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May 20-21, 2016 - Radio Daze 2016
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WORKSHOP AND OUTDOOR MINI-SWAP MEET
Whether you work on your own radios (or phonographs), or not, the Northland Antique Radio Club workshop shouldn't be missed!
There will be trunk sales outside in the parking lot (weather permitting) before the workshop, so if you have any old radio equipment to sell, bring it along! Also, as usual, the museum warehouse will be open with some new surplus items marked for sale. Snacks, soft drinks and coffee will be provided and it is a great time to socialize with the other collectors and see the museum. The workshop itself includes talks on a wide variety of subjects, so everyone should find it interesting and entertaining.
Amazingly, this will be the 29th consecutive year that Steve Raymer has organized and hosted this workshop! It is a free event for Northland Antique Radio Club members and for sponsors of the Pavek Museum, and it always draws a good crowd.
Steve is busy getting this year's presentations lined up and it's sounding interesting! Allen Lein, a builder of custom test equipment, will show us his latest project and might have some things to sell, Gary Ball's topic will be repairing transistor radios, Glen Berg will go through the process of restoring and making new speaker cones for vintage 1920's speakers and will re-magnetize magnets for these types of speakers from anyone who brings them to the meeting (bring the old magnet, not the whole driver assembly), Mike Nickolaus from Vintage Music Company will talk about phonograph restoration, and a couple other members have also shown interest in telling us about their restoration techniques. The more, the better, so please contact Steve (952-926-8198) at the museum if you would like to talk or demonstrate something at the workshop this year.
To try something different this year, there will be a Phonograph Show & Tell! We'd all like to see what sort of phonographs our fellow members have and learn more about them, so please bring a phonograph to show us. It could be anything from a modern digital turntable, a 1960's high-end audiophile turntable, a kid's novelty record player, a 45-RPM changer, a suitcase model from the 1940s, a radio-phonograph combination, a massive 78-RPM floor model, a crank model with a horn, one that plays cylinder records, or whatever you think we'd find interesting. If you've got one that needs a part, maybe someone here can help with that.
Trunk sales start whenever the first person arrives, doors to the museum open at 11:00am, and the program will start at noon.
See you there!
NARC FALL INDOOR SWAP MEET
Saturday November 7, 2015
(Open to the public 8:30 am to 1:00 pm)
1200 Oakdale Avenue, West St. Paul, Minnesota
Kicking off our 30th year, the Northland Antique Radio Club will hold its annual Fall Indoor Swap Meet on November 7, 2015. This is always a very popular event and is a great way to buy and sell some radios before winter sets in.
The rules are the same as in recent years. Those who register and pay for a seller table (tables, provided by the school, are $10 each) will be admitted at 8:00 AM, allowing them time to haul in merchandise and get set up. Due to the limited number of tables available, only paid NARC members will be allowed to set up and sell. A one year membership is only $12 and you can join or renew your membership at the registration table on the morning of the meet.
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.
Mary Farmer will be in charge of table rentals, admissions and membership renewals.
By 8:30 AM when the buying public is allowed in, there is usually a good crowd waiting and things get busy fast. Admission is FREE for NARC members and only a buck for non-members. You can expect to find typically about 35 - 40 tables full (plus overflow onto the floor) of vintage radios, speakers, test equipment, literature, tubes, parts and other related items.
Free coffee and snacks will be available 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 items will be accepted until noon when the auction ends. Sellers can set a minimum bid, there are no fees, all items are being sold 'as-is', and all settlements are to take place directly between the buyer and seller. High bidders and owners MUST stay until noon 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. See you there!
NARC Annual Meeting and Swap!
Sunday September 27, 2015 at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
It's time to wrap up another great year with the Northland Antique Radio Club by attending the annual meeting on September 27th at the Pavek Museum at 3517 Raleigh Ave., St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
Looking back at the 2014 Annual Meeting Swap Meet
An old radio swap meet will be held in the parking lot from around 10-11:00 am, preceding the annual meeting, as usual. This is typically a small swap, with 10 to 15 vendors. It is FREE for sellers to set up a table by their car, and there is no registration required, so please bring some old radio items to sell! The museum doors will open around 11 am, giving everyone some time to check out what's for sale in the museum's back room or to wander around the museum and to visit with the other collectors before the meeting starts.
