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Update - 8th May

It is expected that Vintage Radio will be back online in the next ten days. This has been a road far too long and there have been many issues to overcome but hopefully this is the final week without the site.

There will be more to say on the whys, whats and wheres once the site is back up but for now, I am just working on the finishing touches.

Standby content

Future-proofing valve radios

We already know that in order to keep valve radios relevant, it is possible to build a small (valve or solid state) transmitter and feed a programme into it for broadcast onto a nearby valve radio. A couple of weeks ago, I ran into this thread on the British VR forums, outlining how a DAB module can be added to a valve radio to provide all the necessary tuning ability right inside the radio to tune in digital stations.

Note that this is for DAB, not DAB+, which is used here in Australia, and you would need to live in one of the state capitals to take advantage of it, assuming it is compatible with DAB+, but if all is well with both those challenges, here is the link:-

Fred's latest article - Restoring an Astor MQ 6 volt farm set

Fred has released an article on the restoration of an Astor MQ farm set, fitted with a 6 volt vibrator. Read this great article here:-

Marcc's article - Repairing valves (broken top caps)

Marcc has released an article showing how to repair a valve with a busted top cap. If you have such a valve, this is a good way to get it working again:-

Fred's recent article - Restoring a Tasma Part 3

Fred has released an article on the restoration of a Tasma console chassis. This is Part 3 of that article:-

This is what Brad has been up to of late - shifting house and unpacking radios!

The last six weeks or so has been quite un-nerving to say the least but now the rewards are starting to be realised. When a radio collector shifts out of a small place to a larger one, it means more radios can go on display. Below are two racks of some of the models I own. In the new year, once the VR forums have returned, some shelving will be acquired and set up to fit more in. Whilst there will never be room to display the entire collection, it's not fitting to own so many radios and not have them displayed so people can admire and appreciate them.

Some of Brad's radios  Some of Brad's radios

Fred's recent articles - Restoring a Tasma Part 1 & 2

Fred has released a two part article on the restoration of a Tasma console chassis:-

Fred's recent article - AM field strength meter - Part 2

Fred has released yet another article, an AM field strength meter:-

Fred's recent article - AM field strength meter - Part 1

Fred has released yet another article, an AM field strength meter:-

Brad's latest acquisition - An early 1930s STC Console in working order

This STC console has landed in the collection of the site administrator in the last couple of weeks. The radio is in working order and complete original condition, aside from a few component replacements when it was restored about twenty years ago. Please check the photos attached.

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Fred's recent article - A DAB to AM converter

Fred has released another article, this time on a DAB to AM converter:-

Brad's latest close shave on the road

It doesn't pay to use the road these days. It doesn't pay to be an insurance company either. Here's why:-

Fred's recent article - The Syncrodyne

Fred tried to post an article to his thread on the Syncrodyne but the site went offline just before it could be uploaded. Here it is in living colour:-

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