- How do I pack my radio for
- Where can I find
replacement vacuum tubes for my radio?
- Why doesn't my radio receive
anything but static?
- Who is a good supplier of
You can obtain packing guidelines from the major
carriers, such as USPS, UPS, FedEx, and the like. In
general, your table model radio should be packed to
6-foot drop to a hard floor. You might want to consider
having it professionally packed at one of commercial mailing
services. Console radios present special problems; they are
best crated and shipped by a shipping service.
Wireless Workshop maintains an inventory of tubes
exclusively for use in the radio restorations we perform. We
do not sell parts by themselves. An excellent source of
vacuum tubes is Antique
Electronic Supply, www.tubesandmore.com
Assuming the radio is in operating condition, it may need
an external antenna to receive am broadcast stations. Most
radios built in the 1920's and 1930's require an antenna to
be connected to the radio. A screw terminal or binding post
at the back of the set marked "A" , "ANT", "AERIAL" . In
urban or suburban areas, inside a house with wood frame
construction, 15 to 20 foot length of just about any kind of
insulated wire connected to the antenna terminal will
usually give fairly decent reception. This wire can be
strung along the baseboard of the floor adjacent to the
radio. For rural locations or inside buildings with a lot of
metal in their construction (like most commercial buildings)
more sophisticated antennas are usually required.
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We suggest you contact C. Crane Company at www.ccrane.com They
have a variety of good antenna products, and the expertise
to guide you toward the best antenna for your needs.