The meeting will begin promptly at 12:00 noon inside the museum with Steve Raymer providing the president's view on how things went over the last year. Jim Thompson will recap of how the May event went and Greg Farmer will give a brief financial report and announce election results. The current officers have all agreed to run again and are on the ballot enclosed with this newsletter. If other club members are interested in being an officer, they can write in their name. The term of office will be October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. Running for office are: Steve Raymer as NARC president, Glen Berg and Alan Jesperson as Vice Presidents, Greg Farmer as Secretary and Mary Farmer as Treasurer. Please take time to fill out and send in the officer ballot with your annual dues.
'Finds of the Summer' has become a tradition at the Annual Meeting. If you have found something of interest to radio collectors, bring it in and let us see it! It's always fun to see what NARC members have found at flea markets, auctions, estate sales, garage sales, or wherever. This is always an enjoyable event with good participation.
Remember this event is FREE for all current and renewing members!
The Northland Antique Radio Club invites you to attend Radio Daze 2015, 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 29th 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 15 and 16, 2015, 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 2015 activities will be held Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, 2015, at the Comfort Inn of Plymouth, located at the northwest corner of I-494 and Hwy. 55 in Plymouth, Minnesota. This will be our 18th year at this great location! Room rates are still only $79.00 (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 15! 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 2015 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 Steve Murphy, a recently retired news reporter, editor and anchor at WCCO for 33 years, who will talk about WCCO Radio - Past and Present. You won't want to miss this presentation!
Click here ( 2001 / 2002 / 2004 / 2005 / 2007 / 2012) to see photos from previous years!
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 8th. After you arrive, please pick up your name badge and other materials in the Registration Room.
RADIO DAZE 2015 IN REVIEW
By 3:00 pm Friday, May 15, 2015, the large conference room at the Comfort Inn in Plymouth Minnesota was already abuzz with activity. People were there consigning their radios for the Radio Daze auction later in the evening. By 7:00 pm, the room was filled with bidders and the tables along the walls were filled with radios, box lots of radio parts, and lots of other things related to old radios. There were 87 registered bidders (up some from last year) and 153 items to sell.
Ed Ripley started the auction and went through the lots in rapid fire succession. Every minute, you heard SOLD! A Zenith Waltons radio sold early on. The same bidder also purchased a Philco 38-690 console. Frank Rasada auctioned the last half of the sale until it ended at about 10:30 pm.
The next morning, everyone was set up in the parking lot. The weather cooperated this year with no threat of rain. There were many nice items for sale and business was brisk. The security person was making sure everyone had their registration in order to sell. Inside, the Hospitality crew had a nice assortment of donuts, coffee and soft drinks in the Hospitality room. NARC members probably had a better breakfast than the hotel guests. Mary was busy getting folks registered and Pam assisted getting the door prizes in order. Registration and seller spaces were both up slightly over last year.
The contest room opened at 11:00 am so collectors could enter their items. There were 44 items entered this year from 19 different collectors, including some interesting advertising pieces and some very creative entries in the homebrew section. A Pal Butterfly speaker got the Best of Show award and the Peoples' Choice award as well.
The Hospitality crew also offered a crowd pleaser lunch of hot dogs, chips, cookies and canned and bottled drinks, a bargain for $3. I look forward to this lunch every year. Great job!
Steve Murphy of WCCO radio was this year's guest speaker and his presentation was riveting. It started with hearing live phone calls made during the 1965 tornado outbreak in Fridley, which was a FIRST in radio broadcast history. No one had EVER done a live broadcast with the public before. It was like being in the tornado fifty years later. Rob Brown, the man at WCCO who took the calls during the tornadoes, also spoke at length about the broadcast that night.
Steve then spotlighted WCCO broadcast legends Dick Chapman, Steve Cannon, Roger Erickson, Charlie Boone, Franklin Hobbs, Bill Diehl, Joyce Lamont, Herb Carneal, Ray Christensen, Cedric Adams, Phil Hendrie, and more, and played clips of all of these great people. It was a very entertaining program!
To wrap it up, the program ended with our usual over-abundance of door prizes, thanks to the Kip Wallace family.
A special thanks to everyone who helped with making Radio Daze possible, and especially to Jim Thompson and Kip Wallace who coordinated the entire event. The auction was fantastic, the weather cooperated, the swap meet was great, the contest had some great items and the guest speaker was phenomenal. Radio Daze 2015 was one of the best. See you in 2016!
