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September 7, 2014 - NARC Annual Meeting
See Calendar of Events for details of NARC's upcoming and past events.
The Northland Antique Radio Club invites you to attend Radio Daze 2014, the Upper Midwest's ultimate vintage radio collecting event, and we are proud that both the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting and the Antique Wireless Association (AWA) continue as supporting sponsors for the 28th consecutive year. Every year is a new opportunity to attend a fun auction, find swap meet deals, enter and view interesting contest items, learn from entertaining guest speakers, and rekindle long-time friendships.
Please mark May 16 and 17, 2014, on your calendar today!
Brochures will be mailed in early April to all known radio collectors in the five state area, plus to other vintage radio collectors from across the country who regularly attend this event. The schedule used the past few years has worked well and will be continued, beginning with The Pavek Museum's 'Garage Sale'.
A visit to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting is always a highlight of 'Radio Daze' and they schedule their annual garage sale of surplus radio relics for this weekend. The Pavek museum is located at 3517 Raleigh Avenue in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and will be open at 10:00 am sharp on both Friday and Saturday. Make sure you are displaying your Radio Daze name tag for free admission.
All other Radio Daze 2014 activities will be held Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, 2014, at the Comfort Inn of Plymouth, located at the northwest corner of I-494 and Hwy. 55 in Plymouth, Minnesota. This will be our 17th year at this great location! Room rates are still only $73.00 (plus tax) per night for either Double or King rooms, Thursday through Saturday nights. The Comfort Inn's reservation phone number is (763) 559-1222.
The meet kicks off with a large antique radio auction in the hotel main ballroom at 7:00 p.m. Friday May 16! We make this an entertaining auction and there will be a good variety of radios available. If you want to sell your radio(s) at the auction, check them in between 3:00 and 6:00 pm Friday. Auction preview is 6:00 to 7:00 pm, and the auction starts at 7:00 pm. Auction details are in the brochure.
Saturday begins with the hotel parking lot swap meet in the morning. (Please note that the permit from the City of Plymouth does not allow any parking lot sales prior to Saturday morning.) The hospitality room will be open at 7:00 am with hot coffee and rolls. A light lunch will be available 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The registration room opens at 8:00 am. Item check in for the old radio contest will run from 11:00 am to noon, with viewing from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
The radio contest includes equipment displayed from the earliest days of radio to the 1960's. The contest has some new categories as described in the Radio Daze 2014 brochure. A trip to the contest room always yields a surprise or two!
For Saturday lunch, NARC will offer a light lunch in the hospitality room, or a great meal can be had at Lucky's 13 Pub within the hotel. Several other restaurants are nearby, including Perkins, Jake's Sports Bar, and some fast food establishments.
The Saturday program begins at 2:00 pm and includes opening comments, contest awards, door prizes, and a featured speaker. This year's speaker will be Andrew Baron, an expert on many things, including restoration techniques and playing the Theremin. You won't want to miss this presentation!
Registration is required for admittance to all indoor events, the Hospitality Room, the Pavek Museum, and to sell items in the parking lot. Registration is encouraged, but not required, for anyone just attending the auction or buying at the swap meet. You can pre-register (and save $3.00) by returning a registration form before May 9th. After you arrive, please pick up your name badge and other materials in the Registration Room.
WORKSHOP AND OUTDOOR MINI-SWAP MEET
Sunday February 16, 2014
Saturday November 2, 2013
(Open to the public 8:30 am to 1:00 pm)
St. Croix Lutheran High School
1200 Oakdale Avenue, West St. Paul, Minnesota
Hooray! It's time for the Northland Antique Radio Club's annual fall radio swap meet! This will be our 28th annual fall swap meet, the 21st year at this same location, and it's still just as exciting as ever.
Doors open at 8:00 AM for sellers to register, unload, bring in their wares, and set up. Tables are $10 and are provided by the school. Due to the limited number of tables available you must be a paid NARC member to set up and sell. Only those setting up to sell will be admitted at 8:00 AM.
Note: Sellers will have to carry their items a short distance to the swap meet area, so bring a hand truck or small cart if you have anything heavy. The school requests that you please use extra care not to mark the floors with your hand cart and please bring a protective covering for the table.
