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I would like to find the name and model number of an antique radio that my mother had here in the USA. I will tell you what it looked like: It was red. It was A/M only. The only controls was a large red round flat tuning dial in the middle top. It was between about 2.5 to 3.5 inches in diamatar. It also had a volume control/on-off switch on the left front top corner. It was plastic. It was 4 to 5 inches deep. It was about 6 to 7 inches tall and maybe 10 inches wide. Looking inside, my mother said it took two batteries that we never bought because they were very expensive, hard to find and didn't last long. They were of two different sizes and shapes. From where the batteries looked like they would have went, they didn't look like anything I have ever seen. To make the batteries work, my mother said the plug had to be plugged back into the inside. When opened, it opened from the top to the bottom and may have had hingews on the bottom or not. It used tubes but they looked like smaller tubes. If you could tell me what kind of radio this was and where I might find it, I would be appreciative. Ron DeWitt (205)266-3589
Ronald A. DeWitt <>
Birmingham, Al USA - Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 01:52:28
Adrian: Wonderful site, collection and resource. Having many of these lesser known models displayed is a real asset to anyone interested in old radios. And who wouldn't be? I've bookmarked your collection and intend on coming back often... to see what trouble you've gotten into... for our benefit! Check out my collection, too, at the site shown. General radios at the "various other radios" clam, and also at the "radio direction finders" clam. Rich.
H. Rich SantaColoma <helio6*nospam*>
USA - Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 22:05:07

Hello Adrian. I'm very happy to see your website devoted to, shall I say, the better quality valved radios of long ago. I've always loved the high quality of sound that they give and, if I can say, the challenge of repairing them, when they go wrong. Yours sincerely, Bruce
bruce king <>
Harrogate, N/Yorkshire Uk - Friday, August 18, 2006 at 00:22:38

Greetings. My late father was a commercial airline pilot. While packing up his things, I came across a Learavian radio 402C in excellent condition complete with schematic. I am sure that there is a collector out there who would want this unit. Otherwise, I am likely going to toss it or put it on eBay with no idea of a fair price. Any suggestions? I would rather give it to a collector than sell the thing for a few lousy dollars.
G. Dutery <>
Boca Grande, FL USA - Monday, August 7, 2006 at 07:10:53

Hi, I have been a ham since 1954. Just ran across your web site while looking for information on Hallicrafters SX 23, A friend of mine whose husband died 10 years ago, and she is just now ready to part with his radios. How old is is and how much is it worth us? Carl W4TEX
Carl Powell (W4TEX) <carlpowell2@comcast.netet>
Tuscumbia AL, USA - Friday, July 7, 2006 at 09:14:31

Interesting web site Adrian - enjoyed looking
Roy Basham Jr. <>
Cleburne,, Tx. USA - Monday, June 5, 2006 at 05:04:57

Very interesting, Adrian!
Maitiu Standun <>
Dublin , Leinster, Ireland - Friday, February 17, 2006 at 01:28:22

Well done!
USA - Monday, February 6, 2006 at 20:46:02

Just 'discovered' your Web site, Nice stuff!. I collect portable tube SW sets. Transoceanics, etc. Just added a Philips LX422AB. Always looking for more...
Joe Farkas <>
Huntington, IN USA - Monday, February 6, 2006 at 04:25:41

Very nice and useful site! Thanks!
PokerManiak <>
Omaha, Co USA - Sunday, February 5, 2006 at 22:14:29

In the early fifties there was a duplicated document circulating around the retail trade which was a mildly pornagraphic review of a transceiver under the heading of A-N-4-Q-2. It was duplicated, about three pages. Much to our surprise it appeared in a radio magazine accompanied with a photograph of items of radio equipment arranged in the form of two humans. I understood st the time that there was a panic and most of the magazines were withdrawn. Both my copies of the original and the magazine have been lost over time. I have been searching for it for years and have only met one person who remembered it. I thought that it was in Radio Constructor, the person I met said it was Wireless World, I doubt that as it was not the type of article WW would publish. I'm sure it was A5 size. It could have been SWM, or PW. If it could be found it would make an interesting story. But I was about 20 at the time, so there won't be many around who remember it. Cheers Ron G8URU name: Ron
Ron G8URU <>
USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 21:15:57

Enjoyed looking at your site, have recently downgraded from large tube stuff to germainium portables. Thanks. Dave Oxborrow
Dave Oxborrow <>
Durban, KZN S.Africa - Monday, January 9, 2006 at 22:00:23

