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September 27, 2015 - Annual Meeting
November 07, 2015 - NARC Fall Indoor Swap Meet
February 2016 - Workshop and Outdoor Mini-Swap Meet
May 20-21, 2016 - Radio Daze 2016
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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 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 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 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!
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