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         The life and times of Mark and Paula Persons
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019: 
Radio Repairman Mark was busy for ten hours, in his shop, restoring a 1920s vintage Victor radio.  Cabinet Refinisher Paula spent at least three hours cleaning and polished the beautiful wood cabinet.  This one was built before RCA (Radio Corporation of America) purchased the company.  It then became RCA Victor, a famous brand.  The radio has two chassis.  The upper one is the radio frequency part while the bottom is the power supply and audio amplifier.  A test showed the radio draws 70 watts from a 120 VAC power line.  Today's radios use maybe 3 watts.  This Victor radio sound surprisingly good and is fairly sensitive, easily picking up KLTF Radio in Little Falls some 35 miles away.  Remember, vintage radios of this era were AM receivers only, no FM.  Television was still a long way in the future so radio was it. 
The tuning knob is not pushed left and right, it is rotated and the mechanism moves it left or right.  A very well thought out arrangement.  Interestingly, radios of this type do not have great financial value....maybe a couple hundred dollars.  They just feel good to collectors.

The radio dial is set to 650 KHz, the spot where WSM, Nashville, TN, can be heard on a clear night.  WSM Radio is famous for the Grand Ole Opry.  Mark and Paula saw a live performance of the Opry at Ryman Auditorium on December 1, 2018

Joke of the Day:  Long ago when there were hour-long radio programs, you might have heard an announcer say, "Coming up next on Cliffhanger Theatre..........."

Quote of the day:    Yes, this is reliving history.   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

Questions, Comments?  Email Mark Persons  teki@mwpersons.com

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