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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:09:36 AM on 24 July 2018.
Diego's Gravatar
 Location: Brisbane, QLD
 Member since 7 April 2018
 Member #: 2235
 Postcount: 4

Hi all,

Diego from Brisbane here, a radio enthusiast looking to start collecting and restoring vintage radios, both transistor and valve sets.

My interest in radio dates back to my childhood, when I would sit by myself for hours on end trying to tune remote shortwave stations. I still find that fascinating in my mid-forties.

I have committed myself to learning the basics of electrical circuits and components, which I am doing now through books and videos. I ordered the Radio Theory Handbook, which I expect will arrive today.

At the same time, I am looking forward to learning safety procedures and getting some testing tools. Having no experience in electrical/electronic matters, I would appreciate some tips from the more experienced members in this forum.

It would be great to connect with other Brisbane-based members. I would also be interested in assisting to workshops, etc, where I could learn about radio repairing.

I hope I can make contributions to the forum at some point, always willing to lend a hand.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 1:03:54 PM on 24 July 2018.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 6406

Welcome to V-R.

Regarding books, see this page for some suggestions. I would suggest the first two for beginners.


You might like to consider joining the HWS:


 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 2:28:39 PM on 24 July 2018.
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 Location: Brisbane, QLD
 Member since 7 April 2018
 Member #: 2235
 Postcount: 4

Thanks for the welcome and the book suggestions, GTC.

I am indeed considering joining the HWS.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 4:48:48 PM on 15 August 2018.
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 Location: Cargo, NSW
 Member since 19 June 2018
 Member #: 2256
 Postcount: 94

Hi Diego
The list of books that GTC suggested you read can be downloaded from the internet for free.
Do a search for these books.
Here is a link for downloading ARRL Handbooks.


There are also a number of good tutorials on youtube such as this one


These should keep you going for a while

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 10:12:43 PM on 17 August 2018.
Tallar Carl's avatar
 Location: Latham, ACT
 Member since 21 February 2015
 Member #: 1705
 Postcount: 1816

Diego there is also a very good facebook group called The Real Bakelite and Antique Radio Page( HRSA FRIENDLY ). I spend a lot of time between it and here

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