Our 30th Year
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The Northland Antique Radio Club
Mark Your Calendar!August 28, 2016 - Picnic!
September 25, 2016 - Annual Meeting and Mini-Swap Meet
November 5, 2016 - Annual Indoor Fall Swap Meet
February 19, 2017 - NARC Workshop
May 19-20, 2017 - Radio Daze 2017
See Calendar of Events for details of NARC's upcoming and past events.
Antique Radio Forum's Upcoming Radio Meet List
Matt Hyman has volunteered to organize a club picnic! We haven't had a summer picnic since 1993 so this should be fun! Pavillion #1 has been rented from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, so this is a rain or shine event. It will be a potluck, so bring some sort of food to share. The club will provide pop, water, paper plates, cups, and plastic silverware.
This will be a great time to socialize with other members and have some fun.
Bring the ugliest radio you have to show. The ugliest radio, by popular vote, will win a prize!
NOTE: Park rules prohibit selling stuff, so if you absolutely need to sell a radio please keep it inside the trunk of your car. No sales tables are permitted.
ANOTHER NOTE: You might find information online saying there is a $5/car charge, but we've been assured that this does NOT apply to this particular park.
See you there!
The 2016 Northland Antique Radio Club annual meeting is scheduled for 12:00 noon on September 25th at the Pavek Museum, located at 3517 Raleigh Ave., St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
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 stuff to sell! The museum doors will open around 11:00 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.
Promptly at 12:00 noon the meeting will begin 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, 2016 to September 30, 2017. 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.
Please bring along a radio that you found this past summer 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. Prizes will be awarded this year to the best 'Find'. This is always an enjoyable event with good participation.
Remember this event is FREE for all current and renewing members!
This year's Radio Daze event, the 30th Radio Daze hosted by our club, was one of the best ever. The weather was beautiful, attendance was up, a great selection of radios was sold at the auction, the number of swap meet vendors was up, Steve Raymer reports that sales were great at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting garage sale, the contest had many great items, and Bill Hudson proved to be a fantastic guest speaker at the program
The large conference room at the Comfort Inn in Plymouth Minnesota was a busy place by 3pm Friday as 34 collectors consigned 174 lots of vintage radios and other related items to the auction. Thanks to Lynn Wagar, Kim Wagar, Mary Farmer, and Don Hauff everyone got their bidding numbers and pre-registration packet, and all the consignments were properly logged in by the 7:00 pm start time. The room was filled with people, including 98 registered bidders, and the tables along the walls were filled with radios, box lots of radio parts, and lots of other interesting things.
Frank Rasada, wielding the gavel for the sixth consecutive year, made the auction entertaining and his knowledge of vintage radios makes him perfect for the job. Jim Thompson, Kip Wallace, Bill Fanum, Matt Hyman, Bill Linder, Jeff Hed, and Glen Berg were the auction assistants, bringing items up front, describing them to the crowd and spotting bids.
Sales in the parking lot the next morning were great! 51 seller spaces were sold and there was a wide variety of things to buy. Inside, Lynn and Kim Wagar, Pam Orth, and Kip Wallace manned the Hospitality Room and offered a great selection of free donuts, coffee and soft drinks, while Mary Farmer was handling registrations in the next room. The Hospitality crew also offered a crowd pleaser lunch of hot dogs, chips, cookies and canned and bottled drinks, a bargain for $3. Great job!Wow! This year's contest had 24 participants! Not only is that impressive, but they entered an impressive selection of the best radios from their collections for the rest of us to see. THANK YOU for making this a great contest! I get comments every year from people saying that the contest is their favorite part of Radio Daze, and it's because it's where they can see things they've never seen before.
The Best of Show award went to Sam Luscomb's O'Neil model LS-19 lighted ship speaker and the People's Choice award went to Al Landin's Tribute to Vacuum Tubes homebrew radio transmitter. Sam's O'Neil speaker is an extremely rare and attractive 1920s radio cone speaker, as shown on the front cover of this newsletter. Al's Tribute to Vacuum Tubes shows outstanding creativity and workmanship, and not only looks like an old Zenith radio with a big blue tube in it, but it actually contains a Zenith phono oscillator and was transmitting Big Band music to other radios in the near vicinity tuned to 665kc! Congratulations to Sam and Al for winning the top prizes in this very competitive contest!
CBS/WCCO television broadcast journalist Bill Hudson was this year's guest speaker and his presentation offered insight into the evolution of reporting in the last 40 years and his experiences in the business. It was a very entertaining program! Thanks also to Bill Fanum for providing a great audio system for this presentation.
