RADIO MISCELLANEA -- DECEMBER 2000 From Antique Radio Classified for December 2000
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Blaupunkt Model Identification
I have the same Blaupunkt radio shown in the October 2000 Photo
Review and owned by Joseph Jackson, except for some minor cosmetic
differences. My radio is a Blaupunkt Model 22570 "Derby." The
"Blaupunkt" name appears in the gap of the frame around the speaker
grille at the top. The model name "Derby" is written in script
letters in the location on the speaker grille where the "Blaupunkt"
name appears on Mr. Jackson's radio.
As Mr. Jackson mentions, the radio can be used in an automobile with
the proper attachments. There is a removable cover on the bottom of
the radio. Under this cover is a connector for automobile operation.
--Donald Borowski, Spokane, WA
A Great Day at AWA Meet
The following are excerpts from John Hagman's Internet report of his
one great day (September 7) at the AWA meet in Rochester. His
exhuberance must have been contagious. (Editor)
I have just returned from a longer than expected drive - somehow the
ride home from Rochester always is that way. Camping out the night
before was glorious - I didn't even burn all my wood! Since this
year's meet was after Labor Day for the first time, the huge Cayuga
Lake State Park campground (30 miles east of Rochester) was almost
totally empty, and the dogs staked out dozens of sites as our own.
I arrived at the meet at 5:40 A.M. and had no trouble parking right
on the I-90 side of the hotel lot. Though I usually never buy
anything with my flashlight, this time I did find a neat
Stromberg-Carlson chairside with that funky, almost ugly style the
company seemed to love. By 6:30, I had bought a Philco 16B early
version tombstone and a Philco 20 with intact grille and cabinet, but
no speaker, both for $200 total.
I wandered around... picked up a vernier dial, half a dozen knobs, an
Atwater Kent grille cloth, capacitors, wire, tubes, etc. - this
essential small-parts shopping is the really irreplaceable part of
flea markets. I just couldn't have done it on eBay - no way!
All in all, I had a great time and accomplished a lot. I really found
everything I needed, more than I expected. But, one thing that was
quite unpleasant was this braying noise that kept washing over the
crowd - eBay, eBay, eBay ...cheaper on eBay ...I saw ...sold on eBay
...big, bad eBay has ruined everything ...eBay, schmeBay, I say.
eBay has replaced swaps like cybersex has replaced real sex - in
reality, it has just put a dent in it. Preference for real human
contact is simply not going to go away.
Thanks to AWA for a great meet - it's always an incomparable
experience and worth every minute of the drive.
--John Hagman, Burlington, VT
Kudos and Correction
The article on the Military Radio Collectors Group annual meet and on
various pieces of equipment in the October 2000 issue was very well
done. I want to thank you all very much. I have already received
several comments from your readers.
One minor correction: the photo on page 22 states that the German
battleship Bismark was sunk in 1944. The correct date is May 27,
1941, at 10:39 in the morning.
Hank Brown, Lancaster, CA
The incorrect date did not come from the author, Hank Brown, but from
another source. We rely on the accuracy of the information supplied
by contributors, but, of course, the buck stops here. (Editor)
Preserve the Muchow Collection
Has anyone given any thought to forming an organization to preserve
Dr. Muchow's radio collection intact as a museum?
I know that everyone who has attended the ARCI radio meets at Elgin,
Illinois, has enjoyed viewing this incredible collection. It would be
a serious misfortune to all radio historians, researchers, and
collectors, if we missed the opportunity to save this collection for
--Phillip Drexler, St. Paul, MN
As we all know, there are many collections out there worth
preserving, and many museums have been started by interested groups.
Unfortunately, to keep such an enterprise going requires an enormous
investment of time and money on the part of survivors and/or
preservers. If that kind of commitment is not possible, the
collection must be sold. We can take comfort in the fact that the
individual items will enhance the collections of other people who
will also become temporary caretakers of these treasures. (Editor)
Another "Dummies" Book
Another book that the "radio dummies" could look for is Elements of
Radio by Marcus and Horton. This book was published by Prentice Hall
for the War Department in 1943 for military training courses in
radio. It is a basic text and contains only basic high school math
and circuit diagrams. It's possible that used book dealers might have
--Alton A. DuBois, Jr., Queensbury, NY
The Type 45 tubes sold OK via my May 2000 A.R.C. ad. I could have
sold at least 100 of them! Thank you.
--Jim Farago, Minneapolis, MN