WORKSHOP AND MINI-SWAP MEET REPORT
Although the temperature outside was even lower this year than last year, and only a few hardy members braved the numbing cold in an attempt to sell their wares, this will go down as one of the best NARC workshops ever.
We had about an hour after the museum doors opened to see what was for sale in the storage room and to socialize. Luckily for all of us, Kip Wallace had volunteered to bring snacks, soft drinks, etc., and had a good crowd there munching before the meeting.
Steve Raymer brought together a great assortment of presentations that were filled with ideas of how to do all sorts of things. First up was Jim Reynolds, owner of Custom Recording Studios in Minneapolis, and a long-time NARC member. Jim talked a little bit about pop filters, used to eliminate popping sounds being picked up by a microphone. He explained that if you don't have a pop filter, taping an ordinary wood pencil in front of a microphone will work just as well, although it certainly doesn't look as professional as a real pop filter.
Glen Berg quickly showed us how to convert a cardboard toothpaste box into a nice looking tube carton and also showed how he had built a 1920's seashell style speaker. But Glen had also prepared a really good presentation on Phonograph Cartridge Repair. He had taken photos of lots of different cartridge styles, put together a couple dozen slides and used a projector to step us through the process of restoring a cartridge. Basically, piezoelectricity is created in certain materials when they are stressed, most notably in Rochelle salt crystals. Phonograph cartridges connect the mechanically vibrating stylus via a torque multiplier that provides some mechanical amplification, to a Rochelle salt crystal that converts the mechanical stress fluctuations into a small electrical signal. However, salt is very easily damaged by moisture, so crystal cartridges eventually fail when the aging protective tar coating covering the Rochelle salt crystal fails. Glen's technique is to use a good donor stereo cartridge from which two good crystals can be extracted. You need steady hands to do this since the parts are small and fragile. Glen showed how to open up a donor cartridge and carefully remove the crystals without damaging them or the fragile leads connected to them. He showed how to make tiny new rubber grommets from surgical glove rubber and new torque multipliers from a plastic Cool Whip lid. The guts of the old cartridge are removed, some parts are reused and the new crystal, grommets, and torque multiplier are carefully installed. Glen has successfully restored quite a few failed cartridges to good operating condition by using this method.
Next up was Matt Hyman with a short discussion about how he uses a garment steamer to straighten 1920's cone speaker wrinkled paper cones in just a few seconds. Another idea is to iron the cone with a steam iron. [Ed. Note: Someone asked where reproduction paper cones could be obtained. The best source is Buford Chidester. Buford and Jane Chidester wrote the book 'Classic Cones' and hand make accurate reproduction cones for most 1920's cone speakers.]
Dave Parenteau gave a presentation on the Hickok model 225 VTVM and is looking for a manual for the model 225K kit version of this VTVM. He specifically wants to know the calibration procedure for adjusting capacitor C3.
Bruce Hering, a long-time member from Waseca, Minnesota was next. Bruce has been researching the history, and collecting items, from Waseca's E. F. Johnson Company for many years and he presented an in-depth 60-slide history of the company and the radio products it produced. The Pavek Museum's newsletter for March 2015, Vol. 26, No. 1, documents the history that Bruce presented and they plan to post the presentation on their website soon.
Next up was Matt Hyman - again! This time he had an early 1960s seven-tube KLH Model Eight FM radio and Tivoli Model 1 AM/FM solid state radio made in 2000 and also designed by Henry Kloss and strongly resembling the vintage KLH Model Eight. These weren't rebuilt but both were in good operating condition so we listened to each and compared their sound. The consensus was that the Tivoli sounded muddy compared to the Model Eight and the Model Eight had better highs, so the Model Eight was the better sounding radio. Specifications weren't compared, but all that really matters is how they sound to our ears.
The final presentation was by Steve Raymer himself. Steve talked about Gary Steinbaugh's new book, Make Your Own Tube Testers and Electron Tube Equipment and Alan Douglas's 2000 release, Tube Testers and Classic Electronic Test Gear. They inspired Steve to bring out the Museum's rare Hickok 532 classroom demonstrator with four meters in the lid illustrating the patented Hickok circuit.
Thank you to everyone who gave a presentation, to Jeff Hed for taking photos, and to Steve for all the work he does organizing the workshop every year.