Thanks to the Kip Wallace family, Mary Farmer, Pam Orth, and Michaela Whitney for another great door prize drawing. Also, 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. See you next May 19-20 at Radio Daze 2017!
The Northland Antique Radio Club invites you to attend Radio Daze 2016, 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 30th 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.
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 2016 activities will be held Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, 2016, at the Comfort Inn of Plymouth, located at the northwest corner of I-494 and Hwy. 55 in Plymouth, Minnesota. This will be our 19th 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 20! 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 2016 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 CBS/WCCO television broadcast journalist Bill Hudson. A native of Elk River, Minnesota and graduate of St. Cloud State University, Bill says Channel 4 is the station he grew up with and aspired to work for. Bill came to WCCO-TV in 1989 as a general assignment reporter and has covered the Sioux City airline disaster, Hurricane Andrew, California Wildfires, the Waco siege, Minnesota National Guard's mission to Bosnia and their anti-drug and nation building work in Central America, troops returning from Saudi Arabia following Desert Storm, and Minnesota's contributions to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. During the program, Bill will offer insight into the evolution of reporting over the last 40 years and his experiences in the business. 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 13th. After you arrive, please pick up your name badge and other materials in the Registration Room.
Every once in a while Mother Nature gives us a nice day for the February outdoor swap meet, and with temperatures up to around 35 degrees, she sure did a good job this year. The outdoor swap meet offered a nice selection of old radios and other items for sale, many at bargain prices.
At a little before 11 a.m., the door to the museum opened, allowing everyone to bring their old phonographs, radios, and other items for the program inside. The museum storage room was a busy place with quite a few of their excess items marked for sale. Kip Wallace brought and set up snacks and refreshments for everyone in the Minnesota Room, and we all owe him a big THANK YOU for volunteering to do this in the absence of anyone else stepping up to help with hospitality. We had about an hour to socialize and had a good crowd there snacking before the meeting started at noon.
Steve Raymer did another amazing job of putting together a variety of presentations that ensured there was something of interest for everyone. First up was Jim Thompson, Radio Daze coordinator, who gave a brief progress report on the plans for Radio Daze 2016. Then, Steve briefly explained a new Speaker Impedance Tester and an Output Transformer Tester, both designed by NARC member Allen Lein. These can be seen at the Pavek Museum's webpage: The Wonderful Test Equipment of Allen Lein.
Glen Berg demonstrated how to make large paper cones for 1920s radio speakers, including various methods for decorating a cone similar to the fancy printed decoration sometimes seen on the original cones. One method was to put use a piece of lace as a mask on the cone and then lightly spray paint on the cone, so a decorative pattern was left after the lace was removed. Glen also showed how to use a Growler to magnetize a speaker magnet.
Ken Ladd talked about various unique radio projects he has built, and then Gary Ball gave an in-depth presentation about his only vintage radio interest, Zenith transistor radios. This was a very interesting presentation since he covered many Zenith models in great detail. Gary also has a very informative website for anyone interested in transistor radios: Gary's Radios.
A highlight of the workshop was a display of member's phonographs. Most of us also collect other things besides just radios, and many of us have phonographs since they are closely related and many times are combined with radios in the same cabinet. About 20 phonographs were displayed and Steve had each owner say something about their phonograph. Some of the phonographs were a 1938-42 blue Thorens Excelda that looked like a collapsible camera, a white streamlined Arvin model 302, a 1927 Silvertone Cecilian portable, a 1984 Panasonic SG-J500 boombox with built-in turntable, a 1983 portable Sony PS-F5 Flamingo with linear tracking, a Capitol Phono-Lamp owned by the Pavek Museum, a 1948 Columbia LP phonograph, a late 1920s Herschel Gold Seal 78-rpm phonograph with a Herschel Gold Seal record made by Gennett, a Columbia Q cylinder phonograph, a Gakken modern old-time plastic kit disk phonograph that plays 33, 45, and 78 rpm records, a 1926 Mikiphone that collapses into a small camera-looking form, a 1920s Peter Pan that looked like an old-time box camera, a Columbia Grafonola, and Edison Amberola 30 cylinder phonograph, and several RCA bakelite 45-rpm players.
Photos of more phonographs, along with more details of all the presentations, can be seen at the Pavek Museum webpage: The 2016 Radio Workshop.
Thank you to everyone who gave a presentation and to Steve for all the work he does organizing the workshop every year.
WORKSHOP AND OUTDOOR MINI-SWAP MEET
Sunday February 21, 2016
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