RADIO MISCELLANEA -- APRIL 2000
From Antique Radio Classified for April 2000
(Copyright 1996-2000 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
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"Radios as Furniture" & "Multivalve"
The fine article "Radios as Furniture" by Gerry Schneider and his wish for a dining room table reminded me of my grandfather, Henry Gloomfritz. He once glued together four Bendix 646A end table radios and used them for a while in his dining room. Unfortunately, the guys in his poker group could not agree on a single program, so the resulting din of competing stations brought complaints from the neighbors, and he abandoned the idea. It was hard to sit at his table anyway because of all those legs!
Thanks for printing my Multivalve article, though the pictures for Figures 5 and 6 got transposed. A "final final" Compacton set that I developed using a regenerative circuit is the hottest one of all in terms of speaker volume.
---Dick Parks, Oakton, VA
We try to be as accurate as possible in our articles, but sometimes errors occur. In this case, the photos were inadvertently transposed during layout. (Editor)
A.R.C. Service is Top Notch!
Just want to thank you for responding so fast to my request to replace a section of the February 2000 issue that had been misprinted. I was hoping only for the article on old capacitors, but I got the entire issue less than 72 hours after I notified you via e-mail. Now that is service! You only confirm my belief -- A.R.C.'s standards of product and service are top notch!
--John Lovering, Hampton, NH
80 Percent of Ads Sell
80 percent of my ads sell. Now that's a good average. Pocket money here and there helps -- and now there's more room to move about in my house! Thanks.
--R.G. Purcell, Cleveland, OH
Seeks Auto Radio Info
Thanks for the interesting articles on various radio subjects. Although I am not technically oriented, I enjoy reading about discovery and restoration. I have a B-L rectifier, Model 160 C4, auto radio filterpac, 115V-AC, 6V-DC, by B-L Electric Mfg. Co., St. Louis, Missouri. I think it was used to bench test auto radios.
My question is how is it used, and can I use it to run some old auto radios? It looks complete, but I have not cleaned it up from years of attic storage, and I hesitate to plug it in without knowing whether or not I could do some damage. I would appreciate any information your readers can give me. Keep up the good work.
--Bill De Vries, Dixfield, ME
Broadcast Band Intereference
I recently repaired an RCA Radiola 80. When I checked it out after it was back in the cabinet, I found howling and squealing on many stations across the dial. I was relieved when I turned off my portable fluorescent lamp and the interference stopped. The battery-powered multivibrator circuit for the fluorescent bulb had been generating many harmonics in the broadcast band and surely gave me a start!
--Harold Wright, Chancellor, AL
Yet Another Early Rider's
I read with interest Charles Kirsten's article "The Four Versions of Rider's Trouble Shooter's Manuals -- Volume II" in the February 2000 A.R.C. I also have a number of the various versions of early Rider's Manuals and have found Kirsten's article quite enlightening.
I have yet another version of early Rider's. My variation differs, not in content, but in binding. I have Volumes I, II, and III combined into one large binder about eight inches thick! The binder is stamped, "Rider's Perpetual Trouble Shooter's Manuals I, II, III," so it must have come that way from Rider. The contents are identical to the late folio versions and are separated by tabbed, index pages. At one time, I also had Volumes IV, V, VI bound the same way. They are unwieldy to use, so I speculate that they were supplied to radio parts stores and distributors to be used on a reference/catalog rack similar to those found in auto parts stores.
I have more details if folks are interested.
--Paul Joseph Bourbin, San Francisco, CA
Cabin Fever Fun
Just a short note of thanks for giving our winter Central Ohio Antique Radio Association (COARA) show "Cabin Fever" a little plug in your "Editor's Comments." We thank you for such consideration, as we are not one to the "biggies" among shows. But we are growing -- we are up to about 42 dealer tables.
--Barry Gould, Hilliard, OH
Web Link Success
Thank you for putting my CK722 Transistor Web page on your site. I am seeing two or three hits a day through your site with a total of five to ten hits a day.
--Jack Ward, Brookline, MA
A.R.C. is the best hobby magazine I have seen. Thanks. Keep up the good work.
--Thomas Shelton, New Boston, NH