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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 2:32:05 PM on 10 July 2015.
Richardjb's Gravatar
 Location: Newcastle, NSW
 Member since 10 July 2015
 Member #: 1772
 Postcount: 3

Hi Everyone,

I have just joined up today and look forward to much happy reading and with luck I may even help someone in return, but I have a lot to learn.

I have been collecting Vintage Radios for a number of years now and just picked up a nice little number yesterday, thats how I found this site as I went in search of info about my new little gem.

I have emails a pic to Brad so with luck it will appear here soon.

I am an electrician by trade and actualy work in the broadcast industry so have a little bit of background.

I currently have several of the middle aged bakelite models (dont know details off the top of my head) but my pride and joy is an old RCA model 17

I did however just pick up a "Radiola Personal Portable" which is so cute and like nothing I have ever seen before. Not to mention that it is in stunning condition so a little excited about that.

AWA Radiola Portable Valve Radio

Anyway Hello All


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 2:48:52 PM on 10 July 2015.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 6237

Welcome to V-R.

You're probably already aware of this, but just in case: Don't be tempted to power-up old radios that haven't been used for some time. Aged components such as electrolytic capacitors can cause some grief if they are not replaced, not to mention failed insulation on wiring, etc.

Many parts can be in the 'unobtainium' category, so preventing their destruction is a good move.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:35:17 PM on 10 July 2015.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
 Member #: 1
 Postcount: 6625

I used to own one of these, it was the AWA version though they are identical to the AGE version in all but name. The A-battery can be two C-cells (from memory) and the B-battery can be seven type 216 9 volt batteries connected in series. They will just fit in.

Welcome to the forums. Smile

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 11:32:02 PM on 10 July 2015.
Maven's avatar
 Location: Canberra, ACT
 Member since 23 August 2012
 Member #: 1208
 Postcount: 584

Interesting to see that Station Logging Card with entries on it. I wonder how many of those stations are still on air. Once you power it up, you could check if they match current stations in the Newcastle area, or perhaps the radio orginally was operated somewhere else.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 8:12:39 AM on 11 July 2015.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
 Member #: 1
 Postcount: 6625

2HD still transmits on AM though 2KO and 2NX shifted to FM a while back now. 2NC is still on AM. In the surrounding areas 2GO in Gosford has shifted to FM but 2NM is still on AM.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

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