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 Post subject: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
PostPosted: Aug Mon 23, 2021 2:40 am 
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It's weird that it has an aluminum front panel.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/384331955732?s ... 1431.l2649

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
PostPosted: Aug Mon 23, 2021 4:32 am 
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More weird, the "normal" sliding secondary of the loose coupler is used for a plate circuit feedback coil... So the schematic seems to indicate. Chas

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
PostPosted: Aug Mon 23, 2021 12:18 pm 
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Looks like a mish mash of components from different time periods all put together on one board. Looks like something a modern day collector would put together to make something that looks old, authentic, and CONTEST presentable. Unfortunately, he wasn't all that historically or time period careful. He used two sets of different styled connecting posts on the board, the wiring is just a little too perfect, the antenna and ground wiring, to the coil, are beneath the board while all of the other wiring is above it, and that aluminum front panel just kills it. That's just modern day thinking and not 1920s thinking. No respectable radio builder from the 20s or any time period would have thrown in that aluminum front panel regardless of how convenient it may be. The finish on the board looks perfect and new, the letter engravings are white filled in (who does that?) and even the drawn-out paper looks to be in prefect condition, no edge wear, no rips or tares, no age marks, absolute minimal creases, like it was recently drawn on a piece of old blank paper in order to make it look old and authentic. I'm guessing it was constructed sometime in the 70s or 80s. It just screams modern day homebrew using vintage components.

The way that receiver is set up, that's one hell of a huge tickler feedback coil. Something only a modern day constructor would hook up that way. People back in the 20s knew better then that.

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
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I liked reading the documents, it was a good reconstruction but needs to be more period correct. He did win a 3rd place ribbon. The seller is somewhat sketchy as his feedback has many negatives, and neutrals.

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
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I liked reading the documents, it was a good reconstruction but needs to be more period correct. He did win a 3rd place ribbon. The seller is somewhat sketchy as his feedback has many negatives, and neutrals.


Looks like most of his negatives are in regard to poor packing. I wouldn't buy anything fragile or heavy from this guy.

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
PostPosted: Aug Wed 25, 2021 12:19 am 
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wow sold $1524.76

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
PostPosted: Aug Mon 30, 2021 4:36 pm 
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Expensive way to get parts.

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
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I tried to get "some" sort of analysis out of the bidders list. Two bidders slowly driving up the price.... What is curious is that bidder *7100* came in early on at $12.50... :roll:

I would like to know just what those two bidders 7100 & 234 thought about that radio...

https://www.ebay.com/bfl/viewbids/38433 ... 7675.l2565

Was that it looked old and was a great decorator item?

Was that the provenance was sufficient enough that it was a desired artifact?

Was it that the radio was a past AWA contest winner?

Or was it the reputation and glitzy store front presented by the seller?

Or is it a competition of a shill or two shills and someone is now left with "holding the bag"?

Do I have to look at my meager collection of wireless era parts in a new way $$$$$?

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You gotta wonder about auctions like that one.

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The coil looks factory made and possibly prewar and the tuning capacitor is a Clap Eastham and that defiantly looks prewar. I'm guessing this receiver was bought solely to acquire one or both of those parts, maybe even just that tuning knob. If someone has a historically significant and rare piece of radio equipment and this receiver has that one missing part to complete it, I can see someone paying a wacky high price just to finish it and end it's parts search once and for all.

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
PostPosted: Aug Mon 30, 2021 10:23 pm 
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The coil looks factory made and possibly prewar and the tuning capacitor is a Clap Eastham and that defiantly looks prewar. I'm guessing this receiver was bought solely to acquire one or both of those parts, maybe even just that tuning knob. If someone has a historically significant and rare piece of radio equipment and this receiver has that one missing part to complete it, I can see someone paying a wacky high price just to finish it and end it's parts search once and for all.


I'd take the Clapp Eastham tuner, and the coupler. The rest seems to be parts gathered from a junk box. Also I wonder why the wiring is not underneath the baseboard? To bad we don't have a picture of its original build.

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
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Maybe I missed the fine print where it also comes with the title to a bridge in New York.

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
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Found out who bought it, and he basically wanted the rare loose coupler for his collection.

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
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I bet he's a member of ARF.

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 Post subject: Re: interesting 1 tube wireless radio
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I don't think he is very active here.

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