The Society is incorporated as a non-profit corporation. The Society is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of historic-communications equipment and early electronic entertainment media, with an emphasis on the Pittsburgh area and related material. Members are encouraged to acquire, restore or replicate historic items and collect publications, recordings and other materials related to the history of communications and broadcasting.

12th Annual - Tri State Radio Fest SUNDAY April 17th 2016

04/17/2016 08:30

NEXT TSRF Sunday April 17, 2016 -

Location - Center Stage Banquet Hall
1495 Old Broadhead Rd. Monaca, Pa. 15061
near the border of Pennsylvania & Ohio - see directions below
Flea Market Dealer set up 6:30AM to 8:30AM
Flea Market sales : 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Auction check in your items 9:00AM to 12:00 noon
Contest Display theme - "Crosley Radios" (Antique/Vintage - no reproductions)

PARS Public Service Anouncement

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Web Story of a Silvertone

PARS member Mark Hepburn takes us on a web based journey of his combo phonograph radio Silvertone Model 110-146 project.


TTri-State Radio Fest 2016
For Immediate Release

Vintage radios and early audio equipment will be on exhibit, with many pieces offered to buyers, at the Tri-State Radio Fest Sunday, April 17.
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, Center Square Shopping Center,1495 Old Brodhead Road, Monaca PA 15061 (Beaver County).

One Transistor Radio Project

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
now obsolete.
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.

"The Breting 12 Receiver" by Joe Patrick

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

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