If you use your tube tester to test a lot of tubes, the tube tester will become worn, and the test will become unreliable. The common way to prevent this is to use socket savers which plug into the tube tester.
You also can use a test socket adapter, which is used for testing voltages in radio and TV sets and looks like a regular socket saver. However, the test socket adapter has terminals for testing.
--Harry Cap, Bridgewater, MA
In The Marketplace:
Italian Antique Radio Magazine
Antique Radio Magazine is a unique bimonthly publication dedicated to vintage radio and the history and technology of telecommunications. It includes an exclusive collection of original diagrams, documentation and illustration of technical data, history, research, traditions, and inventions that have revolutionized the telecommunications era: the gramophone, the phonograph, the telegraph, the telephone, military transmitting and receiving stations, and television. It is also one to have on hand as a guide for the latest exhibits, fairs, and auctions, both foreign and domestic.
All issues are printed with care on antiquated glazed paper with the graphic styling used in the 1920s. By collecting all back issues, you may create a unique, reliable encyclopedia in the elegant binders that are also available.
--Mose Battochio, Maser, Italy
We at A.R.C. have been exchanging subscriptions with "Antique Radio Magazine" since its first issue. The production quality is excellent and U.S. sets are included in most issues. I should point out, however, that most of the magazine is written in Italian. (Editor)
C.R. Leutz's Son Responds
The following letter was sent to the authors of the articles on the Leutz sets in the June 2000 A.R.C.
Your contributions to [Antique Radio Classified] as related to C.R. Leutz and two of his models is most gratifying. It's comforting to know that an interest remains in my Dad's contributions to early radio.
Having been born in 1923, I had full exposure, along with endless encouragement, but I never had any interest in radio.
I always wanted to fly and did so during World War II as a radioman/gunner with a carrier-based, dive-bombing squadron. My CW training made it easy for me to obtain General Class in '88. Great DXing -- I've worked 260+ countries! My Radio Amateur QSL card [partly reproduced above] was designed around my Dad's logo.
Thank you for rekindling some very fond memories.
Mort Leutz, KB8DTZ, Bluffton, SC
A.R.C. Connects Old Friends
Thank you for putting Steve Liddick in touch with me. You have connected me via e-mail with an old friend. I have been searching for him for a number of years, and apparently he was doing the same. What a wonderful service. Thank you so much.
--Ed Ripley, Maplewood, MN
Hard Copy Appreciated
First, thanks for a really nice magazine. Notwithstanding electronic gadgets, I still like to receive my hard copy. Please keep up the good work -- it's much appreciated.
--Barry Falcon, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada