Monthly Archives: January 2012

Huge and Powerful: The 1937 GE F-135 Repair Complete

I’ve finally had the time to finish one of my long-running projects repairing GE’s most powerful radio offering from 1937, the GE F-135. I picked it up from Craigslist back in November but other responsibilities kept me from getting much … Continue reading

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More Strange Coiled Wires [Mailbag]

I had an interesting call the other day with a gentleman about a radio he’s working on, among other topics: That’s a Philco 46-420. They’re nice little bakelite radios with 6 tubes designed to receive the AM broadcast band. He’d come … Continue reading

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Snow in Seattle! Part 2

Following up on yesterday’s post, this photo of a sign posted downtown pretty well describes how Seattleites react at the first sign of flakes falling from the sky. This photo courtesy of my friend Jamie Swedler.

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Snow in Seattle!

I’m taking a short break from writing about technical projects to share some of the recent interesting weather we’ve had lately. It snows about once a year in Seattle, and every year we’re taken out of commission for a day … Continue reading

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What’s that piece of wire, some kind of gimmick? [Mailbag]

I was talking with a fellow antique radio hobbyist on the phone the other day about a repair he was working on. A TrueTone battery radio, he’d taken care of all the important steps – checking out the tubes, replacing … Continue reading

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I love my chassis stand.

It’s the winter here in Seattle and it gets cold outside occasionally. Cold enough that I can’t vent my soldering fumes out an open window like I normally do most of the year, but I don’t want them in my … Continue reading

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Unboxing my Sharp PC-4501 classic Personal Computer

It’s 1987 and I’ve been needing a new laptop. After a careful process of comparison shopping I settled on my Sharp PC-4501 from Montgomery Ward. Let’s open it up and take a look! For only $699.99, it’s a state of … Continue reading

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