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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 11:26:59 PM on 7 April 2018.
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 Location: Lalor Park, NSW
 Member since 7 April 2018
 Member #: 2237
 Postcount: 55

Good evening all,

Mike here from Ashfield Sydney - just popping by to say hi!

As a background on myself, I've always been interested in electronics since I was a kid (mid 30s now) - my parents used to buy me the Dick Smith kits when I was 8, and have kept it up as a hobby.

I am also an avid reader of the Silicon Chip vintage radio articles, and seeing how people were able to bring this old technology back to life always intrigued me. Also - both the little Bakelite mantle piece sets, as well as the larger timber floor standing units had lots of visual appeal to me.

I remember that my great uncle used to have a couple of old radios at the family farm up in the mountains, and as a kid they always impressed me, but after he passed some 13 years ago, the place was renovated and alot of the old stuff was given the chuck.

So I bit the bullet and bought myself what appears to be an AWA Radiola 517M off ebay. Nothing too flash, just something to sink my teeth into.
I noticed that SC mag also did a restoration on this model about 2 years ago, so I have the old issue on back-order to have it as a reference.

Once the radio arrives, and my reference materials, I'll be embarking on a restoration project, and I'll be sure to write up a worklog with plenty of photos.
Who knows - this may turn into something regular!

Hope to be in contact with you to share my experiences and learn from you all.

-- Mike aka Skymaster

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 12:08:45 AM on 8 April 2018.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 6010

Welcome to V-R.

As you may know, Ashfield was the home of the mighty AWA organisation, so you've bought the right brand for your home.

Here's some discussion on that:


And here's the schematic for the 517M:


Create a thread in Tech Talk to discuss it. You'll find plenty of help from people on here.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 11:59:20 AM on 8 April 2018.
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 Location: Lalor Park, NSW
 Member since 7 April 2018
 Member #: 2237
 Postcount: 55

Thanks GTC for your welcome and information.

I had previously read that it was nearby but was never sure if the exact location, having only lived in the area for the last 4 years.
I'll have to talk to my father about it because he lived in the same unit I am now in back in the mid 70s whilst he was still at high school.

After looking through your attached thread, it's good to see that it was just up the road. I'm literally around the corner from Bunnings.

I'm looking forward to embarking on this journey and getting to know some of thy folk here.


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