What my restorations involve.

Posted by Keith Park on March 21, 2018  •  Comments(0)  • 

Operation: Antennas: Most of the early sets will require an antenna to operate, if they have an internal antenna it is stated in the Ad. The ground connection is no longer necessary as that is done thru the power cord on grounded chassis sets. Antennas can range from a 6 foot length of wire which will pick up local stations to several hundred feet looped around a wall or attic or strung out to a tree for distant stations or exceptional short wave performance.Normally I recommend 50 feet of wire run inside the house as any external antennas much have lightening protection.There are also "active" antennas on the market that can be purchased which will sit on the set top and amplify the signal before it is even fed in thru the antenna input on the set.Textbooks have been written on antenna design so if you wish to use your newly purchased antique radio for distant listening it might be worth researching. Single runs of wire used for an antenna should connect directly to the antenna connection "A".Loops of wire used for an antenna should be connected between the antenna connection "A" and ground or on sets with an "A" and "Z" antenna connection between the "A" and "Z" with the coupling between the "Z" and ground connection removed or disconnected.

About IPOD's

Posted by Keith Park on March 21, 2018  • Comments(0) • 

IPODS: Some sellers offer IPOD jack installation for a substantial fee, I do not however offer these modifications.The main reason I don't is the liability involved with changing the original design of the radio, these sets have several hundred volts in them and connecting an external device to that requires an interface that is safe to UL standards and being a hobbyist I'm not going to delve into that issue.Using existing audio inputs in sets ORIGINALLY equipped with them may work,depending on the signal level of the IPOD output,but it is done at the owners risk and no guarantees of performance of any kind are given or implied with such operation. I do have a way for purchasers to listen to something other than constant repeats of the same commercials and to the music of their choice on their antique radios however, a small AM transmitter called the SSTRAN AMT3000 is available in either kit or pre-assembled and ready to go form, this is then connected to the IPOD and the radio tuned to an empty spot on the dial for listening.This is not only a safe way of doing things but this one transmitter will work on any and all of the sets in your collection individually or all at the same time.You will find this cheaper than paying to have even 2 sets modified from other restorers. This device can be found here: http://www.ontheair3.com/index10.html Please note that I do not have any connection with this seller or their business, you may find other sites that sell this in kit or pre-assembled form.