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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 5:33:33 PM on 9 September 2019.
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 Location: Rockhampton, QLD
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Hello, I'm from Qld and I'm new to this game. I just bought a 1946 Kriesler beehive art deco radio. The radio has had some work done to it by the previous owner and does work but needs a tuner string also a new antenna wire. How do I string it and whats the best string to use?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 6:14:06 PM on 9 September 2019.
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You can get proper dial cord off a few users on Ebay. It's quite inexpensive too. A 100 metre roll is around $27.00 from one seller though others offer it in lengths of a few metres for a proportionate amount. Search for dial cord on Ebay.

Welcome to the forums. An 11-4 is a nice radio, when it is done up.

From member MonochromeTV, here is the full service manual which contains the dial cord stringing document.

https://vintage-radio.com.au/docs/kriesler-11-4.pdf


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 7:34:38 PM on 9 September 2019.
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 GTC
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Welcome to V-R.

Be careful with the connecting bolts that hold the louvres together. Over tightening those will result in cracked louvres, which is a fairly common defect with specimens of that model.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 8:39:02 PM on 9 September 2019.
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Thanks, everyone for the information. I plan not to take apart the louvres only have split the top and bottom apart to gain access inside. Found that the speaker was replaced any chance of finding an original speaker and what light bulb do we use? as mine is blown.

Cheers Egretz


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 9:12:38 PM on 9 September 2019.
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If it's working, why bother changing the speaker? BTW: with that model there were two types of speaker used: earlier versions had electrodynamic; later versions had permanent magnet. Re-capping, if not already done, would be more productive.

Dial bulb would likely be 6.3v MES, like this: https://www.jaycar.com.au/6-3v-miniature-edison-screw-globe/p/SL2654

If bulbs are running too hot -- signs of damage on dial, etc, -- I generally install the 12 volt versions instead. They run dimmer and cooler on the 6.3v supply.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 9:40:34 PM on 9 September 2019.
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Thanks, mate will take that advice on and I won't change the speaker just need aerial cable to tune it in. Was told to use a 12V wire and have heaps up the shed with cloth on it. Also, have just ordered dial cord off eBay

Cheers Egretz


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 9:54:18 PM on 9 September 2019.
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Was told to use a 12 wire

Pretty much any wire will work as a receiving aerial. If you plan to run a long line antenna, keep in mind it's a potential lightning conductor, so don't leave it connected.

However, if the set isn't picking up strong local stations such as ABC with (say) just a metre of wire as an aerial, then it might be "deaf" and need servicing.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 6:04:12 AM on 10 September 2019.
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 Location: Rockhampton, QLD
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Thanks, GTC for the help only reason I'm adding more wire to it was cut very short by the previous owner and he also drilled a 5th hole in the bottom under the Kriesler name. I plan to fill the hole with plastic weld and touch it up with a brown paint pen to hide it.

Cheers Egretz


 
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