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
PARS member Mark Hepburn takes us on a web based journey of his combo phonograph radio Silvertone Model 110-146 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
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.
Memories of PARS Secretary Ed McGuigan
By PARS Member Lou Gaetano
Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society member Edward McGuigan passed away in December, 2016. He will be missed.
Ed was a good friend of mine. He had visited me on an average of about once a week for the past 20 years. He usually
brought at least one radio for repair each time he came. We would go to the workshop and pull the latest victim (radio)
apart and see what was wrong with it. During this time, we would talk about everything from pies to politics, radios to
The Tri-State Radio Fest returns Sunday, April 23.
Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society (PARS) and the Buckeye Antique Radio and Phonograph Club of Akron, this daylong vintage radio show will be held at the Center Stage Banquet Hall, Center Square Shopping Center, 1495 Old Brodhead Road, Monaca PA 15061.