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 Post subject: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Sun 03, 2019 6:59 am 
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I was lucky enough to pick up a BRAND NEW Candle Shortwave Radio built circa 1964
Even the original batteries were included in the box.

I turned on the 55 year radio and no matter what band the volume cuts out when raised and is scratchy.

The indicator lamps also dim substantially when volume is raised too.

Are there places where I can get this beautiful relic recapped and totally working. It is flawless. I have several of the Candle radios of this model in poor condition too perhaps to test with.

I just wish to restore this wonderful radio.

Thank you for any help


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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Mon 04, 2019 9:10 am 
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might be as easy as deoxit to the pots/switches.
btw even if the 50+ year old batteries measure good voltage its doubtful they will run anything.
so if you put them in the set and they made it do anything thats totally unexpected.
the lights dimming is the power source falling on its face when the load increases.


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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Mon 04, 2019 4:32 pm 
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I am not using the original batteries just AC

Do you think recapping is an option too?


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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Mon 04, 2019 4:52 pm 
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possibly.
they are well past their use by date!


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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Mon 04, 2019 4:59 pm 
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Are there any people here on Antique Radios that perform this service or can recommend someone?


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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Tue 05, 2019 2:21 am 
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I have the same radio. Good performer. I bought mine at a garage sale for 5.00. The telescoping antenna was damaged. You were lucky to get one in such great shape.
If your radio is receiving OK, the volume control and the band buttons may just need a cleaning as noted by a previous poster It is a relatively simple procedure if you can get at the controls and give them a spritz of De-Oxit or CRC cleaner. You then have to work the controls back and forth a few times. Go easy on the amount of spray, however.
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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Tue 05, 2019 9:14 am 
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Nice radio. Radios like that were often offered as premiums with gasoline
credit card accounts, where the radio payment was taken out over a number of
months. I saw a lot of those sets with the FM and PB as well as the AM bands
back them.

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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Wed 06, 2019 2:41 am 
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As the others mentioned, when a transistor radio sits for a great length of time, oxidation can build up in the volume and tone controls, as well as the bandswitch.

Your radio's volume control sounds like it may be acting up and could possibly use a small shot of control lubricant.

Whenever I spray inside a radio with a can of cleaner I usually insert a hank of paper towel or something similar inside the radio to ward off overspray from hitting all over the place.


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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Wed 06, 2019 2:51 am 
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So a 55 YO never used radio does not have to be recapped? How about the dimness in the indicator lamps as volume is increased, bad caps or will de-oxing solve it?


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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Wed 06, 2019 2:54 am 
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Another spray trick is to aim the spray into a test tube or beaker, then use an eyedropper
to drip it into the openings of the controls or on to the contacts of the switches.

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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Wed 06, 2019 5:54 am 
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So a 55 YO never used radio does not have to be recapped? How about the dimness in the indicator lamps as volume is increased, bad caps or will de-oxing solve it?

If you want peak performance, the caps should definitely be replaced. They dry out over half a century, whether the set is energized from time to time or not. Not sure about the indicator lamp dimness, but could be that recapping will solve the problem. If not, at least that possibility will have been removed.

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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Wed 06, 2019 6:43 am 
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Is there anybody in the wonderful forum who recaps and wants a customer?


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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Sat 09, 2019 9:28 pm 
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If you decide to do the repair yourself here is a video of a restoration of your radio. The light dimming is just a result of the design of the radio. It wasn't a high end radio in its day although a decent performer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81f8dIrbhg4&t=749s

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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Sat 09, 2019 9:32 pm 
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Copiertech wrote:
If you decide to do the repair yourself here is a video of a restoration of your radio. The light dimming is just a result of the design of the radio. It wasn't a high end radio in its day although a decent performer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81f8dIrbhg4&t=749s


Wow, thank you so much !


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 Post subject: Re: Brand New 1964 Candle Shortwave radio needs repair
PostPosted: Feb Wed 13, 2019 3:22 am 
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It's shown on Sarah Lowrey's radio collection website. She sold her collection and shut down her website, but it can still be viewed at Archive.org:
https://web.archive.org/web/20070830102 ... dle11.html

I bought that radio from her! I don't think she used it much, she mostly acquired sets that interested her or were collectible. Some radios she used a lot, others, not so much! :)

When I got it from her, the switches and controls were horribly scratchy. It took multiple cleanings with CRC. Audio was still weak, but I did nothing further to it. It also had a failed band-indicator bulb. That's why I believe Sarah hadn't actually used this radio much, if at all. More work to repair than I wanted to get into, but it was very clean and new-looking and I did like the radio. I eventually sold it on for $20 with full disclosure of what I'd found.
-Ed

Some pics I took. Viewed from the rear, the row of five multipin bandswitches are along the top right side. The amplifier board with its light-green capacitors is upright along the right side. The volume and tone controls are hidden beneath the metal plate where the AC cord is stored. The slots to insert the AC plug when stored was a nice touch. Well-made, with lots of metal inside and heavy chrome on the outside, with that large and luxurious grille, dial lights and fancified color-coded band indicators for ample eye candy appeal.


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