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 Fred Lever's 1932 4 valve Reinartz Radio for 2017
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 4:27:02 PM on 6 January 2017.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
 Member since 19 November 2015
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Hi All. I have finally finished this project, the Reinartz set that I started months ago and posted a bunch of experimental articles while I was finding my way with old time valves and "reaction" coils and stuff.

The set has finished up with two type 57, 1 type 47 and 1 type "80" valves. The 80 is in quotes because I have cheated with some diodes there! There are also some cheats with new parts hidden under the chassis out of sight. The speaker is a hoot with a kitchen utensil married to a monitor stand.
The set also features some fruit tins as valve shields, PC cabinets for chassis but as many old time Bakelite and Ceramic parts as I could find to match up with the genuine elderly parts on view. At least the tuning gangs and the dial are the real deal!

It works like an absolute cracker as I detail in the text.. I have added a slightly tongue in cheek "1932" operating instructions at the end that detail EXACTLY how to use it.

Not knowing much about early radios I am wondering how much the set "looks the part" and perhaps I may horrify the "historical radio" types?
Its all good fun!

Cheers Fred Lever.

Reinartz Radio Build 2017

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 11:36:25 AM on 29 September 2021.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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The Reinartz 4 finaly made it into print in SC's October 21 issue page 94!
The production crew have condensed my endless pages of dribble, in a marvellous effort, to 9 pages.
They have done a smack up job of drafting the circuit neatly.
Its almost good enough as a constructional article!

Had to laugh, they have a half page photo of the clip lead lash up of the circuit with HV stuff all over the bench with caption virtually saying "do not do this"!!!!!!! Even I had to be careful and only poke at things with wooden stick...dont put your fingers in there!
They need to do more articles from constructors developing stuff in a real world situation like this.
R&D was always like this, stuff spread all over the workshop whether you are developing a toaster or a space shuttle.

Congrats to SC on the effort to bring the "mad professor's" work to the masses!

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:34:21 PM on 29 September 2021.
Ian Robertson's Gravatar
 Location: Belrose, NSW
 Member since 31 December 2015
 Member #: 1844
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Yes Fred they are a great crew down there in Brooky! They did a good job with my efforts too.
Although why they have to re-draw my Altium circuits I'll never know!

Looking forward to the October issue arriving!

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 11:23:58 PM on 21 November 2021.
Robbbert's avatar
 Location: Hill Top, NSW
 Member since 18 September 2015
 Member #: 1801
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When I was at Jaycar the other day I saw a pile of SCs on the counter so I idly flicked over to the Vintage section - and there is the name of Fred Lever ! Congrats!

I stopped buying SC about 2 years ago, as the majority of stuff is of little interest, and I no longer go around looking for old radios to purchase. My repair jobs are limited to when something I already own breaks down.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 7:08:23 AM on 22 November 2021.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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Hi Rob, I bought a susbscription for SC as I have found the mag is now a sort of "Scientific Australia" as it covers many subjects of cutting edge tech.
And they print some of my mad radio jobs!
I sent off a flash drive with some more vintage radio stuff for them to consider so some more mad projects may turn up in the future.

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