At 8:30 AM, shoppers will be allowed into the selling area. You can expect to find typically about 35 -40 tables full (plus overflow onto the floor) of radios, literature, tubes, parts and other related items. Admission is FREE for NARC members and only a buck for non-members. Mary Farmer will be in charge of table rentals, admissions and membership renewals. There will be free coffee and snacks set up in the morning, and a light lunch of hotdogs, cookies, chips, and pop will be offered later in the morning for three bucks.
Silent auction rules are the same as last year. Silent auction items will be accepted for display from 9:00 am until noon, with the auction closing promptly at noon. The club provides auction forms and assesses no fees. All sales are final. All settlements for items purchased through the auction are to take place directly between the buyer and seller. All items up for bid are being sold "as is". Sellers can establish a minimum bid and types of payment accepted (cash, check, trades) for successful bids. High bidders and owners MUST stay until the auction closes to complete their transactions. NARC is simply providing the means for the auction and assumes no responsibility for seller or buyer actions.
We have the room until 1:00 pm and expect the meet will probably start winding down around noon, giving sellers an hour to pack up.
This is a great chance to liquidate radios you no longer want, and to mingle with fellow club members.
& SWAP MEET
September 15, 2013
The Northland Antique Radio Club's 2013 annual meeting and election of officers will be held at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park at noon on Sunday September 15, 2013. All NARC members are invited to attend.
The current officers have all agreed to run again. The term of office will be October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. Running for office are: Steve Raymer as NARC president, Glen Berg and Al Jesperson as Vice Presidents, Greg Farmer as Secretary and Mary Farmer as Treasurer. If anyone else wants to run for an office or volunteer to help, please let us know.
As in past years, an old radio swap meet will be held outside in the museum parking lot prior to the meeting. The actual meeting starts at 12:00 noon inside the museum with Steve Raymer providing the president's view on how things went over the last year. Greg Farmer will give a brief financial report and announce election results, and Jim Thompson will recap the May Radio Daze event.
Our regular 'Finds of the Summer' display will be a highlight of the meeting. Please bring your latest radio aquisition and share it with us! It's always interesting and fun to see what other radio club members lucked upon at garage sales, flea markets, estate sales or swap meets.
Remember this event is FREE for all current and renewing members. Also, don't forget to come a little early to check out the outdoor swap meet in the museum's parking lot! It usually is going strong by 10am and winds down by 11 or 11:30. It's free to sell and there are always some good deals available.
Friday, May 17, 2013, was a beautiful day to kick off Radio Daze 2013. Steve Raymer reports that sales were good over at the Pavek Museum's annual Garage Sale, beginning in the morning and running throughout the Radio Daze event.
Auction consignment at the Comfort Inn of Plymouth started in mid-afternoon and by 6:00 p.m. the tables were full with a great assortment of vintage radios, speakers, boxes of tubes, paper and much more. The auction began at 7:00 p.m. with 174 lots offered to the 95 bidders by 33 consigners and purchased by 47 buyers. A few of the nicer items sold were Mir-Ray, Sparton 557 and Sparton Bluebird mirrored radios; an assortment of British crystal sets including a British-Thompson Houston, a Gecophone Junior, a Brownie, and a Gledallphone; a Philco 16B; a Crosley Buddy Boy; a Federal model 59 battery radio; an RCA 9-TX catalin radio; a Zenith 7J259; a Fisher X202B Integrated Amp; a Stromberg Carlson 635A; and a large RCA Radiola poster.
Event registration and radio contest participation were both down a little compared to last year, likely due to the rain on Saturday morning, but the Hospitality Room was really busy! Thanks to Lynn and Kim Wagar, Kip Wallace, Kip's mother Joy and her friend Dodie for offering both a great selection of morning treats and a light lunch. The contest had 40 items entered by 12 collectors and offered the chance to see some rare items we may never see again. Judges Greg Farmer, Matt Hyman, Jim Thompson, Dennis Peterson, and Alan Jesperson awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons to the 3 best items in each of the 11 categories. Then during the program, the Best of Show Award was presented to Kip Wallace for his circa 1931 Bulova model M701 clock radio, and the People's Choice Award was presented to Dale Kinstler for a replica that he had expertly built of a rare 1913 American Marconi 103 crystal receiver. Complete contest results will be in the next newsletter.
A special thanks to all the Radio Daze officials, and especially to Jim Thompson and Kip Wallace who coordinated the entire event, for another successful Radio Daze Meet!
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