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19and41

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My First Console Radio
« on: December 12, 2015, 11:20:30 AM »
A Magnavox 153B "Hepplewhite".  It is an AM and shortwave with an optional concealed FM tuner.

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Re: My First Console Radio
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2016, 02:02:59 PM »
I completed the electronic restoration last week.  In the upper center of the dial you can see a tuning "eye" tube.  Here it is shown when not on a station, then when on a station, when the "eye closes".

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Re: My First Console Radio
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2016, 10:07:45 AM »
Should there be a mirror back behind it?   Looks like a good spot for a bar!
What this country needs is a good $5 parts clock.

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Re: My First Console Radio
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2016, 10:40:28 AM »
That was the way it came from the factory.  they "dolled up" the basic configuration in several different ways to match different furniture styles.  Here is a period illustration of the unit.


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Re: My First Console Radio
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2016, 01:50:50 PM »
I put up a hidden aerial for it under the soffit on the west facing rear of the house.  The shortwave radio is a nice performer, as is the unit's amplifier.  it sounds excellent with my jazz and big band music.  It gives clear sound with recent music as well, just no stereo separation.

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Re: My First Console Radio
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2018, 01:17:00 PM »
Using the shortwave receiver, I was able to get Radio New Zealand International and send for a QSL confirmation of reception.  Not bad for a 70 year old radio.

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Re: My First Console Radio
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2018, 06:18:22 PM »
Using the shortwave receiver, I was able to get Radio New Zealand International and send for a QSL confirmation of reception.  Not bad for a 70 year old radio.

When I was a teenager (back in the early 1900s), Radio NZ and the NZBC national shortwave service came in clearly in northern Illinois.  Because of the locations on the planet, SW signals travel well between New Zealand and the USA.  I also remember the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp.'s Asia service and Radio Tahiti having strong signals regularly at my house.  I still have an album of QSLs from international broadcasters and various things that the radio stations sent, including communist propaganda publications from the USSR and its puppet countries and hate-filled psychotic propaganda magazines from Iran.

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Re: My First Console Radio
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2018, 01:58:48 PM »
I was able to get Radio Australia until they curtailed their service last year. 

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Re: My First Console Radio
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2018, 11:53:17 PM »
Radio NZ passed out last year and I started getting it again last week.  I turned it on this morning and they were broadcasting the royal wedding.  It was funny listening to it on the shortwave and seeing it via satellite on TV.

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Re: My First Console Radio
« Reply #9 on: Today at 02:05:12 PM »
Saturday Afternoon, I finished mowing my front yard as the clouds started moving in.  When I got everything put up and had a shower, I came in the living room as the lightning really got started.  Then there was a flash outside and a loud snap at the rear of the console.  I hadn't disconnected the antenna lead in pair, and I guess a residual charge had jumped the gap from the antenna lead to the ground on the shield.  Thank goodness I set it up so the path of least resistance was from the antenna to ground.  After checking the radio's operation and the antenna's condition.  I Listened in on Sunday evening.  I got Radio Romania for the first time and an English speaking segment from a station that had only played middle eastern music previously.  I couldn't get any identification, though.  There was a lot of activity besides the US based harangues one usually hears on the weekend.

 

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