NARC FALL SWAP MEET REPORT
Saturday November 1, 2014 at St. Croix Lutheran High School
It's always fun to wrap up a summer of swap meets, flea markets, garage sales, and auctions with one final chance to buy or sell some old radios before the holiday season. That happened on November 1, 2014 at the annual NARC Fall Indoor Swap Meet where a good quantity of old radios exchanged hands in St. Croix Lutheran High School's cafeteria!
By the time the doors opened at 8:30 am, a line of buyers was waiting to get in and the sellers were set up and ready. About 30 tables were full of radios of all sorts, magazines, tubes, some phonographs and records, TVs, audio equipment, and other related items. Mary Farmer handled registration and also had a hospitality table set up with donuts, coffee, and soft drinks ready for us!
Activity was especially busy for the first hour and there was a wide variety of items for sale, as in past years. Some highly collectible early battery sets seen included a Radiola Grand, Super Zenith VII, and a Crosley Pup.
At 10:30, Mary opened the lunch counter. For $3 you could buy a nice lunch consisting of hot dogs, cookies, chips and pop. Not a bad deal. The Silent Auction had some things entered that sold at bargain prices. The drawing was at noon, and everyone cleared out shortly after that.
It looked like everyone had a good time!
NARC 2014 Annual Meeting Report
Sunday September 7, 2014 at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
It was a beautiful morning on September 7 for an old radio swap meet and lots of goodies traded hands in the Pavek Museum's parking lot. As usual, it was also a good place to visit with the other collectors and it looked like everyone was having a good time.
The door to the museum opened around 11:00 am, and just about everyone went inside to check what surplus items might be for sale in the back room, to look around the museum, or to grab some snacks. Many thanks to Kip Wallace who made a special trip to bring snacks to the museum on Saturday even though he couldn't attend the Sunday meeting. (We are STILL looking for a volunteer to be in charge of hospitality, to bring snacks and drinks to the events.)
Steve Raymer started the meeting at noon and we had a pretty good sized crowd. Greg Farmer announced election results which retained all of the 2013-2014 officers for the 2014-2015 club year. Steve Raymer will again be president, Alan Jesperson and Glen Berg are vice-presidents, Greg Farmer is secretary, and Mary Farmer is treasurer. Greg then gave a treasurer's report, showing that the bank balance is down a little from last year due to having paid St. Croix Lutheran High School early for room rental for the Fall Swap Meet, and because renewals are coming in a little slower than last year. Membership has leveled off over the past seven years in the 155 to 180 range, with 2014 paid membership being 169. Basically, the club is in good shape financially.
Jim Thompson announced that Radio Daze 2015 hotel contracts have been signed for May 15 & 16, 2015, and that room rates will go up a little after having been same for the past six years, to $79 a night. That's still a great bargain! Jim indicated Radio Daze 2014 was a complete success with a good auction, contest, and swap meet, a great program, and perfect weather.
'Finds of the Summer' was very entertaining, thanks to all the participants who brought things to show.
- Frank Moses showed us some of the things that he found during the summer, including a 1970s Allied multi-wave radio, a pair of telegraph sounders, a Heathkit FM receiver, and an Admiral radio.
- Tim and Tom Moen had a five tube McGuire radio and a Dahlberg Pillow Speaker still new in the box. They expressed their opinions that our Radio Daze auction was much better for them than the Illinois radio club's RadioFest auction in Willowbrook.
- Jim Reynolds told us about work he did at Custom Recording Studios recording the latest LP album, 'Bringing Back the Trash!' for The Trashmen. He also brought and told us about a red and white Raytheon hand-wired transistor radio, their first model.
- Tom Sargent, inspired by Andrew Baron's talk at Radio Daze about the Henri Maillardet Automaton, had purchased the book 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' and brought it to show.
- Ken Ladd showed us a book written by local broadcaster Bob De Haven, titled '55 Years Before the Mike', some Wheaties records, a 1957 WCCO calendar, and some other things that he then donated to the Pavek Museum.
- Glen Berg found a Majestic Charlie McCarthy radio at the Cambridge Antique Fair in August that is all original and from the original family.
- Matt Hyman had a Jackson Bell radio with Peter Pan in the speaker grill that he found at an estate sale, and also brought a KLH model 8 radio with matching speaker.
- Steve Raymer wrapped up 'Finds of the Summer' by showing us a fantastic 1935 Acratone model 152 art-deco skyscraper style radio that was donated to the museum by Charles Dalseide.
Check out NARC's online list of members having email addresses or websites. This list now contains about 70 members and their interests!
RADIO DAZE CONTEST PICTURES