Here are a few older radios in various processes of restoration
Type: AM Broadcast / Longwave / Shortwave Receiver
Frequencies: 125-350Khz , 500-1500Khz, 1.6-30MHZ (in 2 bands)
Original Cost: $40 in 1935 dollars or $705 in 2014 dollars!!
Comments: Dial is displayed in both Cycles per Second (Hz) and Meters as during this period there was no real standard naming convention for frequency. Made during the depression. To make it more affordable during this period Midwest would sell the only the chassis and matching speaker, no cabinet. The cabinet is home made when I was a kid. Includes w/ manual & flyer. Knobs are not attached but have them.
Condition: Fully operational. This was restored back around 1980. However, the caps were never re-built and it’s definitely time to change! Would also like to place it in a new (better) cabinet, possibly plexiglass so the original no-chassis version can be seen.
Size: Radio 23″w x 12″d x 12″h Speaker 15″w x 8″d x 15″h
Type: Early AM/FM/78RPM record console radio
Frequencies: 550-1500KHz (AM), 88-108MHz (FM)
Original Cost: About $150-$200 in 1948 dollars or $1,500-$2,000 in 2014 dollars!
Comments: Yes, the tire company made radio’s! It even has the manual and warranty card! FM broadcast radio was mostly sparse and experimental until the 1960’s.
Condition: Still works! But due to the age it’s not advisable to run it long until the caps have been replaced. Restoration not started yet.
Size: 36″w x 16″d x 35″h
Type: Post WWII AM/Shortwave receiver, commonly used to listen to both AM and Amateur radio.
Frequencies: 540KHz – 44MHz in 4 bands
Original Cost: $80 in 1946 dollars or $970 in 2014 dollars!
Comments: Included a “BFO” to hear CW (morse code) better and decode Single Sideband Signals (SSB) which were in the early stages of operation at the time.
Condition: Operational but restoration not started.
Size: TBD ** Hinged lid for easy access to tubes as well as inside view **
Type: Amateur Radio Receiver
Frequencies: 80,40,20,15,10M Amateur bands. SSB, CW, and AM modes.
Original Cost: $260 in 1963 dollars or $2,000 in 2014 dollars!
Comments: All Tubes. Until the 1970’s Receivers and Transmitters were commonly separate units, with the exception of a few top of the line models. Sold as a kit and assembled by the purchaser.
Condition: Operational and mostly restored. Caps need to be replaced. VFO is sticky in spots and needs to be cleaned/lubricated. Waiting to find a good price on the optional AM filter.
Size: 15″w x 8″h x 15″d ** Hinged lid for easy access to tubes as well as inside view **
Type: Amateur radio transceiver
Frequencies: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10M amateur bands. SSB and CW modes.
Original Cost: $399 in 1970 dollars or $2,425 in 2014 dollars!
Comments: Mostly tubes with a few transistors and diodes. Along with the introduction or more semiconductors, SSB had mostly replaced AM modes of operation. Sold as a kit and assembled by the purchaser.
Condition: A basket case! Unit is off frequency, has distorted audio, and needs new relays.
Size: 15″w x 8″h x 15″d
Type: Amateur Radio Transceiver
Frequencies: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10M amateur bands. SSB and C W operation.
Original Cost: $800 in 1980 dollars or $2,300 in 2014 dollars!
Comments: 95% solid state (Diodes, Transistors, basic Integrated Circuits), note the digital display. 3 tubes were still used for transmitting due to the high cost of high power transistors.
Condition: Another basket case with several problems.
Size: 15″w x 8″h x 16″d