PARS member Mark Hepburn takes us on a web based journey of his combo phonograph radio Silvertone Model 110-146 project.
Upcoming Events Summary:
PARS 2014 schedule
• March 8th, Radio Clinic – Vintage Portable Transistor Radios
• *April 6th TSRF - Center Stage Monaca – Zenith Radios
• May 31st t, Vintage Portable TVs
• *July 27fh Summer Picnic – North Park - Walkie Talkies
• Sept. 14th, Fall Auction – Kit Radios
• Oct 25, Radio Clinic – Test Equipment, other than tube testers -
• Dec 6th, Holiday Luncheon – Department or Auto Store Radios
Held at Brentwood Presbyterian Church Location except TSRF and Picnic
NOTE CORRECTION on next TSRF – NEW DATE SUNDAY APRIL 6th 2014
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Tri-State Radio Fest 2013
For immediate release
Antique radio enthusiasts, dealers and collectors will be on hand for the Tri-State Radio Fest Sunday, April 21 in Monaca.
Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society (PARS) and the Buckeye Antique Radio and Phonograph Club of Akron, the event will be held at the Center Stage Banquet Hall, 1495 Old Brodhead Road, Monaca PA 15061.
Vintage communications gear, spare parts and memorabilia from the Golden Age of Radio will be displayed, sold and auctioned off.
Mike Starcher, KB4YJ, lives in Louisville, Kentucky and is retired after 38
years working in electronics and radio communications.
He started his website as a means of sharing his hobby of building radios and
other electronic equipment using old parts, materials and practices that are
He has been interested in radio and electronics since he was very young. And
has always loved to build things with the parts he was continually collecting.
In recent years, Mike has enjoyed building projects more than ever. I credit
A few months ago, I was asked by Chris Wells, PARS President, if I
would be interested in “coming up” with a club “construction project”.
Something simple and safe, such as a regenerative receiver, low-voltage
“Space Charge” receiver or self-powered crystal radio set.
One unique crystal radio design in particular has held my interest for
several years now. I stumbled upon it on the Internet and have since
wanted to build and experiment with it. That circuit is known worldwide
as the “Mystery Crystal Set” of Australia.
Little did I realize the journey I was about to take from simply reading an online craigslist© ad – it was an estate-sale advertisement
for liquidating the contents of a once very active Pittsburgh-area electronic repair shop....
My Breting 12 purchase is a big, heavy, solidly-constructed 50+-pound receiver with an 18-gauge chrome-plated chassis
and transformers, and highly-polished Aluminum tube shields – similar in design to Scott’s and other high-quality receivers
of the time. The Breting 12 offered 550Kc to 32,000Kc 5-band reception using 12 tubes, dual panel meters and a