A selection of books of interest to the vintage radio enthusiast, plus two novels, one of which features a vintage radio receiver as an integral part of the plot. All books are available from Amazon (on-line) and on order from most good bookshops. The two novels have short You Tube videos and links are given to these.

VINTAGE RADIOS

Collecting - Servicing - Restoring

 

This book tells you everything you need to know about buying, repairing and restoring valve radios. The theory behind the technology is fully explained in a straightforward non-mathematical way and there is guidance on buying from on-line auctions and other sources, with tips on what to avoid.

Again, a very popular book, now fully revised and enlarged for 2015. Together with 'Vintage Valve Radios', this book is very good value at just £12.95.

Available from Amazon and by order from bookshops.

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VINTAGE VALVE RADIOS

 

 

 A practical guide to the collection and restoration of vintage valve radios. The technology of yesteryear is fascinating to see and work with and there is great pleasure to be gained in turning a wreck into a beautiful functioning receiver.

Many people are amazed at just how good valve radios can be: the technology may be outmoded but valve radio remains one of the greatest inventions ever.

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VINTAGE RADIOS

Crowood collectors series

 

This full-colour book has hundreds of high quality images of vintage radios from all periods, and includes European and American receivers. Each is accompanied by brief details of value, age and maker and the coverage extends from the very early 1920s through to the transistor era. The story of radio is told, along with other useful hints on cabinet restoration and sources for materials and data.

A very popular book, available from bookshops (usually to order) or direct from Amazon, on the link provided.

 

 

£19.99

 

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THE MIND OF

CHARLES ALLEN

Charles is gifted – though he’d consider himself cursed – with paranormal ability. All he’d ever wanted was to be ‘normal’ but this was not to be. He had learned to act in ways his friends would accept, trying hard to keep from them the truth about his terrifying nightmares, ghostly experiences and debilitating migraines, but when Hazel was murdered in a particularly vile way she haunted him and he could no longer ignore his gift even though the price was appallingly high. The search for the killer meant he would die in agony, many times over… but then there was Kate, beautiful, sensuous Kate to occupy his mind.

There is some coarse language, several murders and some explicit scenes of a sexual nature. The story is told by Charles and ranges over several decades in the later 20th century.

Robert Laing is a nom-de-plume for Tony Thompson

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TIME TO KILL

In 1942, a German bomber approaches the British coastline. Its crew could not know it, but it was to be their final mission.

In 1966, a grieving young woman recovering from debilitating depression enters a saleroom bids on impulse and wins an old valve radio. The radio is hers…  or is she now the property of the radio? She takes it home, believing it ideal for her newly-acquired 1930s house; but both the radio and the house play a far larger part in her life than she could ever have imagined. The glowing valves of the old receiver hold the key to her lost past and before long she is drawn into a nightmarish, haunted journey in time; and as the boundary between reality and fantasy fragments, a horrific secret is revealed, one that puts her life and the lives of her friends in extreme danger.

Help arrives when Vaughan, a paranormal investigator, teams up with her to solve her mysterious and terrifying experiences, but will they be in time to stop a deranged murderer from killing again?

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RESTORING VALVE RADIOS 

Part one: (Getting to Know Vintage Radio) Safety considerations, Hand Tools, Materials, Power Tools and Test equipment, Becoming Familiar With Chassis, Home Constructed Sets and the Little Maestro, Beware the Phantom, Initial Checks and Tests with Fault Tracing Charts

Part Two: (Example Restorations from the 1930s) Philips 2534, TRF Versus Superhet, Ultra Tiger, GEC BC3754, Philco 444, Soldering Techniques. (Example Restorations from the 1940s) Cameo U54A, Using Capacitors to Replace Ballast Resistors, Ekco U76, Marconiphone T18DA, HMV 1117. (Example Restorations from the 1950s) Cossor 501AC, Bakelite - The Material With a Thousand Uses, Bush DAC90A, Pye P76, Defiant (model unknown), Philips 353A, Make Your Own HT Batteries

Part Three: (Useful Restoration Projects) Replacing a Broken Glass Dial by Scanning, Repairs to Bakelite, Respraying Bakelite Cabinets, Repairing a Torn Loudspeaker Cone, Creating Nameplates for Push Buttons, Casting Replacement Knobs, Fitting a Replacement Wave-change Switch to a DAC90A

Appendix: Useful Formulae, Suppliers, Selected Websites, Postscript.  Fully printable

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Why not take a look at the brief videos that give some impression of the novels? Neither novel is for squeamish readers. The Mind of Charles Allen has a small amount of explicit sexual content and contains graphically written murder details, Time To Kill is a ghost story of an unusual form but based upon the true phenomenon of a haunted radio receiver as described to me by a radio enthusiast. No explicit sex in this story but more than one murder. Both novels are suspenseful and will grip the reader from the start.

VIDEO LINKS

THE MIND OF CHARLES ALLEN

TIME TO KILL

 

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