I have 3 receivers I wish to have repaired. They belonged to my father and hold a sentimental value. They are as follows. Hammarlund HQ-145 with analog clock, Hallicrafters S-53A and the Hallicrafters SW-500. The clock works on the Hammarlund and the Hallicrafters both work but have some problems. They are physically in beautiful shape for their age. Could you point me in the direction of someone that could fix them for me? I also have vacuum tubes still in the original boxes, literally more than 2000 of various #&rsquos and brands. Some of these date as old as 1926. I would appreciate your help. Please respond to this e-mail address if you can help me. Thank You, AL Walter III
AL Walter III <>
Saint Louis, MO USA - Friday, December 2, 2005 at 09:07:17

Great Site
Robert <>
Port Jervis, NY USA - Sunday, November 27, 2005 at 03:32:01

I have a murphy welwyn garden city herts england a.c.mains receiver type a.362 do you know of this radio
aidy <>
n ireland, USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 05:53:12

As anew convert to Valve Radio Restoration i find your site a wealth of valuable info. too much to take in at one visit I am restoring a Bush DAC 10 at the moment and also have a Heathkit GR.78 and and a K/wood/Trio 9r-59ds to tidy up in the future.Tnx for a very informative site."I SHALL RETURN".Roy
Roy <>
Plymouth u.k., Devon England - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 02:58:51

What a fabulous site. Brings back memories for me, one of my past jobs was repairing, testing and commissioning B40 receivers, yes for the Royal Australian Navy. When the B40s were no longer required for communications the sets were decommissioned and used as entertainment radio on board ships and apprentice training. The radio apprentices refurbished the receivers and were aloud to take it home and keep it we had hundreds of them. I knew that the receivers were manufactured by Murphy but I did not know the history behind it. Thanks I shell look into your site often. Regards, Joe
Adelaide, SA Australia - Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 23:41:43

Full of useful info, been looking for user manual forB40, out for now.
kent, u.k - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 09:48:28

Hello Adrian. Thanks for putting the schematic of the Advance 77 on the internet. My 77 stood many years defect on a shelf in my shack. With your schematic I have repaired it today, en it works nice. It's an older model but it looks electrically the same. Many thanks from Drewes Haakmeester 73 PE2DZO
Drewes Haakmeester <>
Amsterdam, NH Netherlands - Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 22:44:18

Hi Adrian, Just having a quick look at your site today - still very up to day I see! Take care and love to all Avril
Avril Nanton
Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at 22:53:52

Muy interesante!
Tom Perez <>
Mexico - Saturday, July 9, 2005 at 06:59:43

Excellent site! It is so great to see such loving enthusiasm for such obscure technological corners!
Ed <>
USA - Friday, June 24, 2005 at 06:22:15

Great site! Good job. Thank you very much for time I spent visiting your site
Karl Koch <>
Brownsville, TX USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 05:11:09

I thought your website was very professional....please also take a look at my site at: - Isle of Wight Internet Radio
Isle of Wight Internet Radio <>
Isle of Wight, uk - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 13:18:13

Your site is special! Thank you for your work
Samuel Morris <>
Raleigh, NC USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 19:20:09

Technology may have marched forward but what have we left behind? Well done for recognising and appreciating the souls of these things.
Hank <>
- Friday, June 10, 2005 at 11:02:41

Nice to see such feeling for those curios left behind in the march of technology!
John <>
- Friday, June 10, 2005 at 11:01:07

Beauty. Only portable tubes I see in antique shops here are Philco. High prices and poor condition. Happy Ears! Al
Al <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:53:04

Some very good work on Eveready and Vidor portables - it's great to see a good site dealing with these often neglected sets. (London July 2001)
Martin Francis
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:52:40

Excellent! I was a Vidor Regatta man in the 50's but the dial was green not black as yours shows.
Roger <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:52:10

Nice to see such a wide range of portables. I only have two (Sky Baby, + the other so far u/id). Sky Baby is awaiting a mains powr suply, currently under construction.
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:51:48

Nice site. Glad to see the 11 sets you bought from me down here in Wales have found a good home.
Richard <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:51:23

Good site thanks - I have a couple of portables in my collection. Just aquired an EKCO TRF portable circa 1935 acording to the dial. Can you help with any info.
John Shepherd <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:51:03

Great to see a site dedicated to valve portables. Enjoyed your design articles and background information on each set. Look forward to seeing the site grow.
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:50:34

A great cleaner for old wax, scratches and dirt is automotive hand cleaner (with lanolin and aloe) rubbed on with 0000 steel wool. Fantastic results.
Robert <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:50:21

