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View Poll Results: Are you still interested in antique radios?
Yes!!! I'm more of a radio guy than a TV guy. 7 9.21%
Not really, they bore me. 5 6.58%
I enjoy vintage radios and TVs equally. 44 57.89%
A few maybe, but by and large I'm more of a TV guy. 20 26.32%
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Old 11-07-2016, 09:16 PM
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When I voted I went with more of a radio guy than a TV guy because that is my business. Truth is I like them both equally and prefer the high end radios and TV's for the challenge because fixing 2-3 hundred run of the mill radios a year can get a little boring.

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Old 12-24-2018, 03:05 AM
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I like tvs and radios..any of them

What I did with my Philco 39-116 was attach a Kraco FM converter to the AM
terminal running on a 12 volt power supply...tune radio to 1440kc and..voila!
One FM radio coming up.Now I can listen to all the old-time radio shows on our
FM stations Saturday and Sunday nights..It does not harm the Philco in any way. no modifications to it of any kind..more than one way to get FM on an older radio, and it sounds great!
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Old 12-24-2018, 09:54 AM
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What I did with my Philco 39-116 was attach a Kraco FM converter to the AM
terminal running on a 12 volt power supply...tune radio to 1440kc and..voila!
One FM radio coming up.Now I can listen to all the old-time radio shows on our
FM stations Saturday and Sunday nights..It does not harm the Philco in any way. no modifications to it of any kind..more than one way to get FM on an older radio, and it sounds great!
That's a clever set-up. I can't stress enough how worth it is to invest into a good AM transmitter though. I paid $200 at least 15 years ago for my transistor model and have used it almost daily ever since with no problems. I'm a big fan of old classic radio shows and there's nothing like enjoying them via the original equipment they were transmitted to!
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Old 12-24-2018, 10:41 AM
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For radios with a phono input, the options are more open/easier to find. My favorite is the Pilotuners they were made early post-WWII, can have excellent sensitivity and fidelity, switch automatically between phono pass thru and FM with the power switch, and a lot of people connected them to their pre-war radios so even if it is not the best match you have the excuse of "it was not uncommon for sets like this still in use post war to have one of these attached."

I've started hoarding 50's-60's tube mono HiFi FM tuners for the same purpose.
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What I did with my Philco 39-116 was attach a Kraco FM converter to the AM
terminal running on a 12 volt power supply...tune radio to 1440kc and..voila!
One FM radio coming up.Now I can listen to all the old-time radio shows on our
FM stations Saturday and Sunday nights..It does not harm the Philco in any way. no modifications to it of any kind..more than one way to get FM on an older radio, and it sounds great!
I remember those units, wish i had one for my 1968 torino... Factory AM radio doesnt have much these days..

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Old 01-02-2019, 09:02 PM
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I use a surplus "talking house" transmitter, getting the feed off of the interwebs. Still like radios, mostly the earlier stuff, 20's and 30's. Even like the 1 tube regen sets, they have amazing performance for so few parts.
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:40 PM
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What I did with my Philco 39-116 was attach a Kraco FM converter to the AM
terminal running on a 12 volt power supply...tune radio to 1440kc and..voila!
One FM radio coming up.Now I can listen to all the old-time radio shows on our
FM stations Saturday and Sunday nights..It does not harm the Philco in any way. no modifications to it of any kind..more than one way to get FM on an older radio, and it sounds great!
I shoulda got one those. I ended up tying a Pilot T601 to the volume wiper of my Philco 42-380/390 to get FM.

I might still brew up an AM transmitter so I can send audio from my system to my radios. Kinda like I do with my Blonder-Tongue and old TVs
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Old 01-07-2019, 02:40 AM
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Vintage radio on two AM stations! I use my vintage Philco and enjoy how radio, and comedy/drama used to be DX. I look forward to running my '36 Philco (under construction) and getting my '40 Zenith (TV/Phono input) repaired. Here's to the majesty of the 6L6 and the 6V6!
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I'd like to be able to dial in FM stations with the radio's original tuning capacitor. There is one converter of know of with this capability, offered by P.A.F. Electronics Italia.

I'm doing what I can to the big Pye radio at a slow pace as the previous owner doesn't care about it. I have the chassis stripped down and de-rusted, not much but it's a start. The power transformer checked good but the wiring is rotten so I'll have to trace that all the way back to the windings for replacement.
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