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May 15-16, 2015 - Radio Daze 2015
September xx, 2015 - Annual Meeting
November xx, 2015 - NARC Fall Indoor Swap Meet
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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.
WORKSHOP AND OUTDOOR MINI-SWAP MEET
This will be the 28th annual vintage radio workshop hosted by Steve Raymer for Northland Antique Radio Club members and for sponsors of the Pavek Museum. It is a free event that always draws a good crowd for an afternoon of presentations on various topics related to radio restoration.
Weather permitting, there will be trunk sales outside in the parking lot 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 surplus items marked for sale. Snacks, soft drinks and coffee will be provided.
Steve's busy getting this year's presentations lined up and has mentioned the topics of speaker restoration, phono cartridge rebuilding, a KLH Model 8 demonstration, and a few more surprise topics that he is lining up. There is still time available for more, so please contact Steve (952-926-8198) at the museum if you would like to talk or demonstrate something at the workshop this year.
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 1, 2014
(Open to the public 8:30 am to 1:00 pm)
1200 Oakdale Avenue, West St. Paul, Minnesota
The Northland Antique Radio Club's ever-popular Fall Swap Meet is coming up! Members are encouraged to bring items to sell as the next big meet is not until next May.
The rules are the same as in past 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 you must be a paid NARC member to set up and sell.
One of the tables at the 2013 Fall Swap 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 radios, 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!
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 Annual Meeting Coming Up!
Sunday September 7, 2014 at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
An old radio swap meet will be held in the morning, preceding the annual meeting, as usual. This is typically a small swap, with 10 to 15 vendors set up in the Pavek Museum's parking lot, but there's room for more! 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!
Looking back at the 2007 Annual Meeting Swap Meet
Steve Raymer will probably open the museum doors around 11am, and that signals an end to the swap meet as everyone goes inside to check out what's for sale in the museum's back room or to wander around the museum and visit with the other collectors.
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. 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, 2014 to September 30, 2015. 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' will be back! If you have found something, 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. Come early to check out the outdoor swap meet - it is usually is going strong by 10am and winds down by 11 or 11:30.
See you there!
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.
WORKSHOP AND OUTDOOR MINI-SWAP MEET
The workshop is a free event for museum sponsors and Northland Antique Radio Club members, and we always get a big crowd. It is a favorite event for many, and is always very enjoyable. Weather permitting, there will be trunk sales outside in the parking lot before the workshop, so if you have any old radio equipment to sell, bring it along! The museum will open its doors at 11 a.m., an hour before the workshop begins. This hour is a great time to explore the museum, check out the surplus items for sale in the back room, visit with fellow collectors, and munch on some light snacks. But please, no snacks in the museum main room! The workshop starts at noon and will probably last about 2 hours.
Steve Raymer has been working overtime to get presentations ready. He likes to have some surprises, but hinted, "It's going to be a mish-mash of demos by a variety of people: Ken Ladd has some crystal sets that he's been working on, Allen Lein has a new curve tracer, and Del [Schlumberger] sent me some info about adapting 1629s to replace 6E5s and 6U5s".
Admission is free to all current Pavek Museum of Broadcasting and NARC members (and immediate family members). Membership forms will be available for anyone wishing to join the club.
See you there!
WORKSHOP AND MINI-SWAP MEET REPORT
Sunday February 16, 2014
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
It was another very cold day, but a small group of dedicated radio collectors still set up tables and sold a few radios prior to the workshop. But mostly they were all waiting for Steve Raymer to open the door, so they could go inside and warm up.
Everyone piled into the warehouse to see what was for sale, and we found a nice variety of items marked with reasonable prices. There were several horn speakers, some vintage tube hi-fi, and a number of floor model radios. Probably the best deal was a heavy 1930 Fada console in a fancy cabinet with carved sides for $35. Kip Wallace brought snacks and soft drinks and we had about an hour to socialize before the workshop started.
As usual, there was a good sized crowd. Steve Raymer ran the show and started by having Jim Thompson tell us a little about the upcoming Radio Daze 2014 event. It should be another must-attend meet!
Next, George Werl demonstrated a freeware SPICE program, LTspice IV, a very powerful tool that can be used to design electronic circuits and simulate their operation on a PC. George also presented a brief history of how Tesla was able to broadcast power, and then entertained us by operating his Chromatic Electricity Demonstrator, which he claimed was like one Tesla had, although it seemed to most of us that there might be some sort of trick involved. See him demonstrate this to some kids at the Pavek Museum: Vimeo video
Steve Brown, a CBS Radio Engineer who works with the antenna towers in Shoreview, demonstrated how an Array Solutions model 4170 Antenna/Lab RF Analyzer can analyze transmitting antenna circuits. It is simply a circuit board that plugs into a PC, along with some software, and costs about $500. It can be used to measure antenna SWR curves by sending pulses over a range of frequencies and monitoring what is reflected back.
Ken Ladd talked about various crystal radios he has built, many with parts scavenged from household items. Jim Reynolds had a inexpensive portable shortwave radio from the C. Crane Company capable of presetting 200 stations. Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries were recommended.
Steve Raymer talked about Del Schlumpberger's method to replace a 6U5 magic eye tube with an easier-to-find 1629, and Lyn Mattson told us about a transmitter project he is working on.
Steve wrapped up another great workshop with a demonstration of Allen Lein's latest handcrafted vacuum tube Dual Curve Tracer. Thank you Steve!
RADIO DAZE 2013 REPORT
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.
The next morning was wet. It rained on and off until just before 11a.m., so the swap meet got a very late start. Some of the sellers had left, but those that stuck it out did a brisk business for a few hours before the program started at 2 pm.
Frank Rasada did a great job as auctioneer, along with his team of spotters and haulers - Jim Thompson, Kip Wallace, Bill Fanum, Bill Linder, Matt Hyman, and Glen Berg. And Don Hauff's team of Mary Farmer, Kim Wagar and Lynn Wagar also did wonders with the business end of the auction. Great job everyone!
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.
Steve Raymer introduced guest speaker Jim Ramsburg, who put on a very entertaining show about the Golden Age of Radio Broadcasting, complete with prizes for audience members who correctly answered his questions. The program ended with our usual abundance of door prizes, thanks to the Kip Wallace family.
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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RADIO DAZE CONTEST PICTURES