A fascinating site. I have a Sky Queen, a Vidor, a Pye and an HMV. Reading your notes on the Sky Queen, I see it was launched in June 1953, no doubt to coincide with the Coronation on June 2nd that year. Regards, Rod Spurrier.
Rod <>
Chesterfield, UK - Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:49:56

Nice Site Adrian, I have what I believe is an ER Sky Prince,(internally dated Jan 55)but with no type name on the set, in a red and cream case with grey front panel and a soft cloth carrying holdall with shoulder strap. Best wishes, Brian
Brian <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:48:11

A really great site for the portable enthusiast and in particular me being an up and coming Vidor man. Not too good on radio theory but your help pages will be great. I am going to email you on a problem with the CN396(a) - I think. Really great!
Brian <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:47:47

I have just got a Berec type radio reciever. The knobs on your picture match mine, the colour scheme of mine is bluet;
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:44:31

Nice to see some test equipment appearing. I do like the Teks, but only 30 valves ? Hmpf, must have some trannies in it as well then :-/ May be worth adding a link to the test stuff in the left hand page panel ?
Jon <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:44:02

Hello Adrian Nice site, and... I agree, portables are vastly underated. Whilst I only have a dozen or so, I have just put some extra info on my web site (see domestic adverts section). Keep up the good work!
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:43:15

Hi, is there any chance you could email me a photo of the knob/handle that's on the little lift up lid on top of you Vidor CN351 Riviera radio? Mine has this little knob missing. Would love to make one to complete mine. Great Site!!
Keith <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:42:35

I'm really jealous! Great site - I'm a portable fan too but don't have very many. I hope to remedy that soon!
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:42:11

Enjoyed the visit! I picked up a very nice Ever Ready Model C and now I know what it is! Thanks!
Stephen <>
UK - Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:41:47

Just surfing ham radio sites while my dipole is down. hi hi 73! -Zachary, KD6DXA
Zachary <>
USA - Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:41:11

Hi! I'm American and I love to collect radios. Due to my young age I have very few but I do have some good collecters items, including a Zenith RD700Y. You have a great site going - good luck. And hopefully I will get my site where I can have a bunch of radios
Wicked Howell <>
USA - Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:39:59

I Just like to say, what a lovely collection of ex-mill, test equipment. How do I get in touch with you? thanks from Geoff
Geoffrey <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:38:44

Could you tell me the approximate value of an Ever Ready 'Sky Baronet' portable radio? We have found one in my father-in-law's loft and it is still in its original box but with no battery. My father-in-law bought it in his teens, some 45 years ago. Looking forward to your response. Thanks. Nigel.
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:35:53

Thanks for info on the Sky Baronet, and the possible answers to my enquiry. Found your site most interesting and containing valuable information in the subject. Regards Mike.
Mike <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:33:26

Very nice site, interesting and containing some useful information. Regarding your unknown Berec model which someone else has already commented upon, this model was known as the 'Pioneer' and dates from the late 1950s. They were sold in kit form.
Darren <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:32:44

Hi Adrian, I found your site while looking for AVO-meter information. You have a great site whith excellent link-information. Good Luck hunting portables! Bengt.
Bengt Svensson
Stockholm, Sweden - Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:31:57

HI, I just fixed two battery radios, one is a tiny portable, Model Baron, made in Japan. It uses 1R5 1T4,and a 3S4 etc. The next is a nifty table radio, made by Marconi of Canada, a model 227 using a 1Q5,1H5,1A7,and a 1N5.
Gary <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:30:49

I liked the site. Have you got an AVO for sale? Best wishes R
Rupert <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:29:57

Nice website!
Joe K0AHD <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:29:05

I too collect Ever Ready radios and have a number of them - some not in your collection shown (but were, in principle, portables) such as the Model T and the the Sky Leader.
James <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:28:35

Good site! I have sixty radios - lots the same as you and some unusual ones but unfortunatly not appreciated by 'er indoors'
Richard <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:26:41

Excellent site with much useful information
Dennis <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:25:39

I own a Marconi CR100 it was great to find out information about a great set. Keep up the site full of information for listeners like me
Peter <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:25:00

Thanks so much for providing this wonderful and informative site. All the best.
Michael <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:24:07

Very interesting website. Tubes and all explanation was really interesting. I only have an old Galaxy 5 from sixties, but not used it for many years...
Seppo <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:22:55

excellent site
Ian <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:22:15

Interesting site, especially the boatanchors.
Andy <>
- Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 10:21:40