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  • New Old Radio

    Zenith 7G01 AM/FM table top radio

    manufactured in early 1950’s with a bakelite case.

    Found at Dupage county flea market, for $15

    Don’t know if it works, it does need some polish and replacement pointers for the station, and some new paint for the station numbers.


    Continue reading  Post ID 1818

  • Philco 48-214 Part 1

    First Part of the restoration process has been completed for this classic AM radio. All pieces have been removed from the case, including the grill clothe and plastic dial cover. So far I have put in about 4 hours to get to this point over the past few weeks to take apart, sand and order parts and supplies.

    Cost so far has been —

    Decal – $6.95

    parts + S&H ~$27.00

    sandpaper ~$9.00


    total so far $42.95


    still need the wood stain, polyurethane, white latex/oil paint, and brushes, also any other components that need replacing.


    Parts ordered from mouser, BOM-philco-48-214 (spreadsheet).

    Decal ordered from Vintage Radio Labels.

    Sandpaper was bought at Meijer.

    circuit diagram and repair guide from Nostalgia Air.





    Next steps, re-cap the radio, stain, sand, paint and coat the case, find a suitable grill cloth, since the one that it came with is a little stretched because someone, decided to poke it too hard.

    So far so good.

  • Winter project Philco 48-214 AM Tube Radio

    Hello, been awhile.
    I finally have some time to work on projects, and this one can be incremental where I can put 5 mins here, or 10 mins there to work on this. My goal is to restore this radio to working condition, replace all the old capacitors, refinish the wooden cabinet, and replace the speaker clothe.

    I have already started to strip and sand the cabinet, and I have found decals to replace the Philco Transitone decal that’s on the front.

    So far I am really looking forward to finish this by Christmas.

  • Oscilloscope calibration, what a pain

    Awhile back, I had recieved an oscilloscope from someone. a Conar model 255 solid state oscilloscope. 


    It worked ok but I couldnt trust the readings from it or even the voltages it displayed. I could get basic wave forms displayed and thats all I really needed it for. As time went on it started acting up. Certain setings would not display, simple sqaure waves had major overshoot …… I could go on with so many of the issues that started to appear. So today I sat down and did the calibration from the manual. What a pain.

    total time spent on it was about an hour and I did the best I could.
    I still need need to buy 2x LM733 and a 741 or a better drop in replacement, also a few capacitors and transistors. But those will have to wait till I am employed again.

    here are a few pics of the internals