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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 7:57:58 PM on 28 January 2013.
Agrajag's Gravatar
 Location: Adelaide, SA
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Hi All

I am new to Valve radio's but recently purchased 2 locally.
They are both tall around 90cm. Not sure what you call that style.

The first one took a little to work out what it is but as far as I can tell its a 1934 Radiola AWA Fisk R240.

The other I am not sure what it is except 1937 has the work AIRPLAYER on the round dial window.
Also on the dial window are the words ROme, France, Germany, Holland etc. no mention of australian stations.
Seems to be Short wave.

I worked out the dates based on the ARTS&P code.

The Airplayer is in the best condition.

Both are not working but a quick test things light up.

Regards
Justin


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 8:22:43 PM on 28 January 2013.
Brad's avatar
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They are console radios.

Keep the tests short as prolonged use without replacement of certain components can damage the valves and they aren't always easy to come by. You may find that power cords aren't in the best nick either.

That said, welcome to the Vintage Radio forums. If you'd like to try your hand at restoring either of these sets I am sure I and other members here can give you a hand with suggestions and tips.

One tip worth remembering though is that the circuitry in valve radios can bite hard. High tension voltages typically exceed mains voltages. It would be handy to have some experience with electronics before going it alone with a chassis restoration.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:51:32 PM on 28 January 2013.
Agrajag's Gravatar
 Location: Adelaide, SA
 Member since 28 January 2013
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Hi Brad

Thanks for the info.

The Radiola Fisk seems to work, managed to get a MW channel sounded great.
The main restoration needed for this one is the ripped grill material and it also seems to missing 1 of the 2 dial globes.

The Airplayer seems to be missing 3 globes and I can't hear anything.

I certainly won't be touching anything in there.

Regards
Justin


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 9:33:54 PM on 28 January 2013.
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Realistic grille cloth isn't easy to get though there are sometimes suitable materials available. Silk or rayon in a warm colour is usually best. If there is part of the original material that is still in good nick then I'd hang onto that for later use in a smaller radio.

Avoid, where possible, running old grille cloth through the wash. It shrinks like crisps packets in the oven. If it needs a wash just dab it with a damp cloth.

The main threat to an old radio is the condensers (known today as capacitors). Several types dry out and cause short circuits or open circuits and can even change the state they are in from open circuit to short circuit as the radio heats up. When this happens they can either smoulder or go bang. There could be other problems too. Some radios have a reputation for cooking their power transformers. Others will have restoration jobs half finished and there could also be electrical booby traps.

It's just a case of testing the depth of the water before taking a dive. Smile


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 1:00:09 AM on 29 January 2013.
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 Location: Wauchope, NSW
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Hi Agrajag, and welcome to the forums!

I personally can't give any advice as to your radios, as I am a television collector and repairer. If you do need help, the best way is to start a seperate thread for the radio in question. There are lots of friendly and helpful folk on here.

Cheers,

Chris


 
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