Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fixing a 1934 Simplex Model P Dual Band Vintage Radio [Antique Radio Repair Log]

I picked up this 1934 Simplex Model P Dual Band radio for my personal collection about 7 months ago, but haven’t worked on it much until this weekend. It sat on my articulated chassis stand in the corner waiting for … Continue reading

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Repairing the Farnsworth K-262P Vintage Radio [Antique Radio Repair Log]

A local client engaged me to repair his antique radio, a Farnsworth K-262P from between 1948 and 1951. His wife bought the radio to listen to records, and it came to me with reports that it had been working for … Continue reading

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Fixing a Dumpster Laptop – Dell Inspiron 1545 with Broken LCD Screen [Step by Step Repair]

My apartment has what I like to affectionately call the “free pile”, where neighbors leave things they were throwing out but might have too much value to throw in the compactor outright. I’ve left a few things there myself, and … Continue reading

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1938 Philco 38-C-12 “Coronation” Radio Repair

I’ve had this radio on my bench for a little while, and she’s finally back up and running – and it plays great! It’s a 1938 Philco 38-C-12, special edition to commemorate the crowning of King George IV and Queen … Continue reading

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World’s Most Complicated FM Radio [RTL-SDR]

After many hours of trial and error, I’ve turned my computer into one of the most complicated FM radios imaginable – and it’s nearly free. With just a cheap ($11) TV tuner based on the Realtek RTL2383 chipset and some … Continue reading

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Modern Caps Can Fail Too [Farnsworth K-262P]

I’m working on a radio for a client, and it’s nearing completion, but I ran into a rather unexpected issue that was worth sharing on here. The radio itself is a Farnsworth K-262P, a radio/phono combination from 1951. The radio … Continue reading

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Inside a Lightning Arrestor [Cool Photos]

Lightning arrestors are an important part of both power line connections and well-designed antenna setups, used to (hopefully) keep a lightning strike from frying everything else attached to that circuit by providing a path for a high voltage strike to … Continue reading

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